Featherdale Wildlife Park with Colorado Traveling Ducks in Sydney, Australia

We love animals.  Today we will visit Featherdale Wildlife Park.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Seeing the animals native to Australia will be fascinating.  There are so many kinds of marsupials here, animals with pouches.  This is a wildlife park, so the animals are in enclosures, but the enclosures are large and humans can touch and feed some animals.   Upon entering we were entertained by these wombats.

Wombats

Aren’t they cute?  These animals look like miniature kangaroos, but the sign said they are Red Necked Pademelon.

Feeding small kangaroo like animal. A red necked pademelon

Soapy’s mom is feeding them.   There are several places in the park to purchase approved food for the animals.   We purchased food several times.   This Red Necked Pademelon came to see the Colorado Traveling Ducks.

Red Necked Pademelon

She has a baby in her pouch.   A really colorful bird, the Southern Cassowary is the heaviest of all Australia’s birds.

Southern Cassowry

He has blade like claws and is capable of killing.   He is also capable of swallowing a whole mango.   The Southern Cassowary is an amazing bird.   We like his helmet, too.   In the United States our pelicans are white.

Australian pelicans

Here we have black and white pelicans.   The moms just loved the koalas, so we paid to go in a special area so they could pet and touch this koala.

Petting koala

The koala has thick, soft fur.   Good thing they cannot take animals into Colorado, or I think they might have brought him home.  The Little Penguins are wonderful.

Little penguins

We like animals that are not so much bigger than we are.  These are the smallest penguins in the world.   The sign says some even live under Manly wharf.   We visited Manly but did not see them that day.   Mom and I saw them 14 years ago on Phillips Island, near Melbourne.

Little penguins

We love these little penguins.   You may have heard of the Dingo Fence in Australia’s center, near the opal mines of Coober Pedy.   Mom and I, Zeb the Duck, saw it  years ago.   We were told the Dingo fence is the longest structure in the world, longer than China’s Great Wall.   The fence was necessary to keep the Dingos, Australia’s wild dogs away from the cattle and sheep.   But the Dingo we saw today, was calm and seemed like a dog that could live in our house.

Dingo

The sign told some differences between domestic dogs and dingos.  Dingos do not bark.   That would be nice sometimes.   And the Dingo only breeds once a year.   The short beaked echidna eats termites and other ant species.   A sign told us the female incubates one egg in her pouch.

Short Beaked Echidna

The baby echidna is called a puggle.  A new name for a baby animal to us.  The rest of our group left after a couple hours, but we loved the animals and had not seen all of them.   So we stayed for the entire day, taking a taxi to our hotel.  We stayed until the park closed.   The snack area had outside seating, so we enjoyed a quick lunch.

Lunch

My mom wanted a hot dog and Soapy’s mom wanted chili cheese fries.   Not really sure what all was on those fries, but the moms were happy.

Uninvited lunch guest

We had a visitor, or a beggar, join us for lunch.   There were many signs asking visitors not to feed the birds.   So, sorry, no food for you big bird.   After lunch we continued exploring.

Ghost Bat

The ghost bat is Australia’s largest carnivorous bat.   And he is only 200-240 mm in size.   Next we saw a Bilby.

Bilby

These are rare and live in central deserts, including those near the Kimberly in Western Australia and those of Southwest Queensland.   This Bilby was not interested in seeing us.   Now one of my favorites.

Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil.   He came to meet us.   Four years ago in Tasmania, we saw some Tasmanian Devils and were told they have a disease that could threaten their existence.   These all looked healthy and we were happy to see that.  The Tasmanian Devils were being fed and this guy showed his sharp teeth between taking bites.

Tasmanian devil

We think he is our friend. And a Goodfellows Tree Kangaroo.

Goodfellows Tree Kangaroo

We had never seen one of these nocturnal animals.   He is interesting to see.   Here is a Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

Southern Harry nosed Wombat

The young stay in the pouch for 6-9 months and are weaned at one year of age.   The pouch of the wombat faces backward to avoid collecting dirt in it while digging burrows.   We are sure the baby wombats appreciate that.  Here is a tall bird.

Emu

The emu stands about 2 meters tall.   The female lays the eggs and that is the end of her parental duties.   The male takes over all parental duties, including the incubation of the eggs.   This small guy is a wonder.

Splendid Tree Frog

The Splendid Tree Frog lives near the Kimberly Region of Western Australia.   And we learned that frogs pull their eyes back into their head to help squish the food in their mouth.   This last one we will show you is rather frightening.

Inland Taipan

The inland taipan grows up to two meters long.   It is rare in Queensland, and presumed extinct in New South Wales and Victoria.   The Inland Taipan is considered the world’s most venomous snake.   That is one Australian creature we really don’t want to see in the wild.   As you noticed, we really love the animals and learned so much at Featherdale Wildlife Park.   We spent much of the day feeding kangaroos and admiring koalas.   We hope you visit Featherdale Wildlife Park when you are in Sydney.   Especially if you are not visiting other areas in Australia where you could see these animals in their natural habitat.  Our moms can’t resist showing a couple more photos of some favorites.

Koala

Koalas sleep most of the day and night, but they are just adorable.   And a favorite pastime at the park.

Feeding kangaroo like animal

Soapy’s mom is feeding another small, kangaroo like animal.   There are a lot of photos in this post, but we have over 250 photos of the animals.   I know…Humans    But this is just to cute not to share with you.

Just too cute

The animals are waiting for you to visit.   And buy them some treats.

