Tuesday, 3 November 2009

How a tree roo spends the afternoon



Lumholtz's tree kangaroos are out and about at all hours. This fellow stopped his afternoon snack to watch me watching him. He was surrounded by a cloud of flies. Judging by his reaction, they were March flies, which were not inconvenienced in the slightest by his thick fur.

5 comments:

Mosura said...

Riflebirds, catbirds, and now Tree kangaroos. It really is another world up there. I'll have to make a trip over to the north island sometime soon.

Neil said...

We have the riflebird and catbird but would like to have the tree kangaroos as well but 2 out of 3 is not to bad I guess. Great photo.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Snail
Good to read you again.
Nice Tree Roo.
They still don't look properly balanced to me, yet I seem to recall reading that they evolved in trees before taking to flat ground.
Can you confirm that rumour (or bust the myth?)
Cheers
Denis

Snail said...

Mosura, there's a lot to see up here, especially in this little remnant block of forest.

Neil, you've got koalas in your neck of the woods, though!

Denis, they do look terribly awkward in trees, which is not helped by their moving out onto the end of narrow branches that whip around in the wind to nibble leaves from adjacent trees. As I understand it, tree kangaroos evolved from ground-dwelling macropod ancestors, so they are specialised tree--dwellers. But the whole macropod group descended (so to speak) from arboreal predecessors, which weren't kangaroos. (Does that make sense? I make even less sense than normal at this time of night.)

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Snail
Thanks for that explanation.
So their earliest predecessors lived in trees, then the Grand-pappies of modern Roos came down, and these ones went back up.
Not quite what I had thought, but thanks for straightening me out.
.
With a predilection for tasty leaves on fine branches, then surely they ought evolve back to wards something closer to Possums.
.
Given the physics of small branches, shedding a few Kilos (lots) would be a start.
.
(But the same could be said for me!)

Cheers
Denis