Barking Owl – barks like a dog or cries like a woman

Barking Owl – barks like a dog or cries like a woman

This descriptive name suggests that this owl barks like a dog. Indeed the sound of woof-woof that it makes is like a dog barking. Interestingly, The owl can also make a sound of a crying woman making this bird very vocal. In appearance, Barking Owl is a medium size bird with a heart-shaped face and…

Unique facts about Koala – the iconic marsupial of Australia

Unique facts about Koala – the iconic marsupial of Australia

Koala together with kangaroo and dingo is a symbol of Australia. Read and learn unique facts about koalas to understand how special this little animal is. Some people call them ‘koala bears’ but this is not true as koalas are marsupial which means they carry their children in the pouch the same way as kangaroos…

Australian water dragon – the largest dragon lizard

Australian water dragon – the largest dragon lizard

The Australian water dragon is the largest dragon lizard native to easter Australia. It is not as big as the Yellow Spotted Monitor, but it has an interesting, confronting look. It is very easy to be spotted in parks around Sydney or Brisbane. Interestingly, they are not scared of humans and are easy to tame….

Cape Hillsborough  – meet kangaroos on the beach

Cape Hillsborough – meet kangaroos on the beach

Description Cape Hillsborough National Park is one of the few places in Australia where you can meet kangaroos on the beach every morning. The park offers rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, headlands with hoop pines, and volcanic rock formations. On top of it, the sunrises are just amazing. Imagine yourself feeding a kangaroo at dusk while…

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – awesome and noisy pet

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo – awesome and noisy pet

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo is one of the largest of the many species of white cockatoos. It is a spectacular, clever bird that is super active, noisy and long-lived. They have white feathers and a nice, cheeky, yellow crest that hangs from the top of their head. The sexes look similar in size, but interestingly females…

Pheasant Coucal – unique medieval war cuckoo bird

Pheasant Coucal – unique medieval war cuckoo bird

Pheasant Coucal is a very unique bird with feathers looking like medieval armour or posture taken from a small dinosaur from the Cretaceous era. It has a long tail, short, rounded wings, a blackhead, neck and underbody with upper parts and wings reddish-brown with black and cream barring. Its black tail is barred orange. Sexes…

Royal Spoonbill – weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill – weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill, also known as the Black-Billed Spoonbill is a weird-looking bird with a spoon-like bill. The most distinctive feature of this bird is obviously its bill. However, another interesting thing is that spoonbills, during breeding season develop a lush crest of white features. The crest is up to 200 millimetres long and it sprouts…

Southern Cassowary – dangerous ancient bird

Southern Cassowary – dangerous ancient bird

Southern Cassowary, called also Australian Cassowary is an iconic bird that can be found in the tropical rainforest in Northern Australia. It is a large looking bird, with grey casque, and long, red wattle hanging from the neck. The feathers of the body are black, the head skin is blue, and the rear of the…

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican is a big, waterbird and there are seven species of pelicans in the world. They are predominantly white with black along with primaries of the wings. The pale pink bill is enormous, even by the pelican standard. Males are larger than females.  They can be found throughout Australia. Normally, you find pelicans around…

Yellow Spotted Monitor – big laying eggs lizard

Yellow Spotted Monitor – big laying eggs lizard

Many times during our trips we spot goannas basking on the rocks or crossing the roads. They are also called monitor lizards or varanids. There are 28 species of goannas in Australia. Yellow Spotted Monitor Appearance Yellow spotted monitor is dark brown, heavily built and can grow up to 1.4 meters. Its distinctive feature is…