Now I’ve give you all a fright with the lovely large hairy spiders in Tasmania, Australia, perhaps it’s time to tell you some farm stories about our seriously cute native Australian animals. Particularly I’d like to tell you about some of the cute and quirky animals that are here right on our farm.
We have platypus, but they are shy and we don’t see them very often.
Then we have echidnas. Spiny little creatures that are so cute. This one decided to come into our dairy one afternoon during milking. Very unusual. They are shy too.
On Thursday Paul sent me a this photo of a wallaby who was up way past his bed time. They are nocturnal but he was burning the mid-day-oil in our front garden. No doubt he was helping out with the pruning of my parsley – again!
There are lots of birds. Black swans, Willy wag tails, Eagles, Hawks, Finches, Purple Swamp Hens, Native Hens, Mountain Ducks… too many to tell you about. Here is a Blue Wren and a Jenny Wren taken a few years ago on our wood box outside the front door.
And most years there are Welcome Swallow babies in their permanent nest also right outside the front door. This nest is a fixture on the farm house. When the house was painted several years ago the painter had firm instructions to carefully paint around it.
A celebrity one-eyed Kookaburra came to visit in 2010. He seemed very tame, wanting to be where people were. I phoned the local wildlife park in Mole Creek (about 20 minutes drive from here) and asked if they were missing a one-eyed Kookaburra and they were. There’d been a big storm several days previously and his enclosure had been damaged. They came right over and had no trouble getting him to come to them. I was sad to see him go but happy to know he was safe. Paul had been feeding him mince but I was still concerned he was hungry.
Then there are our two cats Poppy and Mintie.
The cats have a tough life as you can see.
And there are cows – 100s of them. Here are two of the stars of the herd.
But if you are lucky you will see the rare Wild Man from Montana, an introduced species from New Zealand who has adapted to life in Tasmania as if he was a native. Sometimes if you are really lucky you will see him dressed up for dinner leaping over water tanks. Other times he’ll be in his farm gear and gum boots or dressed up for running. The rarest of all farm creatures, in fact there is only one in all the world.
Lots of seriously cute and perhaps some quirky animals out here on the farm. I hope this dose of cuteness has taken away the chills that my last post might have caused.
Happy running 🙂