Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Selections #164

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River I usually run with a theme. Last Friday we went to the Parliamentary Rose Gardens, so I could take some photos.  And, needless to say I took a LOT.  So I will devote a post to them later this week.

On our way home, we detoured down to the lake to smile at kangaroos.  And smile I did.  It was a hottish day and the kangaroos were doing what they do best, relaxing.  As always clicking on the photos will embiggen them.









And just as we were leaving these ducks trotted by, begging to have their photos taken too.  So I obliged.



86 comments:

  1. Beautiful kangaroos and what a sight they are to behold. And certainly the ducks should have their photos taken as well. It is still 1:30 PM, Saturday, March 22nd, here:)

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    1. Grannie Annie: I do love this little haven on the lake - somewhere I go for a treat. And the ducks were a bonus.
      It is decidedly Sunday morning here. Just after first light.

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  2. Great pictures. Love the last duck with the grey cape over his outfit. Dapper fellow.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The ducks seemed to be playing 'follow the leader'. So busy, and obviously running late.

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  3. Like Granny Annie above, I'm commenting on your Sunday Selection on a Saturday. Here it's 7.30 PM.

    Those kangaroos certainly have the right idea, lounging in the shade during the hottest part of the day. And a couple of them are giving you the hairy eyeball. We'd sometimes see them in the distance during the day but mostly in the evenings as they'd come to the waterhole to drink. I always thought they were very cute. My gran had an Eastern Grey that she rescued called Bluebell. She was a lovely, gentle creature, except for the time she came up behind one of my sisters and pushed her into the goldfish pond. As none of the other siblings cared much for that particular sister, Bluebell became our hero :-)

    Very kind of you to oblige the ducks - and they posed so nicely for you as well. Are they line dancing?

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    1. Marie: I put up my Sunday Selections when I get up - around five-thirty this morning. Shortly I am heading into the garden again.
      The row of ducks was a delight. I had thought they were playing follow the leader - but line dancing works for me too.
      I can quite see how Bluebell became your hero. Love it.

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  4. You have the coolest creatures where you live.

    And it is 11:48 Saturday morning here.

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    1. Birdie: And we do know how lucky we are. As I reply to your comment it is 7.10 on Sunday morning. The time differences are something I know, and have trouble getting my head around.

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  5. You have kangaroos aplenty there...as common as our squirrels.

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    1. Delores: And, like your squirrels some of us love them, and others? Not so much.

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  6. There are some big fellows amongst those roos...powerful chests and shoulders. We don't have them here on the hill, but we do have many of the ducks. And particularly on this property as there are two large fish ponds that the ducks claim as their own.

    Happy Sunday...and I hope your week matches, EC. :)

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    1. Lee: I have a huge soft spot for ducks. All of them. And they are very happy beside the lake. With the kangaroos, the swans, the moor hen - and intrusive people.
      A happy week to you too.

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  7. What would you think of, when you in Australia, KANGAROOS. Brilliant photos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: There are worse things to think of when Australia is mentioned. And I do love our kangas.

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  8. The kangaroos seem to be such foreign creatures to me, but they certainly do seem to know how to relax. They could teach me quite a lot in that regard. Love the pretty ducks. :-)

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    1. DJan: Kangaroos relax better than anything I know that isn't a cat. And I would learn from them too.

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  9. I miss the wallabies...too many fenced housing estates and dogs and bad drivers now.

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    1. dinahmow: There are casualties here too. Too many of them.

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  10. They really know how to relax mainly in hot weather but when they move they go fast.
    Merle................

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    1. Merlesworld: I can't relax as well as them OR move as fast or as well. Sigh.

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  11. Lovely roos. They certainly give the impression of being masters of all they survey. Have a pleasant and enjoyable Sunday.

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    1. Alexia: These ones don't lead a bad life. They have quite a big area, and no predators.
      And a great Sunday to you too.

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    2. I love your comment below about being "hell for leather or collapsed"! Sounds very familiar...

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    3. Alexia: You need some moderation in your life too? Sad isn't it?

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  12. I cannot help but wonder what the first white people to see kangaroos must have thought. They really are such a weird animal.

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    1. Andrew: It was the first platypus which really did their heads in. I believe that when the first stuffed platypus was sent back to England for study the scientists were convinced it was a hoax.

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  13. Kickin' back in the shade. :) Kangaroos fascinate me, since I've only seen them in zoos. Now ducks are a different matter. They swarm if you have bread for them. They chased my son when he was about 2, nipping at his bare toes as they charged him for the bread in his hand. Quite aggressive!

