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Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: lounging ‘roos on Kangaroo Island

25 August 2012.

My year-long RTW has taken me to Australia for a few weeks from east coast to south-central coast to the west coast. So far during the short time on Kangaroo Island in the state of South Australia, we’ve seen a lot of New Zealand fur-seals around Kingscote Jetty and Admirals Arch. But curiosity naturally kicks in: where are the kangaroos? As my friends from Adelaide have naturally anticipated this question, we make our way onto the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. While it’s best I don’t get too close and touch these (cute yet wild) creatures, there’s fencing to keep the bipeds from doing something stupid. I approach quietly to within metres of the marsupials, a safe respectful distance to small koalas dozing in trees and to big kangaroos reclining on the ground.

More close-ups: Seals, koalas, & roos from Kangaroo Island


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 25 August 2012 with the Canon 450D, 70-300 zoom, and the following settings: 1/800-sec, f/5, ISO200, and 165mm focal length (264mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-a0y.

Hahndorf, South Australia, myRTW, fotoeins.com, Australia

Fotoeins Friday: Hahndorf, from Germany to Australia

18 August 2012.

You’d think I made a picture of this sign somewhere inside Germany. In fact, the sign is located in south-central Australia.

The town of Hahndorf (Hahn’s village) is about 25 kilometres southeast from Adelaide in the federal state of South Australia. Hahndorf is acknowledged as the oldest surviving German community in Australia (1839), and is recognized as heritage area in 1988 by the South Australia state government. The sign above greets visitors in German: “welcome to Hahndorf: ‘our town can be better.'” At upper-left is the coat of arms for Hahndorf (within a larger Goslar) in north-central Germany; at upper-right is the coat of arms for the German federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 18 August 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/125-sec, f/4, ISO100, 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as URL.

Kangaroo Island (SA): seals, koalas, & roos

2020: devastating bushfires in the Australian summer (December 2019-March 2020) wiped out a significant fraction of flora and fauna on Kangaroo Island. It’ll take years to generations for many species to recover, if possible.

Kangaroo Island in South Australia was named for the large number of kangaroos, which were a source of fresh meat for the crew of the British ship HMS Investigator in 1802. The ship was captained by Matthew Flinders, who was tasked to chart the southern Australian coastline. Desperate without fresh supplies for months, Flinders named the island in gratitude for the abundance of roo meat.

Then again, the indigenous name for the island is “Karta” or “Island of the Dead.” That’s a little sinister, as something must have happened; either the aborigine population left the island or they died out.

But life bounces back, and there’s plenty of it on this island.

There are plenty of sheep where on grassy meadows, seals at Kingscote Jetty, young and adult seals relaxing and sleeping in the sun at Admirals Arch, free-climbing koala bears and free-roaming kangaroos at the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Ligurian honey bees at Clifford’s Honey Farm, and a lone echidna by the side of a dirt road in the middle of the island.

In making these photos, I used my long-zoom lens; no animals were harmed, poked, prodded, or ridiculed in the process.


Kingscote, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Kingscote

Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia - 25 Aug 2012

New Zealand fur seal pups (Admirals Arch)


Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia - 25 Aug 2012
Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Sleepy (Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary)

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Marsupial mum and joey: kangaroo (Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary)


Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Marsupial mum and joey: koala (Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary)


Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Clifford's Honey Farm, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

Clifford’s Honey Farm

Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia

On the road, an echidna shy


How to reach Kangaroo Island:

From Adelaide by car, you’ll need at least 90 minutes to drive along the Fleurieu Peninsula to Cape Jervis. From here, you’ll hop on Sealink‘s passenger- and vehicular-ferry for the 45-minute voyage across Backstairs Passage to Penneshaw.

Disclosure: No Connection, Unpaid, My Own Opinions. I have not received any compensation for writing this content and I have no material connection to South Australia, Sealink, or Kangaroo Island. I made the photos above on 25 and 26 August 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2hv.

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