Since moving to Australia I have seen plenty of trespassers, intruders and various Australian bad things enter into my home and walk in my garden. Quite a large number of Brisbane’s wild creatures, creepie crawlies and ugly bugs have crossed my path.
Going from memory, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things, I have counted 22 different species that have made an effort to share my home.
Then, on top of that, there are many creatures that I haven’t noticed or couldn’t see. Take last night for example. There were some very strange sounds coming out of my garden, there always are. Last night I taped this sound with my little hand-held voice recorder. So please excuse the quality.
Just so we are clear, this really did happen last night and it was in my garden and my garden really is that dark. And that really is the moon. Anyway, I am always hearing strange sounds at night.
Before I heard that sound, I had become aware of what sounded like one creature dragging another “something” through the leaves and bushes. So I went to my window to take a look. It was way too dark, but the dragging sound continued, I could hear it clearly. I decided to go out and investigate….
…..No I didn’t! Whatdaya think? I’m nuts! No, well maybe yes. No, I turned on the outside lights to see if I could catch a glimpse of my latest visitor.
But exactly as the lights went on, the dragging sound stopped immediately. Nothing moved. Even though I was behind a window, I had the feeling I was being watched. I turned the lights back off.
Nothing………………. nothing………………. still nothing……….………aaah there it goes again, dragging.
I decided to let “it” carry on. Nature can take care of itself.
If anyone recognises the sound, I’d love to hear from you. For all I know it could have been a frog, and completely unrelated to the dragging noise. Or it could have been a really bad thing. But what do I know? We went on a children’s nature trail last year, we had 20 different species to spot. I scored 5! I had to cheat so my little girl didn’t get shown up.
As for my 22 intruders, I will cover them all. I’ll put them all in Australia’s bad things, but not all of them are bad. Many intruders are just a wonderful part of the variety of wildlife here in the Brisbane Region. As one of the richest natural environments in all of Australia, it’s estimated that over 1,000 different species of wild creatures have made this place their home.
Not all of them have popped round my place yet and I certainly hope some of them give it a miss. Of the ones that have come here, I will start with the cutest and friendliest and build up to the nastiest, beastliest, baddliest Australian bad thing that has passed by my door, or through it.
I won’t be ignoring those that I haven’t seen yet, if they’re around here and I hear about them, so will you.
All is revealed
Update April 2009:
For the answer, please visit my post Strange Australian Back Garden Beastie Sound Explained.