Lady R's family was nice enough to bring me along for a big family gathering they had this month. If you're reading family oh R, again THANK YOU!!!
Given the current natural disasters that are ravaging through that country right now, it was a very epic and memorable time to be there. There was a lot of loss and hardship, but at the same time it was amazing to see the whole country rally to the aid of the bushfire and flood victims!
However being the trooper I am, I didn't let a little thing like rain and bad weather get me down!
- or Spiders
In other words all the fun critters I could find (minus crocodiles, but they just don't live that far South in Australia...).
Sadly I managed to not see any of the listed critters (at least till later in the trip!). However I was not one to let that damper my danger seeking spirit, and within my first day I found one of the most venomous critters on Earth! Fortunately not on Lady R's list. So no trouble for me!
Unlike New Zealand, Australia has proper tidal pools for me to explore. Unlike North American tidal pools though, it turns out these ones have deadly critters!
Here he is in moving action. The moment he figured out I was there based on his actions you'll see.
The reason for all the in rough shape wildlife? There'd be a HUGE storm the night before, and my theory is it damaged a lot of stuff offshore, and washed the hurt ones into the pools (note my first octopus was fine, and I think he was supposed to live there, unlike Lady R's giant).
For the first couple days I was taunted by Pelicans such as these flying over head. All I'd manage were distant blurry digital zoomed photographs like these.
Till on the third day, during a brief break from the weather (among the three times it could have passed for almost nice weather), I discovered where the Pelicans were gathering and flocking too.
The outlet for a river into the ocean. It was teaming with bait fish, which the Pelicans naturally were trying to eat.
This for a day was my best photo. Digital Zoom grainy yes, but passable for an okay photo.
So I was able to leisurely walk right up to them and take pictures like this... No zoom or anything!
Cool (which you'll note rhymes with the just mentioned pool)! Not only I was I doing some hardcore urban zoology, but I now had some bait with which the Kookaburras might come into range for!
Remember how I wasn't supposed to go find spiders. Well I didn't, they found me!
At the very end of our trip me and Lady R explored Sydney for 2 days. Saw lots of cool stuff, like the local zoo, aquarium, and of course museum.
Here is a teaser, but that's all you're going to get out of me.
Funny enough on this last day we actually got some nice weather.
Sadly it was on this note we had to bid Sydney farewell, and return to crap weather here in Dunedin.
Oh well had a fun time. Saw some amazing things, and got to hang with my special girl.
Thanks once again to Mama R for letting me come along (and ruin the trip ;P )