Marsupial Catchup

Family visiting, perfect time for kangaroos and wallabies on the lawn. We watered it during the previous week to make sure there was fresh food to attract them. Did you know that is how the first peoples caught their kangaroos in years gone by? They burnt in patches, so when fresh grass grew up the animals came to feed and were easy to kill with spears or boomerang. Of course, we are just enjoying the spectacle!

and while I am sharing with you, this wonderful elderly Black Swamp wallaby had found a pumpkin that was hanging over the vegetable garden fence … he has been very comfortable and friendly around the garden for a while … for example coming inside the gate when it is left open (who does that?) and eating oranges from the orange tree!

Tomorrow is party day here, and a photographer is coming (hello Ruth … it could have been you if we were in Pittsburgh!) to capture us all together (three sons, their wives and children) for the first time for some years, plus the new baby to celebrate! Thank you all for your good wishes πŸ™‚

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven” … according to George Bernard Shaw … thanks to brainy quote



22 thoughts on “Marsupial Catchup

  1. How amazing to live this close and be able to “invite them in”, Christine! I’d be just spellbound πŸ™‚
    Got to ask the question, though I’m sure you’ll have answered it many times- what is the difference between kangaroos and wallabies? Is it purely size or some other genetic factor?
    Have a wonderful day πŸ™‚

  2. Jo, great question … I found this .. The most obvious difference between the wallaby and the kangaroo is size. As a rule, the kangaroo is generally much larger than the wallaby. The kangaroo has more height between its ankles and knees, which makes its legs seem out of proportion to its body. The kangaroo’s legs are built for speed on open terrain. The wallaby’s more compact legs are built for agility in forested areas.
    Another simple way to tell a wallaby and a kangaroo apart is by their colouring. A wallaby’s coat is usually brighter with two to three different colours. For example, the unfortunately-named “red-necked” wallaby’s grayish body is distinguished by reddish markings around its shoulders. The kangaroo’s coat is usually less splashy and more uniform, with muted colours like brown or gray. Apparently their teeth are different too … and Swamp wallabies are different again …

  3. It surprises me that th kangaroos and wallabies interact together. They are very handsome and healthy looking creatures, well fed on your oranges! Have a wonderful weekend together πŸ™‚

  4. how wonderful!! I can’t believe all this wildlife coming to share in your celebration. Enjoy your special time with your family … and I know you will!! Congrats on the little one!

  5. amo moltissimo le foto con i simpatici canguri, Γ¨ un mondo piacevolmente diverso dal mio!
    mi piace tanto anhe la bellissima presentazione che fai sulla testata
    buona festa della donna Cristina!
    I love lots of photos with the friendly kangaroos, is a pleasantly different from my world!
    I like so much even the beautiful presentation you do on top of the blogs
    happy feast of donna Cristina!

  6. Pumpkins and oranges! For some reason I expected tree leaves. Know all about their birth and infancy, though. What does it say about a culture that is better informed on a species’ sex life than on its supper habits?

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