Traveling Down Under- Day 1, Perth, Rottnest Island (part 2)

by Camellia Staab January. 03, 2020 380 views

The quokka (/ˈkwɒkə/) is a small macropod about the size of a domestic cat. Like other marsupials in the macropod family (such as kangaroos and wallabies), the quokka is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal.(source)

The quokka weighs 2.5 to 5.0 kg (5.5 to 11.0 lb) and is 40 to 54 cm (16 to 21 in) long with a 25-to-30 cm-long (9.8-to-11.8 in) tail, which is quite short for a macropod. It has a stocky build, well developed hind legs, rounded ears, and a short, broad head. Its musculoskeletal system was originally adapted for terrestrial bipedal saltation, but over its evolution, its system has been built for arboreal locomotion. Although looking rather like a very small kangaroo, it can climb small trees and shrubs up to 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in). Its coarse fur is a grizzled brown color, fading to buff underneath. The quokka is known to live for an average of 10 years.

Like most macropods, quokkas eat many types of vegetation, including grasses and leaves. Rottnest Island visitors are urged to never feed quokkas, in part because eating "human food" can cause dehydration and malnourishment, both of which are detrimental to the quokka's health. Quokkas have little fear of humans and commonly approach people closely, particularly on Rottnest Island, where a prevalent population exists. (source)

As mentioned in the previous post the name Rottnest came from Willem de Vlamingh when he mistook the quokkas for giant rants, hence the dutch word "Rattennest" meaning "rat nest". By no means is Rottnest Island a rat's nest even with these big guys perusing the area.

Rest assured she is not waving at me :)

Rest assured she is not waving at me :)

While the quokka is one of the main attractions to this island, it is not the only attraction. Of course biking around the island is another attraction as is snorkeling, hiking, and enjoying the various beaches.

I obviously can't get enough of the blue.

I obviously can't get enough of the blue.

There are various types of accommodations available on the island. Anywhere from ocean view chalets to bungalows and campgrounds all located within walking distance to the main settlement.

The island also has its own police department and squad car. The only other vehicles on this island are those used by the maintenance people and the hop on hop off bus, also run by the island for the tourists' benefit.

I did find the following sign interesting, hence had to take a picture and share.

And so this ends our tour of Rottnest Island. It was quite an experience, between the beautiful beaches, the clear blue water, and the awesome view, definitely a place worth visiting.

Most importantly learned about an animal I never knew existed.

I am ending this post with a photo of a tree that totally grabbed my attention. The only regret I have, after seeing the photo in full screen, is the fact that I did not frame it accurately, cutting off the right side of the tree.

Looks like another trip to Rottnest Island might be in order so that I can redo this capture. 😄

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks for sharing these great images with us! Nice work~+1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thanks Jay and welcome back and of course HAPPY NEW YEAR😁

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank YOU!
Happy New Year to You & Yours, as well!!!smile

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

The tree in last one is just amazing. Well done

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Thank you Antonio. It is an awesome tree, but I really wish I had been more careful when framing.

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

A very big Rat smile Love the beach pictures. Did you swim on those amazing waters?

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Believe it or not Antonio, it was too cold to swim smile

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Russell Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I can see why he thought they were rats . Such a stunning location

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Camellia Staab Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yup, some of Chicago's rats are about that size smile

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Love it! The quokka's tiny little hands in #1 are killing me. And the tree in #25 (same one in #13 I assume?) is just stunning, especially with that sky. I do things like that all the time when I'm all carried away by the scenery, and it amazes me how I can  manage to not notice something that after the fact seems so stinking obvious! Regardless, I still think #25 is a fantastic photo. smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Actually #25 and #13 are two different trees. There were so many of these trees around.  #25 one grabbed my attention because of the single bike there but yes just like you said I was so busy looking at how I could fit everything that once I clicked I never paid attention to the oops part. Ahhh well as the saying goes sh.. happens smile

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Björn Roose 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Okay, okay, this Flemish guy ("de Vlamingh" means "the Fleming") didn't see the difference between a rat and an animal he had never met before, but you missed half a tree ? smile

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Camellia Staab Replied to Björn Roose 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Hey! We all can't be perfect!! 😜

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Björn Roose Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Just keep on trying, Camellia smile

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