Some years ago when trees were planted along the banks of Milford Creek, which runs beside our house, we thought the only change would be the loss of the few ocean glimpses we had to the east over the rooftops in the few hundred metres between us and the coast. Instead, as the trees grew, the birds and other wildlife came, and stayed.
The photos below were taken from the first floor deck on our house. They are but a sample of the wildlife parade along and above the banks of Milford Creek.
This Australian summer has seen record-breaking heatwaves across the continent – but not in Apollo Bay. This koala was spotted ambling through the lush mid-summer grass on the creek bank, in search of a manna gum in which to dine and spend the night.
This koala is sporting a particularly fine set of ears.
Koalas look lethargic and slow when walking on the ground. But they are strong and athletic when climbing – perfectly adapted. They have a surprising turn of speed when climbing, if the need arises.
Free solo climbing in gum trees requires careful assessment of each move.
Classic koala pose.
When the colourful feathers of the laughing kookaburra are seen up close, the kingfisher connection is much more obvious.
Striking a pose for the camera.
Smiling kookaburra (about to laugh).
The beak that strikes fear into snakes, lizards, mice and insects.
A female yellow-tailed black cockatoo.
Closeup of a female yellow tailed black cockatoo – identifiable as female by the large yellow cheek patch, the grey ring around the eyes and the pale beak.
Closeup of a male yellow-tailed black cockatoo – identifiable as male by the smaller yellow cheek patch, the red ring around the eyes and the dark beak.
The beautiful plumage of the little wattlebird
White-naped honeyeater. These are quite difficult to photograph as they rarely sit still for more than a second or two, and they dart around at high speed.
Satin bowerbird. Gender can be difficult to determine at a glance. This is either a female or an immature male (majority opinion favours female). I have seen these birds often enough, but I first saw the striking blue eyes when I examined this photo. This bird was a bit cranky about a koala who was dining on manna gum leaves just a branch or two away. The koala completely ignored the bowerbird and just kept eating.