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Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday Selections #177

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. This week I was getting ahead of myself and had my Sunday Selections mostly complete by Friday.  And then on Saturday morning Fran published a post about kangaroos - and how they got their pouch.  Great story - and some wonderful cartoons too (and the link will take you there). 

Trawling through my files for photos to send her I realised I really, really needed a kangaroo fix.  So when the skinny one got up several many hours later we headed down to the lake.

Bliss.










And there were swans too.  Double bliss.





90 comments:

  1. Black swans are so much more exotic looking than white ones. I've never seen a kangaroo before, much less MANY kangaroos. Glad you got your fix, and gave me one. Thanks, EC. Take care.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: We only see white swans in zoos, television or movies so they are the exotica for us. And we are lucky that these kangaroos live less than half an hours drive away. I do love them.

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  2. Well, I won't be in need of a kangaroo fix again any time soon, now that my eyes have been filled right up. Thanks for these great shots. They look like a cross between a rabbit and a dog to me, all splayed out like that basking in the sunshine. And the swans are truly lovely. It was fun, so I'm glad YOU were in need of a fix. :-)

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    1. DJan: We do have some peculiar looking animals here in Oz. Kangaroos relax better than anything else I can think of - except cats.

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  3. I've always wondered, are kangaroos in the wild passive or aggressive toward humans? Gentle and friendly? Or ready to attack and give you a good kick? Moving away from or closer to human intruders? Frightened or not at all?

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    1. rhymeswithplague: These kangaroos live free, and are very used to people. Sharing the park with them were dogs, people, children, bikes, pedestrians, and cars. They keep an eye on us, but are not usually bothered. If someone gets too close they slowly hop away.
      Kangaroos have been aggressive to people - but it is rare. Which is just as well because they have VERY powerful hind legs to kick with.
      Truly wild kangaroos would be much less relaxed, but again probably prefer the flight to the fight option.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: We love them too - and I am glad to share the joy.

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  5. Just beautiful surroundings. Black swans are classy. What about the kangaroo and swan poo? I think about the poor golfers sidestepping Canada goose poo just to play the game.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Kangaroo poo isn't an issue. Pellets and not mounds. Swans, like most birds, are blurters though. I would much, much rather walk through roo do, than the swan's efforts.

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  6. Thanks again for the wonderful pix!!

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    1. fishducky: It was my pleasure - and thank you for the reminder that it was too long since we had visited the kangas.

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  7. I can't imagine going to the beach and seeing kangaroos. They are so interesting.

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    1. Teresa: There are kangaroos all through my city. One of my friends regularly gets them in her yard. And we see them often - and smile every time.

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  8. I never seen a black swan before, they look very cool, and you are so lucky to be surrounded by kangaroos, well all these exotic birds and animals. The most I ever see are horses and sheep. :D

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I think black swans are beautiful. They are bullies though. If anyone brings bread for them they approach at run and will nip your fingers with their serrated beaks if you aren't quick enough. I love them though. And the roos.

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  9. Oh yes, the Kangaroo is the best, beautiful animals. I LOVE them.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They are special aren't they?

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  10. Wow! EC, your photos are amazing. It's very refreshing to see animals we don't have access to - and so close up!

    Thanks for sharing your pics and the Sunday Selections....how does that work if it's Saturday here?! The other question is how do you link to someone else's site? Oh I am so behind the curve! Enjoy your lovely day!

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    1. Musings, Tea and Me: Isn't it lovely that we get to share the beauties across the world through the blogosphere. You could post your Sunday Selections when it is Sunday for you. I will send you an email about the linking process.

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: And me. Always.

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  12. I love trees...eww...and critters...lots of critters.

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    1. Author R Mac Wheeler. Snap. On both counts.

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  13. A handsome gum tree.

    Non Australians may imagine kangaroos bounding around everywhere, but mostly they just laze around, as the ones you show are doing.

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    1. Andrw: It is a lovely spot. Lots and lots of trees, mostly native, the roos and an assortment of birds. And how right you are about kangaroos. Like cats they spend a LOT of time relaxing.

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  14. I went to the link. What a delightful post. As are your photo's. I love kangaroos. Well, I love all animals full stop. But kangaroos are pretty special.

