Rain and Kangaroos: Is there a link?

Rain and Kangaroos tend to show up together at our place. I can’t help wondering why.

Just as the rain has been sparse, so have the kangaroos.  Since Christmas, I think I can count on one hand the number of kangaroos I’ve seen here.  Those that visit just seem to spend one night, and then disappear for weeks.  It has been very dry, which means most of the grass is brown and brittle.  The undergrowth in the bush part of the property is very sparse with only a few species for wallabies and kangaroos to eat.  The soil is bone dry too.  Most Summers, this means our green strip of grass over the septic tank outlet is popular.  Not this Summer it seems.

Each day, I’ve been watching the water level in the dam drop further, and further, and further.  Trees have been dropping branches and many species of wildlife seem to have vacated the property for better conditions.

So, I was overjoyed when we had some heavy rain this afternoon.  Not long afterwards, three kangaroos arrived: an adult male, adult female, and joey about one year old.   In a way, once the rain began to fall, I was expecting the kangaroos to show up.  Purely from my own observations, there seems to be a connection between rainfall and visiting kangaroos.  I can’t think of a logical reason why these two events should be linked, but they often are.  It has happened on too many occasions to be a coincidence.  For some reason, the grass between the house and the dam is a good place to be on a rainy day.   Right outside my window, it’s good for me as well. I get to watch them up close for a while.



3 thoughts on “Rain and Kangaroos: Is there a link?

  1. We are so lucky to have about 25 grey roos that call our place home. They are quite funny to watch in the rain, they hunker down under the shrubs so that they don’t get wet!
    Our big news is that we saw an echidna twice recently. In such a cleared landscape as ours, I thought they would be locally extinct!

    1. Wow – 25 is a huge number of kangaroos to have close by. It must be interesting to watch the interactions between individuals! I must admit, I would have thought our kangaroos would have taken cover under the trees in the bushy part of the property, but they seem to like being out in the open on the grass when it rains. I can’t imagine why. It rained all night – heavy rain – and when I got up this morning they looked drenched to the skin, but they were still there, out in the open on the grass. Funny things! 🙂

      Yes, seeing an Echidna is exciting for me too. I can still count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen one in the wild. Well done on finding one on your cleared land. Thanks also for commenting. Lisa

      1. The dynamics in the group is interesting. The little ones, when first out of the pouch bounce around in such a giddy way, the freedom must be exhilarating!
        It is also interesting watching them play/box when they are young. Older ones are tolerant of smaller roos for a while, then give them a gentle biff and the game is over!
        I often wondered where the chittery sound associated with roos (in ‘Skippy’) came from. Ours only ever seemed to ‘cough’ at each other (they come near the house at night, and you can hear them). Last week, I heard/watched two commmunicate without coughing, a soft chitter (hard to describe), then they went their way. It was fascinating.

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