Just a quickie post today…
I’m really going to miss South Perth. The River, the gardens, the greenery – just the general feel of the place and the lifestyle it allows. I’m also going to miss the local wildlife – all the lovely birds and the occasional dolphin – and the happy dogs playing in the park. I’ll miss the cafe strip (located so close to my house I can practically order a chai latte by yelling out my bedroom window) and the quiet neighbourhood where I go for my walks.
Yesterday I dragged myself out of the house to get some exercise, spurred on by a.) the sight of my thighs, and b.) the realisation that I soon won’t be able to walk around the River every day or play wildlife photographer with the local cockatoo population.
The two main types of “cocky” in my neighbourhood are the pink and grey Galahs and the Corella. Corellas are noisy and destructive little buggers and many councils have resorted to culling them to reduce their numbers. The do indeed make a racket when they are in large groups and even one solo bird is enough to send you a bit deaf. They’re cheeky little chappies though – quite comical and clown-like in their antics. The South Perth foreshore is often covered in large flocks of them, interspersed with a few galahs. Corellas tend to dig up the lawn areas, looking for tasty roots or bulbs, leaving lots of holes everywhere. They also “trim” tree branches, causing damage and leaving the tree vulnerable to fungus and insect attack. Many of these birds have been introduced to Western Australia from other states so they’re actually foreign interlopers!
I was able to get quite close to the galahs – they seem to be the braver of the two species (probably as many of them are either escaped “tame” birds or the offspring of) whereas the corellas kept a safe distance. The galahs seemed to even pose for me, stopping what they were doing for a few seconds while I snapped a shot or two.
Hopefully, wherever I end up moving to, I will be able to find some nice parkland areas or other places where there is wildlife to discover. Because I need all the incentive I can get when it comes to exercise.
I plan on planting lots of natives in my new garden-which-isn’t-a-garden-yet so that I can attract the local birds. I will be getting myself some cats (it will be my reward for all the crap I have gone through with the purchasing process to finally have some moggies) but they will be indoor felines – no hunting for them. Part of the reason I wanted a two-storey house was so they would have stairs to run up and down. I might join them – we shall have buns of steel together! 🙂
Hope you are having a happy day – enjoy some time outside, if you can x