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Seems life and death has been a bit of theme this week. Stumbled across this little Silvereye who had died from hitting a window. Reminded me of this quote - “It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone we know. It is like walking up the stairs to your bedroom in the dark, and thinking there is one more stair than there is. Your foot falls down, through the air, and there is a sickly moment of dark surprise as you try and readjust the way you thought of things” - Lemony Snicket
I started writing a big spiel on roadkill on the island (don’t get me started people) when ironically I stumbled across this poor kangaroo Joey on the side of the road today. It’s mother had been hit by a car. If you can’t have the decency to slow down on the roads, at least have the decency to check if the animal you hit is alive or dead and if by chance a Joey has survived the accident. This guy would have been left to slowly die if I had not found him 😤 I’ve handed the Joey over to the vet and am waiting to hear if they think it has a chance to live or not. Remember slow down! Animals can’t avoid you at 110kmph...... update: unfortunately due to head trauma he didn’t make it and had to put down
SAMs (Sub Adult Males) like most teenagers are the trouble makers of seal bay. They will harass the younger sea lions and test the adults. Very much becoming interested in the girls (although the girls are not so interested in them), they will go along the beach waking up all the girls to see if they can have a snuggle. This is usually meet by a grumpy female who is trying to rest before her next fishing trip, as this young male (on top) found out when he tried to wake this female up (bottom). Although they don’t often have a lot of luck with the ladies, these young boys remain highly optimistic and he simple carried down the beach to the next girl...
If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or, “I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
I’m pretty lucky through work I get to hang out with Australian Sea Lions on the beach most days down on Kangaroo Island. But this is the first time I got to jump in the water with them, over at Port Lincoln. And I gotta admit these guys are the most interactive/fun marine animal I’ve ever swam with. The more twists and turns you do the more they want to play and end up copying you. Such beautiful creatures in and out of the water. Thanks to @adventurebaycharters for another great day. Shot with: GoPro hero silver 4. Music: Discover. Musician: @iksonofficial (also I need someone to teach me how to edit videos properly. Also any one got any ideas oh what that scar is from?)
I only waited 3 years for this present. But it was 110% worth it, to see these amazing animals. Spent the weekend down at Port Lincoln, @southaustralia with @adventurebaycharters exploring another part of the southern ocean. Ever since I was little I’ve always loved animals and sought experiences with them but in a way that doesn’t compromise the welfare of the animal itself. If you ever choose to do it I couldnt recommend @adventurebaycharters more. They are one of three operators that are allowed to take people cage diving but they are the only one the doesn’t use bait and chum (blood and guts) to attract the sharks. Instead they use a music lure and the vibrations in the water to attract them. Sharks (particularly Great Whites) already have a bad rap in @Australia and blood and bait can work them up, like any wild animal, feeding them over time can make them more aggressive towards boats and people, which does nothing for their reputation. The sharks we saw were surprising calm and curious and in turn we all felt calm in the water with them. As the guys said to me, you wouldn’t rock up to Africa and put out food for Lions, so why should it be any different for this apex predator. Sure it’s great to see a Great White with its jaws open coming towards the cage but isnt it refreshing to see another side of them. Music: make me feel, musician: Not the king. 👑
Managed to spot this Limpkin (normally not seeing during the middle of the day) out in the Everglades, wading through the water. Love this shot because everything was completely blurry except for face of the bird. I also love the effect of the moving water as the Limpkin moved through, mixed with the reflection from the overhanging brunches
“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out” ~ James Baldwin
These aren’t my words but I share the same feelings - “Yesterday, the Chinese government made a devastating announcement reversing a 25 year ban on the sale and use of Rhinoceros and Tiger products. It will allow the use of powdered rhino horns and tiger bones for ‘medical research or in healing’ from farmed rhinos and tigers in government certified Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospitals - In a statement announcing the replacement of the 25-year old ban, the State Council said powdered forms of rhino horn and bones from dead tigers could be used in ‘qualified hospitals by qualified doctors’. The animal products can only be obtained from farms, it said, and added ‘parts from those animals classified as antiques could be used in cultural exchanges if approved by the cultural authorities. Even if restricted to antiques and use in hospitals, this trade will surely increase confusion by consumers and law enforcers as to which products are, and are not legal, and would likely expand the markets for other tiger and rhino products. This comes on the very same day that WWF’s Living Planet Report reveals that ‘humanity has wiped out 60% of wildlife since the 1970s’ and that the ‘Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions’ @chancellordavid
You aren’t going to find someone that completes you, and you shouldn’t strive for that. Instead strive to find someone who inspires you to complete yourself. Someone who pushes you, and breaks into you in ways that allow for you to see all of the potential that exists within your bones. I already miss the outback and her beauty, but I will be back. Lovely whistling kite, hanging out on the Murray river
Meet my neighbour, Maggie. She spends her days chasing sticks and finding wild koalas at the sanctuary she lives at. Pretty sure she has more Facebook friends than most people I know. The funny thing with Maggie is I haven’t figured out if she is not smart enough to return the stick or too smart not to give it back.
Did you know Kangaroos are the only large mammal in the world to hop instead of run. Along with other terrestrial macropods, they are also the only mammals to use their tail like a foot when they walk (hence it’s so big). And that they were chosen along with the Emu to feature on the Australian coat of arms because they are the only two animals in Australia that can’t move backwards. Hence representing Australia moving forward as a nation. As they say Australian animals are either strange, venomous or sheep 🐑.................... #australia #kangaroo #southaustralia #seeaustralia #seesouthaustralia #kangarooisland #skippy #macropod #canon #canonaustralia