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    1. Wendy: I am so glad you went to visit Fran. It was a heap of fun wasn't it? And yes, on both the animals and kangaroos front. Hugs. I hope you are doing a tiny bit better today.

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  15. This is a relaxing start to a Sunday. I hope The Skinny One is doing well, EC. Of course...I hope you are, too. :)

    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Lee: Thank you. After a very ugly start to the week he is doing better. Which means I am too.

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  16. Blissfully beautiful shots. I think I need a roo fix too - time for another trip to Oz, maybe...

    Have a happy Sunday!

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    1. Alexia: Roo fixes are good. Always. Such relaxing, and beautiful, animals. And I am aware that if they visited my garden I might not be so charitable. I suspect I would still find them beautiful though. A happy Sunday to you too.

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  17. That's a fantastic mob of roos. The boys have just come back from a ride and saw a (small) mob sunning themselves.
    And... swans!

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    1. Vicki: It was lovely to see. It wasn't particularly warm (10 C or so) but they were making the most of it. And yes, the swans were a bonus.

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  18. So are the Roos in lime a. Preserve or just free to roam at the lake or free like our deer might be?

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    1. Bookie: The roos are free, and very much at home there. They live beside the lake and make excursions into the nearby suburbs.

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  19. Hi EC, Thanks so much for inviting me to join you and River for Sunday Selections. I'm not sure about tomorrow's post, but I will definitely give it a try! Your instructions make it sound so easy.
    Cheers, Vickie

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    1. Musings, Tea and Me: How wonderful. The more the merrier.

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    2. Hello Musings, Tea and Me. I'll hop on in tomorrow to see if you post a Sunday Selection. It will be lovely to have another participant.

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    3. River: I hope she does. She has some lovely photos on her blog.

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  20. Swans are beautiful and graceful but roos look like they are having a union meeting or telling some very good stories.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merlesworld: If the roos were in a union meeting it was definitely a stop work meeting.

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  21. Roos AND swans...I'm pouting.
    Excellent pics!

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    1. Karen: As I do at some of your birds and squirrels.

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  22. A nice collection. The swans, especially, look lovely,

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: I have a weakness for the black bullies myself.

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  23. Thank you for sharing those beautiful kangaroos. We can go to nearby Bibra Lake and see black swans and other water birds but I think we would have to travel many kilometres to find kangaroos, more's the pity.
    We do have white swans in Western Australia. They live on the Avon River in Northam (a town 60 miles north-east of Perth). We parked by the river when we were in Northam years ago and it was with pleasure we watched the 'colony' of white swans. They have a beauty of their own too,

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    1. Mimsie: We are lucky with our kangaroobies. There are some living less than a kilometre away - and this group down by the lake. I never tire of them.
      And white swans seem very exotic to me.

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  24. That's quite a large mob! I haven't seen that many kangaroos all at once since..since...I can't remember when. There must be twenty of them there at least.
    I see swans a lot, every time I go near the river, but I don't mind seeing more. They're so beautiful.

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    1. River: There are always kangaroos down by the lake, but the mob was bigger than I have seen it in a while. They were very obviously relaxed and enjoying the sun. A treat for me.

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  25. That's an exotic post, EC, black swans and kangaroos. Makes me think of you like you live in a jungle world kind of, where the jungle vines and heat and bugs would quickly reclaim human civilization, vines over growing up and into buildings, should the humans not aggressively maintain the perimeter. I can it now......ok, my imagination is on high tonight....

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    1. Strayer: The heat and the bugs would scorch the earth to bare bones and we, the kangas and the swans would disappear leaving the parched earth to the bugs is a more likely scenario.
      Further north the vines, the bugs and the heat could come into play.

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  26. Our son in Huskisson with the large cattery, has visiting roos mornings and evenings , he must spend a fortune feeding them food pellets, they appear quite tame but I would not like to argue with the larger roos, great pics EC..

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    1. Vest: I suspect you are right - on both counts. Feeding them wouldn't come cheap, and I would be reluctant to argue with any roo.

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  27. I miss the eucalyptus in California, and I love black swans, happy Sunday to you.

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    1. Linda Starr: I also love our black swans - and the smell of the eucalypt says 'home' to me.

