Healesville Sanctuary

We camped Friday night in Healesville, at a caravan park.  Woken early by the kookaburras and the children on bicycles, we still managed a slow start on our day.  For brekkie, we went to the Innocent Bystander.  M had a breakfast calzone with ham, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, feta, and egg, and C had corn fritters with bacon, avocado, and a sweet tomato salsa.  Mmmm mmm good.  

 

In the afternoon, we went to the Healesville Sanctuary, the best native fauna wildlife sanctuary in all of Australia.  The highlight of the park is the World of the Platypus, where we were able to see these peculiar little creatures live and in action.  Being nocturnal/crepuscular animals, the exhibit is in a darkened tunnel, and no photography is allowed (read =  you’re going to have to go there yourself to see ’em because we ain’t got no photos).  Early Europeans thought this critter was an elaborate hoax, what with it being a duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed, swimming, furry, venomous mammal…

 

The grounds are full of native flora habitats for the native fauna species, with everything from kangaroos to dingoes to Tasmanian devils to emus.  We watched a great Birds of Prey demonstration, where we learned how Australian black-breasted buzzards break open emu eggs with rocks, and got to duck under a swooping wedge-tailed eagle (see below for the geoglph).  

 

Beatrice breaks open her (fake) emu egg

Beatrice breaks open her (fake) emu egg

 

More gratuitous Australian animal photos:

 

wedge-tailed eagle (Bunjil)

wedge-tailed eagle (Bunjil)

 

sleeping wombat

sleeping wombat

 

Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil

 

a dingo

a dingo

 

goanna (lace monitor lizard)

goanna (lace monitor lizard)

And two more:

(Check out the names of the twins)

 

note: they were born (and named) in 1998

note: they were born (and named) in 1998

Mike gets attacked by the Bunjil sculpture at the entrance:

 

the Bunjil wins

the Bunjil wins

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