The rich green grass growing over the septic tank outlet seems to be quite a drawcard for macropods at the moment. Today we were out most of the day, and very surprised to find a Swamp Wallaby feeding outside the house during the daytime.  They are usually nocturnal creatures.   From the way it was eating – fast and frantically – it looked like it was starving. We took a few photos through the study window, and left it alone.

Swamp Wallaby feeding
We were greeted by a Swamp Wallaby when we returned home this afternoon.
Swamp Wallaby eating.
Looking at this photo, there is no doubt that it was a male Swamp Wallaby..
Swamp Wallaby
This photos shows the nick in the ear.

This Swamp Wallaby is the same one which ate the leaves on our Ornamental Plum tree. We can identify him from the large nick in one of his ears. We don’t know what caused it, but it is possible that he could have been attacked at some point.

Looking at photos of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo and the Swamp Wallaby in almost exactly the same location, it is interesting to compare their features and their build.  The Swamp Wallaby is much stockier in the body, and has very powerful claws on his front limbs.  The face is very pointed and possum-like, with large black eyes,  compared with the Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s open square-jawed face.

Compared with the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Swam Wallaby has very pwerful looking claws and is of a stocker build, but smaller.
Compared with the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, the Swam Wallaby has very powerful looking claws and is of a stockier build, but smaller.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo has an open square jawed face and is less stocky than the Swamp Wallaby. It is probably taller when sitting upright.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo has an open square-jawed face and is less stocky than the Swamp Wallaby. It is probably taller when sitting upright.

Usually, Kangaroos and Wallabies sleep during the day – emerging at dusk and disappearing just after first light.  It will be interesting to see if this daylight appearance was a once-off or if it returns again tomorrow.