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  28. Looks like your kangaroos grab the best sunning spots before the humans get to the park lol.

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    1. Delores: Unless it is too hot, when they grab the best spots in the shade. The more I think about it, the more cat like characteristics they have.

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  29. As you said: bliss. Thanks for the photos. Marvellous.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: It was. A really wonderful interlude. And a reminder that I need to do it more often.

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  30. I like roos, they always look like they are planing something incredibly devious, whilst staring at you and chewing slowly. Hahahaha. Marvellous pictures, I SO envy you having them close enough to visit and also really pleased the skinny one and you are getting out in the sun. *smiles.

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    1. All Consuming: As I said to Delores, the more I think about it, the more cat like roos are. Which, naturally, includes deviousness.

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  31. It's rare to see a black swan in the wild around here. They are so beautiful! I can't imagine living in a place where kangaroos abound either. What wonderful sights to see. :) I'm glad you're getting back to normalcy...whatever that might entail!

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    1. River Fairchild: We only see black swans here - but they are indeed beautiful. As are the roos. The bush capital has a lot to recommend it.

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  32. Black swans are rare.
    Wild to think the kangaroos are just hanging out at the park. Guess they would be as common as deer are here.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: The black swans are native to Oz, and have really, really settled in here since the lake was filled. Lots of families of them. Which is wonderful.
      And the kangaroos were here before we were - and also thrive.

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  33. Gorgeous! just lovely EC - what a brilliant outing! I adore swans, we don't have any here. I raised an eastern grey kangaroo a lifetime ago now and had him for 12 months and was released north of here at a National park. His mother was road kill and he was still in her pouch. It was a wonderful experience.

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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: Raising a joey would have been an amazing experience. And being able to let him go an even better one - though no doubt bitter-sweet.

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  34. Oh my gosh, seeing that group of kangaroos on the grass just made my Sunday morning. They look like a big happy family. And those black swans are absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: We know that if we take that short drive (less than half an hour) we will almost certainly be rewarded with kangaroos. And often with swans. It is a wonderful outing - and I need to do it more often.

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  35. How super very cool to be able to go out and see kangaroos like you've photographed here!!

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    1. mail4rosey: We are very lucky. And know it.

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  36. What a treat, Anxiety Girl! Swans and Kangaroos in the same post with such lovely photos. May each day hold a happy surprise for you. :-)

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    1. Roland D. Yeomans: Thank you. And happy surprises to you as well. Lots of them.

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  37. I have never seen a kangaroo in person! What a gorgeous treat...they're pretty much just amazing:) Thanks for sharing the riches of your days,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: We see kangaroos at least a couple of times a week. And it is always a treat. We don't often enough go to visit them though.

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  38. OMG! Those kangaroos are so FREAKING cute.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Aren't they? And so relaxed. I use them for therapy and they always, always make me feel better.

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  39. G'day Sue,

    Thought I should hop over to your blog. Nothing like a kangaroo and a swan. I've never been close to a kangaroo. I have been close to a swan and it gave me this evil look.

    Thanks for the photos, my kind friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary, if the swan was content with an evil look you got off lightly. They are bullies and can be vicious.

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  40. Black swans! We normally see only the white ones around here. And I love the kangaroos. What a nice trip!

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    1. Lynn: It is a lovely outing. Very close to home - and full of joy.

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  41. Black swans - like Odile in Swan Lake :)
    Your kangaroos remind me of our deer - the same, but different LOL!
    I think Blogger is likely the cause of your current blog troubles. Good luck.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: Much as I love our kangas, I would love to see deer too. Greediness.

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  42. I am getting a kick out of your slowly-dawning realization (in your replies) that roos are like cats, EC :) Somehow it is striking me in a funny way!

    I have yet to catch our deer with a camera, but when I do, I will send you a photo.

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    1. jenny_o: Like - and unlike. They relax beautifully, they are very adept at finding THE most comfortable spot but I don't think they are quite as selfish about it. I haven't ever seen a kangaroo moving another so it could hog the spot in the sun. Which is not to say it doesn't happen.

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  43. I love love love LOVE these.

    And look at that sky!!

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    1. Guyana-Gyal: I love them too. Each and every time we go to visit them I can feel tension seep out of my body and my face break into a grin.

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