Kangaroo and Joey

This post is for the benefit of my overseas friends and followers.  While not all Australians get to see this site regularly I’m very blessed to live in an area where I can see kangaroos in the wild (well, it’s a national park) and get relatively close to them – close enough to photograph them.  I remain wary and watchful, they are wild animals after all and can be unpredictable, but all the same these ones are used to seeing humans in their territory on a regular basis.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Joey in pouch. Love it!

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Big old boys

I went with a group on a photowalk at Lysterfield last Saturday and we came across, a couple of times, two big old boy eastern grey kangaroos. One member obviously hadn’t been that close to a kangaroo before and was concerned for their safety. I explained that as long as the kangaroo didn’t feel cornered and could see ways to move away from us, then we weren’t in danger. We just needed to give them space and time to make their decision to move away if they felt we were too close. In the meantime we were able to get some decent shots. For those of you keen to get close shots please be aware I was using a super zoom lens so the kangaroo looks closer than what it actually is and yes, I was a safe distance from it.

One shot is taken in the bushland and another on the beach at the park.

Large male Eastern Grey Kangaroo

Eastern Grey bounding

Birds nest ingredients

As I walked back along Logan’s Track at Lysterfield I could see something white hanging in a tree. I moved off the main track and walked through the growth to get closer to the fence line where the tree was. It was a birds nest that had some extra items added to its making. It looks like plastic at the bottom and some paper in the nest itself. There’s a small bit of red in there too. I don’t know what type of bird owns this nest but it obviously was being adventurous in the materials it chose.

Birds nest with plastic

Young bucks at play

As I headed towards one of my favourite conservation walks at Lysterfield I noticed a group of young male eastern grey kangaroos at play.

Young Bucks at play

Young Bucks at play

Young Bucks at play

Gotcha!

Eastern grey kangaroos

Walking at Lysterfield Park

It’s been most of the year since I’ve been to Lysterfield. I’ve been concentrating on Birdsland Reserve, which is closer to home, but as I was planning to host a photowalk at Lysterfield, thought it best that I go back to have a look around, in case there were any changes I needed to be aware of. But happily, it was much the same. A few improvements here and there but the park was the same and as lovely as ever. Here are some images of spotted gums and scenery near Mahogany carpark.

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This is one of the tracks in the park. I always feel so much at home and joy in being surrounded by our Australian scenery.

Spotted gum trees