The wildlife had to be one of the high points of Australia. Some animals, we were able to see in the wild as well as captivity; others, we were only able to see in a wildlife park or preserve. With many, we were able to get up close and personal, actually touching them. Others, just seeing was enough. My initial list of photos to include here is so long that I shall endeavor to cut it further as I develop this post, perhaps limiting it to one or two "in the wild" and one or two "in captivity" shots. Let's see if I can succeed.
One of the things I miss most about Australia now that we're home is waking up to some of the most incredible bird calls I've ever heard. Some readers who might also be birders will cringe at my statement that I've never really noticed the calls of birds here. Owls, maybe, at night, but not really any others during the daytime. In Australia, we woke up most mornings to some of the most incredible bird calls. There are birds that stand out here--cardinals come to mind--but the everyday ones we saw in Australia are the same ones we'd go to the National Zoo in Washington, DC to see here. So let's start with the birds.
In the post I managed to put up from Western Australia, I noted that we'd seen that popular crossword puzzle answer, emu, in the wild.
At the same place we saw the captive emu, we saw these guys up in a tree, which technically makes them in the wild.
Coming next: Mammals and more.