The Bali Squirrel

These gorgeous little fellows are just about everywhere in Bali. They are very curios and can be quite friendly, even touchable at times. They are not known to carry the Rabies  virus (which is good to know) They are very quick and can be hard to get a good photo of, if you don’t have the patients.

The Plantain Squirrel is extremely adaptable, occurring in a wide range of habitats including secondary and coastal forest, mangrove, plantations, parklands and semi-urban areas. Diurnal in habits it feeds mainly on fruits, especially those planted by man such as Rambutan and Jackfruit, however it will also eat insects such as ants.

It is easily identified by the two cream and black stripes on the sides, the orange belly, and the lack of a pale spot behind the ear. The upper side is brown. As with most other Callosciurus species, the nest consists of a spherical arrangement of twigs and leaves, lined with fur and with a round entrance hole. This can be located from around 5 metres above the ground to much greater heights where the canopy allows.

The species ranges from Southern Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok and Borneo. In Singapore it is abundant and has adapted well to urbanization. Six subspecies are recognised.

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Bench & Ice

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Whilst in Fremantle recently, we found this lovely hill of ice, so of course children will be children and had to climb it, sit on it and move it to a nearby bench to sit on it again. such fun.

In Fremantle

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Fremantle, Perth, Western Australia, is such a wonderful place, so much history and always so much to see. It also has some absolutely wonderful places to eat. I don’t get there so often now, but when I do, I can’t help but be amazed at everything and everyone there.

After The Fire

Here in Australia we live with the threat of fire every day, during summer. Our natural bushland does thrive on these fires for its rejuvenation, but unfortunately many are lit purposely. Sadly wildlife and people’s homes come under a real threat of being destroyed. The photos here are of a local fire, possibly lit by arsonists the week before Christmas. dscn8702dscn8708dscn8699dscn8698dscn8709

The West Australian Native Christmas Tree

WA Christmas Tree or Nuytsia floribunda is a true mistletoe. It is a root parasite that does not grow directly on the host plant. It can grow to 10 meters in height.
This highly adaptable plant is able to survive in paddocks where all native vegetation has been removed and replaced exclusively by introduced grasses. Also despite its spectacular flowers and ornamental desirability for garden use, it will hunt down the roots of most plants within a 50 meter radius and unless they can quickly develop alternative roots, will die within a few years. Nuytsia floribunda is difficult to permanently remove, as they will rapidly re-grow their trunk if knocked over, providing the root system is not too badly damaged.
The WA Christmas Tree tends to flower over the Christmas period, but most young or small plants will not flower at all unless there has been a bushfire, when most will bloom prolifically.
While they will not make a good addition to the home garden, they are a visual pleasure in the bush over the Christmas period.

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I believe that this is one of Western Australia’s most beautiful native trees.