    I hope the days are starting to cool off for you. Jez is doing a "welcome Fall" dance in your honor. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: Ducks are one thing, but they are severely outnumbered on the aggressive front by swans. Who have serrated beaks and an imperious attitude. I hope your son screamed blue bloody murder - and suspect he did.
      The weather can't make up its mind quite yet. Getting there I think. Thanks Jez.

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  14. Tk! Tk! Tk!
    What's that Skip?
    Your master's fallen down a cliff and broken his arm in three places?

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: Tsk, Tsk, Tsk:. What's that Skip? You pushed him? He was an annoying little prat so I will be your alibi if you like.

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  15. I smiled at these photos too.
    Kangaroos certainly are masters at relaxation.
    Such uniquely beautiful creatures.

    And, wild ducks are so cool. Love their call.

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    1. Vicki: The park is less than half an hour away from us, and I use it as respite when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed. And it has never failed me. I love the roos - which most people simply drive past and the birds are a joy too.

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  16. For someone with MS, you certainly seem to get around. More power to ya kiddo! I spent today practically unconscious from extreme high blood sugar. It was one of Joe's more peaceful days lately. true.

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    1. lotta joy: I have been out and about a LOT lately. And shortly will pay for it. Big time. I decided that I could have a life or I could have an existence. Life costs more - but is (usually) worth it.
      Though when all this gadding about catches up with me, I will wonder. I am so tired I feel sick, and bits of me have ceased functioning. And I did it to myself.

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  17. Kangaroos...they are interesting but an odd animal. I was always afraid they would box me if I got too close to the fence at the zoo!

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    1. Bookie: I would be very surprised. They are mostly very gentle creatures - to everyone and everything except their own breed. There have been attacks, but it is mostly the victims own fault.

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  18. Oh what a treat to be able to visit some kangaroos without having to travel miles and they are so beautiful. I am very proud of our national symbol as it is so different and beautiful.
    I am glad you caught those ducks as wood ducks are one of my favourite birds. I think they are so handsome and I love the way they play 'follow the leader'. I always hate to think of them, and other water birds, being shot by hunters.
    Thank you so much for sharing such glorious photographs....they made me smile and begin my cyber day with happiness.
    I notice on one of your replies you said you were determined to have a life even if you suffer for it later. You have inspired me EC. I really must try and get out and about occasionally even if it means I can barely move the next day or two. I am stagnating and while I love my blogging and facebook friends I can't continue to live in other's lives and not have one of my very own. Thank you for being such a straight up person.

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    1. Mimsie: Thank you so much. But be careful. I do dreadful things to myself from time to time in my determination to be 'normal'. Which I probably never was.
      Some moderation would be better - but I don't manage moderate very well. I seem to be going hell for leather or collapsed.

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  19. I love the way those ducks all have their heads up just so, like modelling students balancing books.
    Love the kangaroos, I haven't seen any for quite a while, January I think, when I went to the zoo and they only have two.

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    1. River: I loved the ducks too. Trotting along in a line they were just charming.
      There are always kangaroos beside the lake, and sometimes fifty or more of them. Which is fun.

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  20. Awwwww! So sweet! Did you get that close, or have a really good zoom?

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  21. Wow that close eh? I'd be wary myself, I'm the same with horses and elephants (as though I see elephants regularly), there's something about the size of them and the look in their eyes. So intelligent. Beautiful mind, love these pictures. Hubby asked if they were in your garden because you always have such wonderful wildlife photos taken from your house hahaha. It wouldn't surprise me for all the chortles though.

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    1. All Consuming: I am wary of most animals. Appreciative - but wary. And the skinny one distrusts horses. He tells me that if there is a single vehicle accident in the countryside, the investigators will find a horse in a nearby paddock. Snickering to itself.
      Fortunately the kangaroos are NOT in my garden. They are not garden friendly. I wouldn't mind the ducks on snail patrol though.

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  22. Are those wild kangaroos just hanging out? Your kangaroo sightings are probably like our deer sightings here.

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    1. Alex J Cavanaugh: Certainly not tame kangaroos anyway. Used to people, so not completely 'wild', but free. And some of us rarely see kangaroos and I assume the same is true of deer you way.

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  23. Some nice shots. Must have been a great day out.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. WordsPoeticallyWorth: It was a lovely interlude - and thank you.

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  24. AHHhhh, gorgeous!

    you mean to tell me they are in the "WILD?"

    Amazing.

    Love to you, Sweet Girl. Xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: They aren't caged, and wander free so technically yes, they are in the wild. Aren't we lucky? Hugs.

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    2. YES!
      If I saw a Kangaroo around here, I'd jump up and down like a fool screaming "Look at the Kangaroo!!!!!!!!!!!!'

      XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX hope you are well, S.

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    3. My Inner Chick: We see them often and they ALWAYS make my heart sing.

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  25. They really are good in relaxing! Do they hang out there just next to the road? How awesome. I hope that one day I can see kangaroos in the wild myself.

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    1. Carola Bartz: These photos were taken in park land beside the lake. The kangaroos have made it their own, and recline at their leisure in the sun or the shade - whichever suits. And I hope you can see them in the wild, as they should be seen too.

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  26. I guess the whole world loves those kangaroos! They look so sweet. I'm sure they're not always sweet, though!

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: Mostly they are sweet - except to each other. Very few of our native animals are aggressive. Which goes some way to making up for our venomous critters - who also aren't aggressive unless threatened.

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  27. Oh, look at them! :-) I just love them. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: Thank you - so do we love them.

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  28. The kangaroos remind me so much of our deer, in colour and the whole front-end-smaller-than-back-end silhouette ... and I thought of you, two days ago, when I saw three young deer crossing the road in broad daylight - I was wishing I had my camera and wasn't hurtling along to a dental appointment :) They were what I like to think of as wayward adolescent deer - not babies but not adults, milling around aimlessly instead of getting across the road in a business-like manner ... bunching up and running into each other as they watched the car go by! Maybe next time, EC. I shall have to start taking the camera and turning it on every time I leave home. Thank you for sharing your kangaroos!

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    1. jenny_o: I am always fascinated to see photos of deer - such graceful animals. And have a huge soft spot for gangling adolescents of all most every species - except ours. 'Hurtling to a dental appointment'? Urk. Not my favourite people. They define necessary evil to me.

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  29. How adorable! Your photos of the Kangaroos are great, and the geese:). Marvelous to see them in their own natural habitat.

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    1. DeniseinVA: The kangaroos are very comfortable there - and it is a little slice of heaven for me.

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  30. Dear EC, in a blog I follow written by a Texas blogger--Shelly--there's the question today, "What country would you like to visit." I left a comment, but neglected to say Australia. Then I got to your blog and remembered that you've intrigued me so often with your postings and photographs that I had added Australia and New Zealand to my bucket lists. Thank you! Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you - there is magic all over the world and rather a lot of places I dream of seeing. Including more of New Zealand than the airport...

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  31. Amazing! It must be just amazing to see them.

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    1. Lynn: We see them often - and delight in them each and every time.

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  32. How wonderful to see such lovely creatures lounging around.
    I've been gone for a while and will be gone for most of April. But just wanted to check in and say Hi. I miss connecting with my friends in blog land.

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    1. Myrna R.: Thank you. I hope that all is well in your world?

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  33. Kangaroos are such amazing-looking creatures. Powerful, too. Back in the fifties, there would occasionally be a "boxing match" on TV featuring a kangaroo. (The rules be damned; those fellas kicked, too!)

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    1. Susan: It is a powerful kick too. Balanced on their tails they can deliver a powerful wallop. Their toe nails are impressive too.

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  34. Everybody happy. The ‘roos seem curious, I hope they kept their distance.

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    1. Friko: They kept their distance and I kept mine.

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  35. The 'roos look so placid, calm. But I have heard keeping one's distance is the only way to see them.

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    1. Susan Kane: They are mostly gentle creatures but they are not tame, and I wouldn't attempt to pat them. Watching them is pleasure enough.

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  36. j
    i canguri danno grandi calci, ma sono ugualmente adorabili, bellsisime foto

    give great kicking kangaroos, but are equally adorable, beautiful photos


    ventisqueras.wordpress.com

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    1. Anonymous: Thank you - I am glad you enjoyed them.

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  37. Love seeing them chillin'. Yeah you can tell that it probably isn't such a good idea getting too close though. Great photos!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I am perfectly happy to wander within a couple of metres of them though.

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  38. What a lovely set of shots!

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  39. How fun to just be able to come across kangaroos at will!! You got some great pictures too.

    I always like to look at the ducks, and you're right, they do beckon to have their photos taken. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: It is delightful to have kangaroos close enough to see them most days. And I have a huge soft spot for ducks too. Comical creatures, but with a lot of charm.

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  40. Hi Sue,

    Thought I'd hop back to your previous posting. Your photos of kangaroos always amazes me. I've never seen a kangaroo outside my house. Although, we do seem to have kangaroo courts.

    You do well with your thoughtful words and photos. A nice, positive distraction and I'm most grateful. Thank you.

    Gary :)

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, thank you. And we have kangaroo courts here too. Rather a lot of them.

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