Wednesday, August 15, 2007

it's the wildlife, baby


From the day we brought him home from the hospital, my son has been intrigued with this stained glass panel in our kitchen. It's a rosella parrot, quite common in these parts. Nevertheless, everytime I see one I have to stand and stare a while. So I guess I'm like my baby boy, except he's in awe of the stained glass version and I'm in awe of the real thing. That's the great thing about living in Australia, there's such amazing wildlife. There's a park about a block away from where I live, and when it warms up I'll be able to see cockatoos there everyday. Real live cockatoos! And not birds that will be in a cage for the rest of their lives.

Driving around in the bush you can see kangaroos, wombats, and if you're very, very lucky, maybe even a koala or echidna. So when you're watching the Discovery Channel and all they can talk about is how many snakes and spiders there are in Australia that can kill you, just remember that there's also some very cool animals here that are not quite so deadly.

On the downside, those birds can be freakin' loud! They totally wake me up sometimes!

These are the birds of our neighborhood:


1 comment:

jomama said...

great pic, sis! i'm glad you love the wildlife down there. maybe i can come visit again soon!