Wildlife Reserve

I’ve been to some pretty wild and remote areas of Australia—even wilder and more remote on trips back than on that first trip. I’ve seen just about all of Australia’s famous and fascinating wildlife out where it lives. However, my love of these creatures is such that my delight is hardly diminished by seeing them in wildlife reserves. Of course, these reserves have the tremendous benefit of having experts on hand who can tell you all about the animals, so one gains a great deal by visiting them. (And that’s without even talking about how many reserves are rescuing endangered animals.)

Within two days of arriving in Sydney, I was at a wildlife reserve in Kuring-Gai Chase National Park. This park is both mountainous and heavily forested, and is a glorious setting for viewing critters. (And it is worth noting that this wilderness area is within a couple of hours drive from downtown Sydney—and the relatively close proximity of urban benefits to wilderness escapes is one of the chiefest charms for me of Australian cities.)

The wildlife reserve had all the animals one hopes to see: cockatoos, emus, wallabies, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, and lots more. Below are images from that day of an emu mom with an already impressively large chick, a sulphur-crested cockatoo (I am endlessly astonished by the pristine beauty of the feathers of this bird), and the sad little ‘roo that I compared to Eeyore.

Emu with chick

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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4 responses to “Wildlife Reserve

  1. Now this is right near where I lived in Sydney during my teen and university years. We were in Ku-ring-gai Shire. The Park is not really in the shire but borders it. Beautiful part of Sydney. We took a young American lad to Bobbin Head – the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos gob-smacked him. We were so surprised. To us they were just big white (noisy) birds – albeit with a yellow crest. But, I have looked at them differently ever since then.

    • Funny. I ran into a lot of that in Australia — people surprised at my reaction to things. Joy would be met with, “Oh, those [Port Lincoln parrots, cockatoos, galahs, rosellas, bower birds, magpies, kookaburras, whatever] are so common. We hardly even notice them.” I don’t know if my delight changed their perception, but I never got over the wonder of those birds. But then, I can happily sit and watch local birds perched on the edge of my balcony. So I love creation in general—but in Australia, not only were the birds exotic and glorious, they were also bolder. As D. H. Lawrence wrote, ““That is another of the charms of Australia: the birds are not really afraid.”

      • I didn’t know he said that! I must remember that one. I love to watch birds too. It was just that with the Sulphur-cresteds I was surprised that they impressed so compared with other more colourful birds but they are quite large and their pure whiteness with the yellow is pretty stunning I now realise. We went to Big Bend Nat Park in the US … famous for its birds. Loved it.

  2. I like the third picture. He is cute.

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