Giant Lace Monitors (Varanus varius), commonly known as goannas, live in our bushland. They eat rabbits, insects, birds, bird’s eggs and other small animals. When a goanna is climbing a tree birds all flock around, making a loud noise, trying to drive it away. Yesterday a beauty was passing the house, curious about the smell of chicken manure, which of course could have been some tasty carrion. We were top-dressing a patch of grass, and fertilising the fruit trees. Luckily our WWOOF-er Reinier saw the goanna and followed it at a safe distance, until it went up a tree. He kept watch while I went to get the camera. This one was not full grown, only about 1.8 metres, but very impressive to a young Dutchman, who watched in awe as the goanna opened its mouth to warn us away. We took our photos and left it in peace.