 

Buckingham Palace and more. Colorado Traveling Ducks stroll around London

We lost our guide.   Today was a free day and our guide was nice to take some of us on the tube and to the river boat.   We got delayed getting off the boat and now we are on our own.   But we will have fun exploring.  This is the famous London Eye.

London Eye

It really looks like fun.   Maybe we will get there today.   But first we wander near the river, then decide to see Buckingham Palace.   Here we are.

Buckingham Palace

This place is really huge.   And Queen Elizabeth calls this home.

Front door

The front door is impressive.   We are not going inside.   We read that tourists can visit during summer months.   This is late October, so everyone is looking from the outside.  Like everyone we have seen pictures of the guards wearing bear skin hats and red jackets.   But they were not here.   We were told different groups of guards are rotated through.   The guards were great, but we wanted those from our memory.   We wandered through a park and admired the pelicans.

Pelicans in the park

The park had a lake, many paths with snack shops and a restaurant.   We enjoyed lunch in the restaurant admiring the beautiful park.   Continuing on our way, we saw this peaceful lawn with chairs available to rent.

Lawn with chairs for rent in park

Here we are.

Household Cavalry Museum

This is the Household Cavalry Museum.   It is beautiful and interesting, but our guards were not here either.    We were not given any other ideas, so we wandered.

Red London double decker bus

This red double decker bus is also in so many pictures of London.   Let’s walk on this bridge and cross the River Thames.

Walking on the bridge over the Thames

This is a pretty bridge.   What is this?   Oh moms, here is the London Eye.

London Eye

Can we ride on it?   Of course, ducks.   Let’s get tickets.   Next time we will take you on the London Eye.

Zeb and Eider Visit Monkey Mia Resort at Shark Bay, Australia

The World Heritage Drive ends at Monkey Mia Conservation Park and Reserve.   Entering the reserve, we stayed Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

This resort is famous for dolphins.   The wild dolphins come into the bay.   The rangers at the reserve feed a few wild dolphins a little food each morning between 7:45 am. and noon.   The rangers greet the dolphins when they arrive, so there is no strict time schedule.   Like many tourists, we went to the beach at 7:45 am.

Waiting for the dolphins to come. Rain came first

Waiting for the dolphins to come. Rain came first

A couple dolphins came in, and then it stated to rain.   Most of the tourists, including our humans, left the beach.   We did see the dolphins and they are beautiful animals.

Wild dolphins

Wild dolphins

This pelican was on the beach also.

Matching blue feet

Matching blue feet

We like his blue feet; they seem to match the human feet with blue shoes.   From our patio, we enjoyed watching the ocean.

From our patio

From our patio.   After the rain

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort has many thing for humans to do.   Chess anyone?

Help us play chess. We cannot move the pieces

Help us play chess. We cannot move the pieces

Anyone want to rent a canoe or kayak and go on the ocean?

Let's get a kayak

Let’s get a kayak

Let’s go swimming when the sky clears.

The sky will become clear and the sun will shine

The sky will become clear and the sun will shine

Maybe beach volleyball or join the seagulls at the outdoor bar?

Come have a drink with us

Come have a drink with us

You can always be entertained by the many pelicans near the resort.

So many pelicans here

So many pelicans here

How about food?  You can sit outside by the fireplace and enjoy  meal, or of course, you can enjoy your food inside.   This fireplace is visible from both sides.

Cozy fireplace behind us

Cozy fireplace behind us

For more information visit http://www.monkeymia.com.au   We enjoyed our brief stay at Monkey Mia, even though it was rather rainy.   Mom said if we are even back in this part of Australia we will definitely stay here again.

Adelaide’s Elder Park with Zeb and Eider Duck

Our time in Adelaide is almost over, so we decided to take the free city bus to Elder Park.   This sign inside the bus shows the support for Adelaide’s athletic teams.

Support for the team and the fans.

Support for the team and the fans.

We left the bus near the Adelaide Oval.   This artistic design behind the stage caught our eyes.

Good art display

Good art display

Crossing the bridge, we reached Elder Park, on the River Torrens.

The Adelaide Oval, River Torrens and Elder Park

The Adelaide Oval, River Torrens and Elder Park

These boats look like fun and good exercise, but not today.

Maybe another day

Maybe another day

There were many friendly black swans in the river.

Graceful Black Swans are everywhere.

Graceful Black Swans are everywhere.

However, this may be a little too close to the swan.

Too close mom

Too close mom

We also saw some very curious pelicans.   This one wants to know what he purchased at the toy store.

Anything for me?

Anything for me?

These Australian pelicans are big.

Pelicans as tall as young humans

Pelicans as tall as young humans

Pelican appears to be taller than these young humans.    Again mom, maybe a little too close.

That is a long beak. We like the pink though

That is a long beak. We like the pink though

This fountain commemorates the visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in March 1954.

Commemorative Fountain

Commemorative Fountain

Nice gazebo.

Pretty gazebo

Pretty gazebo

These are lights on the river.

Lights on the river

Lights on the river

Very nice.    This is a tourist boat.   We are going on Pop Eye I.

We are going on this river boat.

We are going on this river boat.

We are traveling on the river.

Riding down the river

Riding down the river

We like river boats.   We pass the Adelaide Rowing Club.

Our first Rowing Club

Our first Rowing Club

Passing under the historic bridge, this friendly pedestrian waves to us.

Friendly pedestrian

Friendly pedestrian

We like this falling water.

Decorative falling water

Decorative falling water

If you have some time in Adelaide, we suggest a few hours or a day at this park.   Relax and enjoy your vacation, or your home town.