Sunday, 8 February 2009

A Friend

We had a friend visit our backyard yesterday. She was a blue-tongued skink, a type of lizard. I greeted her respectfully and then told Tim. He got the camera and took this photo. She is about 40 cm long. Yesterday, Tim saw a kangaroo in the woods. I heard something but didn't see him. Tim just got a glimpse of the tail as he bounded away. I was on the lead, otherwise I might have investigated. I think It is this fondness for enquiring about the wildlife that caused me to be on the lead.

Life is great when you are visited by a blue-tongued skink.


Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

A kangaroo in the woods? Wow! We get to see deer sometimes and the occasional rabbit or fox and a few birds!


Raising Addie said...


You have the COOLEST animals around your house!

All we have here are squirrels...

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie & Lucie

Amber said...

What fun creatures you get to see! Are the kangaroos scared of you??


Matilda said...

Hi Ruby!
Thank you for your comment on my blog! You live in a wonderful place! I have never seen any lizards. Not scary?
Kisses and Hugs

Confessions of a Wandering Soul said...

So blessed you are to be surrounded by the splendid beauty of nature.Cherish your blissful moments to the fullest :)

Ruby said...

Hi Ruby
That little guy is cute. I wish he would come play at my house and the kangaroo too.
It's too cold for enything but the birds here. They are starting to sing every morning. A sign that spring is on the way.
Love Ruby

Black Jack's Carol said...

Can't imagine meeting a kangaroo, or even catching a distant glimpse. And M-M said it well - "You have the COOLEST animals..." I KNOW Black Jack would agree, but I do too. Thanks, Ruby Isabella, for the regular updates in your world.

Ruby Isabella said...

Thanks everyone for helping us appreciate the unique wildlife we have. We don't have deers or squirrels so they seem exotic to us. It is warm all year here so we do not experience the birds begining to chirp at spring time. This is very exotic to us.

Kangaroos are shy but inquisitive. Tim told me about one day he was cycling and came across a mob of kangaroos. He stopped and stared at them from about 100m away. They did the same thing. So they stared at each for a long while.

Lizards aren't scary. But in the woods there are some goannas which are about 4 feet long. Humans have to be a bit careful because if they get startled, they will climb the nearest tall thing. It is usually a tree but it could be a human and they have very sharp claws. So if a goanna is chasing you, you have to get down on the ground.

However, it is not the goannas, spiders, snakes, sharks or sting rays that is the most dangerous thing of nature. It is very sad that in Victoria they are having very bad bush fires and more than 100 people have died. Our thoughts go out to them and their families.