Ruling the roos

It’s pretty fitting that Big Daddy K has been visiting our block lately! Today is Australia Day so what better than hosting half the Aussie coat of arms in our backyard!!

It’s dark right now, the wee hours, and Big Daddy K is still out there happily munching under the clothesline.

Sorry, I’d have to spotlight him to get a photo right now. He’s a big boy, I don’t want to startle him close up.

But here he is – down the front block, a couple of days ago.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Big Daddy K on da block

 

Not bothered a bit by the neighbour’s building racket.

Large male Eastern Grey kangaroo, in Yass Valley, Australia

Breakie on the hop

 

Now we know what’s been leaving the cubed calling cards on our sun lounges!  ♦

 


Photos taken with Olympus Stylus s1, Jan 2017

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Creepy critters (Silhouette)

 

Flying foxes at Parramatta Park, Sydney, Australia

“Children of the night” *

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Last winter, we walked in Parramatta Park just on dusk. We paused on the footbridge to admire the silhouettes of the grand old trees in the fading light. A squabbling and screeching of ‘birds’ rippled the shadows.

Slowly we realised the heavy boughs were in fact covered with the hanging pods of hundreds of roosting flying foxes. A creepy fascination held me fast to the spot to watch them.

Flying foxes are larger than a bat and have a furry face like a fox. They eat pollen, nectar and fruit. The colony in Parramatta Park is of grey-headed flying foxes. More photos and information here.

quote from Dracula. Dir. Tod Browning. Per. Bela Lugosi. Universal, 1931. Motion picture.

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Weekly Photo Challenge, ‘Silhouette’

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Photo taken 11 August 2013 with my old Canon PowerShot A550

Footbridge over Parramatta River, near Byrnes Ave, Parramatta Park

Parramatta, in the Greater Sydney area, New South Wales, Australia

 

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Kangaroo family portrait

Kangaroo mob in the back paddock, Yass Valley, New South Wales, Australia

Say, “Leaves!”

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To celebrate Australia Day (January 26), my ‘One Shot Wonders’ this week will feature some good old Aussie icons.

So today’s Aussie icon is the kangaroo, ‘roo, boomer, Skippy…

There was a well-loved children’s television show in the late ’60s, ‘Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo’. Just about every kid I knew watched it.

My brother even looked like Sonny, the main (human) character from the show and best friend of Skippy.

Following the show, we all tried to whistle with a gum leaf (is that possible?) and thought that kangaroos made that tongue clicking sound. (The reality couldn’t have been more wrong! Ever heard a kangaroo? They grunt and blow air when angry.)

Like Lassie, Skippy always saved the day. Good on ya, Skip!

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“Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the bush kangaroo.

Skippy, Skippy, Skippy our friend ever true.”  

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Aussie icons, ‘One Shot Wonders’

Photo taken Yass Valley about August 2013, with Fuji FinePix S2980

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is an Australian television series created by John McCallum, produced from 1966–1968, telling the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, and the various visitors to the fictional Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near SydneyNew South Wales.

Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were made over the three seasons of production.”

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January’s new joey (‘One Shot Wonders’)

A glance out the kitchen window on New Year’s Day and I was surprised to see a young female kangaroo and her little joey.

They were taking shade from the heat, resting under the row of pines and gums on our back fence. So they were only about 25 metres from our kitchen sink.

I watched them for a little while, fighting the urge to run for the camera and maybe miss them altogether.

The mum kangaroo stood to the left of her joey, with her back to the house. She sniffed the air and then started to have an arm scratch, like she was scrubbing in the shower.

The joey, facing the same direction, started doing the same thing almost in sync. From where we were standing it looked like a lesson in Japanese fan dancing – but with black claws.

This time I just had to dash to catch it on camera but by the time I got back the mum kangaroo was hopping away onto the neighbours’ shaded lawn.

Kangaroo joey at the fence

Joey. But is this a Joseph? … or a Josephine?

Confused, the joey stayed at the fence maybe trying to look for a way through? It was like it had got left behind in the supermarket.

It was so small, much less than a metre high, with tiny front legs. It had a sweet little grey face.

Finally, not happy being on its own, it hopped after it’s mum.  The call of the pouch was too strong.  ♦

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‘One Shot Wonders’ series

Lounge lizard (Camera challenge Day 6 – tripod)

Eastern bearded dragon lizard on pine log

Our resident lizard

Out in the backyard about a month ago, we were surprised to see a large lizard doing a dance up near the felled tree at the back fence.

It paraded across the yard with its tail and head raised, then it stopped on a dirt patch and bobbed its head up and down.

It moved on some more and did it all again. Strut, tail up, stop, bob the head.

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We have kangaroos in the top paddock!

The neighbour's cows_2011

Over the back fence

If I look out over the back, through the trees and past the post-and-wire fence, usually I see the neighbour’s cows grazing or milling around in the shade of the gums. But yesterday was different…

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So what’s in our wildlife ‘rescue box’?

Kookaburra on the vegie garden gate 2011

One of our visiting kookaburras

Over the years, driving on Australian country roads we have come across and helped many animals – kangaroos, a kookaburra tangled around a barbed wire fence, a chough (type of bird), an echidna, more kangaroos, a sheep stuck in a dam, a cockatoo, turtles, turtles and more turtles, a frill-necked lizard, a calf stranded on a ledge, a BIG wombat, a possum and baby, lots of Superb Parrots,
…and a mob of 400 sheep. (But that’s another story!)

Some injured animals could be rescued (by us or others), some didn’t end up so well, some just needed to be pointed in the right direction. But we’ve helped using the ‘rescue box’ we keep in the back of our vehicle. It contains half a dozen everyday items.  Continue reading