Fear not, we only fed them leaves.
I’ve been dying to get myself, Mike and my camera over to a very special place; where tiny little marsupials frolic by the thousands (10,000 to be exact).
A marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat. The females suckle their young in a pouch. Quokkas congregate under dense shrubs for shelter, and are less active during the day. They give birth in late summer, after a gestation period of twenty-seven days, and the young quokka remains in the pouch until August or September, and is then suckled for a further two months. The quokka reaches maturity at about one-and-a-half to two years of age, and lives to be ten years old. – Rottnest Island
This morning Mike and I began our journey to see the adorable quokka’s on Rottnest Island. At 7:30am we caught a ferry from Hilary’s 20 mins North of Perth. After about 50 minutes of lurching West into the Indian Ocean we arrived. The waves were rolling the whole way, which sprayed “ocean” all over the windows. Sometimes you’d think a fish or octopus might splat on the window, with the volume of buckets of water that were chucked at us.
We packed a lunch of fruit and mozzarella/basil/tomato ciabatta sandwiches, some left over pizza and bought some cookies/canoli (gourmet right?) to kill our sweet teeth too.
We hopped onto the bus that routinely circles the island, which eventually led us to discover a few other animals that inhabit the quokka filled space. Along the way Mike went for a snorkel, and I spent a fair bit of time with the quokka and other wildlife capturing their subtleties with my ageing and slowly dying camera (I’ve had it 7 years, and it’s going to quit on me soon!).
New Zealand Fur Seal colony was on the far western side of the island. Some were swimming and others completely basking in the warm sunlight of morning.
King Skink (looks a bit like a snake) is lazy, and could be spotted at a number of locations. They are about a foot long.
Pied Oystercatcher – Was spotted looking for it’s next meal at a beach just near the ferry docks in town.
Silvereye (Grey Backed) – Crazy, silly, lighting quick, drunk on fruit little birds. They were adorable and numbered about 50 in one tree which was ripe with fruit. They knock off the fresh leaves which the quokka come and feast on.
Rottnest Island is beautiful, and relaxing. If you get the chance, you should definitely see it for yourself. We had an awesome day!