Koala in a Mountain Swamp Gum.
Koala in a Mountain Swamp Gum.

With Spring in full swing, with some warm days behind us and more forecast and still reasonable soil moisture, the bush is buzzing with activity. Koalas have been at it for some months and there’s no let up yet.

Recently reported in the media was that amazing fact that Koalas, ‘pound for pound’, make as much noise as a cow. Their bodies have particularly good resonance qualities and their larynx has dropped down into the body cavity, giving at least the males a big baritone voice.

Here’s a male letting a female know his intentions, but as is often the case, she’s got other ideas, sidling around the other side of the tree trunk, going down, as he climbs up. You can hear her screeching her displeasure. You can also hear Grey Fantail, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow-faced Honeyeater & Grey Shrike-thrush.

On a sadder note, this stressed chase and avoidance may occasionally result in the ultimate mishap; a misjudged leap, or lost footing and the Koala ends up with a hind-foot caught in a fork and the poor animal is doomed. I don’t know if that’s exactly what happened to the animal in the photo below, but it shows that it can happen.

Koalas: the risks of living in the trees.
Koalas: the risks of living in the trees.