I was so focused on the ducks this morning that I wasn’t even looking for marsupials – kangaroos or wallabies. Then something fast-moving and small caught my attention. The camera was already out and active taking photographs of ducklings, so for once I was prepared for a spontaneous joey run! Yes, for those who have … Continue reading Marsupial Spring
Since the sad February drowning of the female Swamp Wallaby, I haven’t seen any Wallabies around – until this morning! This one came up and over the wall of the dam, which it skirted, and then up to the house to feed on a patch of cape weed leaves. However, it didn’t hang around for … Continue reading A Swamp Wallaby Sighting
On hot Summer days, it gave me great pleasure to see the Swamp Wallabies cooling off in the dam. They would move slowly through the water, parallel to the shore in the shallows. As they moved their hind legs, the rounded shape of their knees rising and lowering at surface level suggested the motion of a … Continue reading A Tragic Summer Drowning
In Australia it’s mid Summer and the fruit is beginning to ripen. We are not the only ones to notice. Swamp Wallabies and parrots also have their eye on the crop, and are much faster than we are at taking advantage of ready to eat fruit! Last year we had bountiful crops that seemed to … Continue reading Fruit!
Last Summer on a stinking hot day I photographed a Swamp Wallaby drinking out of the dam in the afternoon. Usually, being nocturnal, we only see them at dusk or dawn. Well, another stinking hot day, and another Swamp Wallaby drinking out of the dam in the daylight. These photographs were taken at around 3:30 … Continue reading Swamp Wallaby Drinking
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
In one vibrant corner of our bush we have Waxlip Orchids, Pink Eyes (coming soon!) and this glorious shrub covered in gold and red flowers. So many of our native shrubs have flowers of this colour and shape, and my head is spinning from trying to identify this one correctly. I believe it is probably … Continue reading Native Pea Flowers
Often when I’m walking around, I see flowering bushland plants bitten off low to the ground. This is often frustrating when I have been waiting for a flower bud to open. I check daily, and just when the bud is about to burst, I head back the next day full of anticipation of what the … Continue reading Guess who’s been eating the wildflowers!
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 … Continue reading A Better Look at our Swamp Wallaby
Our bedroom window faces East. Yesterday morning, I had to get up earlier than usual, and I was greeted by a brilliant terracotta coloured sky at sunrise. I got the camera out, intending to capture this brilliant colour, opened the door onto our decking and came face to face with a Swamp Wallaby in the … Continue reading Swamp Wallaby 2: Ornamental Plum Breakfast
Yesterday, the temperature here reached 39 degrees celsius. We were lucky – many parts of the State had temperatures in the low 40’s. Even so, we didn’t feel lucky – high heat, high winds and dry vegetation is a dangerous mix. In our former life, in the middle of a large city, we would have … Continue reading Too hot for swamp wallabies, and for me too!
Our Christmas present this year is a photo of a Swamp Wallaby! We’ve sighted a #kangaroo or wallaby from a distance twice before, and have seen scratchings in the ground, so we knew they were around. However, like many Australian mamals, kangaroos and wallabies are nocturnal creatures. We owe this photo to an early clock-radio … Continue reading Swamp Wallaby