Animals Downunder

“It takes nothing from a human to be kind to animals.” – unknown

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Animals Downunder

Let me introduce you to some animals which are commonly or uncommonly seen in our own backyard here in Australia.

These cuddly creatures may look like bears but they are not. Koalas are Marsupials, meaning that their young are born immature and develop further in the mother’s pouch. So it is incorrect to call them Koala bears… their correct name is just “KOALA”. You may see them as very lazy animals since they just sleep and eat the whole day. Lucky enough that I saw this one awake.

Kangaroos have powerful hind legs, small forelimbs , big feet and long tail. They use this tail to balance when hopping and they also use it for swimming. Kangaroos are famous for their hopping skills…they can reach more than 8 metres in a single hop.

I saw this kangaroo sitting by his lonesome while eating some grass. I noticed that its ribs were showing and looked very thin.

The Emu is the second largest living bird in height after the Ostrich. It stands up to 1.9 metres tall so understandably, it can’t fly. The Emus flap their wings when running and they can run up to 50km per hour.

Fact: I just learned about its domestic life from google. The female Emu lays her dozen or so green eggs, she leaves the male to incubate them on his own, and after they have hatched, the striped chicks are also looked after by the male, with no contribution from the female. Haha no maternal instinct for the emus huh 😂😂😂

Alpacas are similar to Llamas and is often confused with it. Alpacas are so adorable and are very harmless… they don’t bite or butt, they don’t have sharp teeth, horns, hooves nor claws.

Galahs are pink and grey parrots which grow to around 35 cm. The male and female almost look identical but look at their eyes… the male Galah have dark eyes while a female have pink or red ones. So this one below, is definitely a male cutie.

This is a breed of goat that I found in the same enclosure as the Alpacas. Sorry don’t know much about it.

Noisy Miners are native Australian birds that can be seen in my own backyard. They make this calling sound to warn others of imminent danger. You can see around 4 of them sitting on the fence or sometimes taking a splash on the bird bath.

These are Straw-necked Ibises that I often see in my local wetlands. They are large birds, around 59 to 76 cm long with bare black head and a long down curved black bill. The wings are dark but have a multicoloured sheen when seen in sunlight.


  1. smkelly8 says:

    Australia has so many unique animals. You’ve put together a great collection.

    1. Teresa says:

      Yes, that’s why I am excited to share it. In as much as we also don’t have the common animals that you have in your areas!

  2. bushboy says:

    Great selection Teresa 🙂 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much!

  3. Toonsarah says:

    The sheen on those ibis wings is gorgeous and the gallah a really pretty colour, but the koala steals the show – so cute!

    1. Teresa says:

      Yup, the koala is so cute. Some of them are so high up the Eucalyptus trees that we have to strain our neck just to find them. And most of them are asleep anyway haha. Thanks for your lovely comment, Sarah!

  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Very cool to see some of your unique animals there. The parrot galah is really pretty. Interesting to know more about the emu. 🙂

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Oh what a super cool gallery of animals from downunder you have provided us with. 😀 😀

    1. Teresa says:

      Always a pleasure, Cee!

  6. willowdot21 says:

    Well Teresa I really enjoyed this post and your fabulous photos thank you 💜

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for the nice comment!

      1. willowdot21 says:

        It’s all true 💜

  7. Brings back memories of our time in Australia..great images.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much. When were you here?

      1. We were there in to return.

        1. Teresa says:

          Hopefully soon 👍🏼

  8. eklastic says:

    My husband just came into my study asking what I was ooohhing and aaaahing about … 😁

    1. Teresa says:

      Haha that is a good sound for my Aussie animals haha

  9. anne leueen says:

    We spent six months travelling around Australia, in a campervan, about 30 years ago when out kids were 2 and 4 and we saw many of these birds and animals. Thanks for the nice memories.

    1. Teresa says:

      Happy that I was able to bring back for you great memories.

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