Yesterday in Waiting for the End of Summer I lamented that nothing much was happening around here. This morning I woke earlier than usual and found an Eastern Grey Kangaroo feeding on the long green grass growing over the septic tank outlet pipe. The Australian Wood Ducks like this spot too. It’s certainly lush, and this is the only long green grass we have at the moment.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo, true to its name, has thick grey fur. According to Leonard Cronin’s “Cronin’s Key Guide: Australian Mamals” the shade of grey can vary from mid to silver-grey, and is lighter on the underside of the animal. The paws and tip of the tail are much darker, and the shade varies from dark grey to black Female Eastern Grey Kangaroos have a white patch on their chest. It’s difficult to tell in the early morning light if this one has light grey or white, but it looks grey to me, so I think this is a male kangaroo.
These photos were taken with a long lens from inside the house, which is why the kangaroo kept on eating. It could hear the camera clicking, and with each click, it would look up and listen. Eventually it loped over to the Western side of the dam to graze on the shorter grass.
Compare these photos to the Swamp Wallaby photos, and you’ll see a marked difference in their build and colouring.