Monday, 11 October 2010

A trio of tree roos

As is always the way, the interesting stuff appears while I am without good lenses. Last night a red triangle slug (more of that in a later post) and today a couple of Lumholtz's tree kangaroos (mum and joey) close to the house.

How close?

Of course, spotting them would be easier if they came with yellow frames

Not particularly impressed with the cheap lens


In search of more food


Time to try a different spot


They can move quite quickly


Mum and joey share the limelight


Joey gets camera shy, while mum has a scratch


Male tree roo photographed with the telephoto lens before it went in for cleaning.
(The lens, that is, not the roo.)

You can see why I'm looking forward to getting the lenses back. Also, why I like living here.

11 comments:

mick said...

Even without the good lens your photos show a fascinating place to live. What seems best to me is that all the "wild" creatures are happy to live in such close proximity to your place.

Bernie said...

Who needs the good lens when you get such great photos without it! Marvellous stuff ... to see the mother and the joey is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing these shots. One day I might get to see them for myself.

Nature ID said...

Uh, National Geographic Society? Nice pics!

Snail said...

Mick, they're remarkably tolerant of people invading their space.

Bernie, adults are relatively common, but that's only the second joey I've seen since I've been here. Very sweet.

NatureID --- National Geographic! Of course! I was wondering why my yellow rectangle looked familiar.

fnkykntr said...

Great pictures! Wish we had seen some when we were up in Far North QL a couple of months ago.

Elsie Xie said...

Enjoyed your roo images. Its a rare opportunity to be up close and personal with animals in the wild.

biobabbler said...

Wow! They look like mildly magical mysterious creatures. How exciting. Re: liking where you live, we were away this weekend and in the hotel where we stayed I heard so few birds in the morning, made me appreciate where we live.

Anonymous said...

Still with the furry warm-bloods already. yaaawn ;-)
Hi from our once-in-50yr drought.

And because it didn't take off a few years ago, techeye's having another try with the much better than its inspiration - Desiderata 2.0.
http://www.techeye.net/bogroll/desiderata-2-0
"GO placidly amid the hot links and the distractions,
and remember what peace there may be in unplugging.
"
I note that you seem the more relaxed about taking more offline sabbaths than you used to.
I suppose tree roos can do that to a person :-)

d :-)

Snail said...

Fnkykntr, they're not easy to spot! There are a few readily accessible spots around here where visitors have a good chance of seeing them --- Peterson's (formerly Petersen) Creek in Yungaburra and Malanda Falls Conservation Park in particulr --- but there are no guarantees, of course!

Elsie, it is a privilege to have them around. (They may not feel the same way about me!)

Biobabbler, definitely the same here with the bird song. Although I occasionally have bad things to say about the madly cackling scrubfowl at 3am.

How are ya, D? I haven't relaxed completely yet, but I do find myself getting less done than I once did. Not sure that this is entirely a good thing, but I'm enjoying it for the moment.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Bronwen,
Just b... delightful!

forestwalk/laura k said...

GREAT pic's!!!
i didn't even know there were different kinds of kangaroos...and especially ones that climb trees!!

they kinda remind me of Lemurs...in the face..??!!

how cool to be able to be a part of your nature!! THANKS!!!!