Over the last three years, I’ve been fortunate to observe some of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo courtship behaviour. In Winter, a new tiny joey peeks out of its mother’s pouch and the dominant male returns to the mob for a while. This year, the new tiny pink face appeared toward the end of June. … Continue reading Kangaroo Courtship
A short time ago I posted photographs of a young joey jumping all over its mother. Well, this time the kangaroos were right in front of the house and the joey was quite aggressive – kicking the female kangaroo in the head and torso, as well as apparently drawing blood. I guess this is what … Continue reading Gallery: Young Joey Practices Wrestling with Mum
I’m not sure what is happening in the Kangaroo world, but we’ve had quite a bit of change lately, with a new mob showing up on occasion. For more than a year, we have had a fairly stable population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, with rarely more than three here at a time. Mostly, this has … Continue reading A New Mob: Ructions in the Ranks
My last post on the Kangaroos was in June, when it looked like the young joey was going to emerge from the pouch for the first time. However, from that moment, the kangaroos kept their distance from the house. Then, late in July they left the property. One morning, a different mob of five kangaroos arrived, … Continue reading Our Eastern Grey Kangaroos are Back
I feel as if my patience has been rewarded – at last the kangaroos came right up the house again. I was able to photograph the fast growing new joey, leaning out of the pouch and touching the earth. It won’t be long before it is hopping around with its mother and brother.
Something told me to get up early today, and I’m glad I did. Our kangaroo family were back, with two young male kangaroos tagging along behind. My guess is the female kangaroo was in season, as there seemed to be a lot of jostling. The two young males put on a good show right … Continue reading Testing Their Strength: Young male kangaroos sparring
The Eastern Grey Kangaroos were back again this week, after an absence of a month or two. On the weekend a male and female made a brief appearance en-route to the back of the property, and this morning we had a group of four: two males, a female, and the joey, which is now independent. … Continue reading Independence!
The last two days and nights have been wild and woolly with gale force winds and lots of (very welcome) rain. This Swamp Wallaby had obviously not found much shelter, as it was very wet. Even in its bedraggled coat, the rich golden fur of the chest and belly looks soft and glowingly warm. The … Continue reading A wet Swamp Wallaby
About twelve hours after I posted the photos of our kangaroo mob, lamenting that they had not visited for days, they all showed up. This included the mature female with the older joey. For some reason they showed up at noon – almost on the dot. As a habit, the kangaroos are gone before 9am … Continue reading How Gorgeous! Joey Antics Outside My Window.
I was very excited to see the younger of the two joeys out of the pouch a few mornings ago. I delayed posting photos in the hope I could get one which showed its head as well, but for the last three days, I haven’t seen any of the kangaroos. So here it is – … Continue reading Eastern Grey Kangaroos – Joey
I’ve held off posting these photographs for a couple of weeks, as one of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo joeys seems almost ready to climb out of the pouch. I thought I might be able to include photos of the joey hopping around. However, since I took these photos, the kangaroos have been grazing in a … Continue reading Kangaroo Update – now there are two joeys
It has been obvious for some time that the mature female had a joey in her pouch, but this is the first time we have actually glimpsed it. This makes five kangaroos here now. The middle-sized female also now seems to be carrying a joey, so I guess five will soon turn to six.
Being new to this area, I don’t have a history of seasonal changes. What’s normal for these parts? I simply don’t know. When we arrived here in August 2012, the land abounded with native flowers, including ten species of native orchid flowering at one time. This continued in early and mid Spring, then as the … Continue reading Playing Detective: Rainfall, Kangaroos, and the Lack of Native Flowers
At the risk of overloading you with photographs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, here is an update. Three female kangaroos have been coming past the house to graze a couple of times each week. As noted in my previous post Three Morning Visitors, it appears to be a mature female with two female offspring from her … Continue reading Family of Four
Kangaroos make their presence known in various ways, even when you can’t physically see them – often with damage to plants in the garden. This usually happens overnight, in the dark, when you don’t even get the pleasure of watching these beautiful creatures. So it was both surprising and pleasant to see three female Eastern … Continue reading Three Morning Visitors