Kangaroo family portrait

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

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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.”

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skippy_the_Bush_Kangaroo]

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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

We have kangaroos in the top paddock!

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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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