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Watching kangaroos and koalas in Australia

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The first Koala I saw in my life. On his face I would say that the excitement was not reciprocal


About the kangaroos It was really exciting. We had been in the country for almost a week and we had not seen any. After our visit to the Blue Mountains without seeing any, we headed south towards Melbourne and a beautiful morning, near a spectacular beach that we found by chance (Bingie Point), we found a herd of about 50 or 60 kangaroos in the lands of one of the multiple farms in the area.

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When I was closer and it was obvious that they would come out on legs - never better said - at any time, I hit a sprint with the camera in hand and recording them as I could. The result will not be for a National Geographic award but we liked it.

From that day we saw kangaroos many more times but never in a pack as big as that and sometimes sadly run over dead To the side of the road.

This is one thing to keep in mind and I never tire of repeating: try to avoid driving at night in Australia. The roads are filled with animals and it is almost impossible to dodge them. It is quite insecure.

The most curious anecdote happened to us on the west coast of the country when we passed, at night, through a place called "Kangaroo Point". Our lights illuminated the green sign announcing the turnoff to the right for the Kangaroo Point viewpoint and right on the sign, raised on its two legs, there was a huge kangaroo. In the dark it seemed that it was a lie and they had put it there to promote the place, but soon, as if perceiving our doubts, he jumped like a beast and got lost in the darkness of the night.

While they have their food they even let themselves be touched. The life of the koala is so simple that it gives envy.

The other animal that delights children and adults is the koala.

And you have to like this guy. An animal that is lying all day sleeping and eating. For me that its origin is Spanish and also invented the nap and sangria drink.

We passed a place where he seemed to live and we thought we would not see them because they are not as common as kangaroos.

Again, luck smiled at us because, being on the spectacular Great Ocean Road, we took a detour to visit a 19th-century lighthouse. They were 15 kilometers of road surrounded by eucalyptus. We looked at the trees without seeing anything until we spotted a stopped car and people were throwing photos at the trees. We stopped and they showed us where we had to look.

Uncles are quite camouflaged and when they get on the highest branches they are really hard to see while driving.

We took a thousand photos thinking that we would not see many more but from that place the road continued to enter what seemed to be a natural reserve of koalas. There were dozens of them.

Eat and sleep. Koala is fixed Spanish.

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