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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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Although I don't live "in" the city I do live in the metro. area and find I see so many different types of wildlife, especially some of the more colourful birds. I know some are considered a nuisance but it still gives me a sense of wonder to see a kookaburra in a local neighbourhood rather than a zoo. In fact, I recall thinking once while at a local wildlife park that many of the animals I have seen there, I have seen in the "wild". I've even seen kangaroos around some suburbs (not in the safest situations but still existing side-by-side with humans). I've also come across various lizards on nearby streets and in some local parks. This is quite a contrast from mostly squirrels and mostly drab birds that I recall growing up. I don't really have a recollection of much wildlife in my every day life.

I never had much interest in birds until I moved here and saw what was considered exotic, pretty much in my backyard. I do have to admit no fondness for magpies, a few of which have inflicted nasty swoops on me. Instead I find the sight of them makes me nervous, despite most being okay around humans.

We have a tree in our backyard that is a snack stop for the bats on their journey north for the night - I do love the wildlife, but the bat droppings drive me wild too! But it is great to be able to look up and watch them fly by, at night.

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