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It’s feral out there

Project: Fernglade Farm

Posted by Chris McLeod almost 10 years ago

Some people have cattle, goats, sheep, or pigs in their productive systems. Here the native animals slot into that role and you can see kangaroos, wallabies, birds and wombats all happily munching together on the herbage.

Some nights it’s like a zoo out there in the orchard.

Last night was one of the first warm nights of the spring season and the wind was blowing strongly with the air that had collected over the warm deserts in the centre of the continent. A late wind change was expected which then brings cooler moist air in from the oceans to the south of the continent. The animals just know that rain was expected after the warmth.

Of all the animals here, the wombats are the most sensible. In another story they’d probably be hobbits living in their underground houses waiting until conditions were just right before poking their noses out to see what was going on around them. Certainly they’d avoid adventure! And if it was raining, well that would be just another good excuse for an extra bit of disco nap time. Still, wombats like their food too, so if rain is on the weather radar, they’ll quickly nick down to the shop for a quick bite whilst it’s still light before heading back to bed again.
Last night was one of those rare nights here, when all of the native animals popped by at the same time for a quick snack just as dusk was setting in.

Fatso the wombat and Stumpy the house wallaby

That’s a photo of Fatso, who is the boss wombat around here with his dodgy mate Stumpy the house wallaby. They’re both just on the other side of the new blackberry enclosure. From time to time a smaller wombat also visits the farm, called baby wombat – when Fatso isn’t around, of course – but that one is a bit skittish about being caught on Fatso’s turf, so he wasn’t there. Stumpy the house wallaby however, is around all of the time and he often bounces around in circles tiring out the dogs, who are all rightfully nervous about getting too close to Stumpy.

Last night however, it wasn’t just those two colourful characters. The whole gang turned up en masse. Big Daddy roo, the 6+ foot eastern grey forest kangaroo turned up with his harem (a few of whom are just outside the photo), a second smaller wallaby was on hand and you can even see one of the magpie family which live here and are undoubtedly the hardest working birds on the farm

For the rest of the entry click on: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/


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