Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday Selections #362

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.  River is having a blog break at the moment (and will be missed), so I am keeping the meme warm in her absence. 

 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  Sort of.  I was on call for Lifeline one night last week.  It was long, tiring and stressful.  When I got up the next morning after less than four hours sleep I felt jaded.  And disinclined to do much.  So we went down to a park beside the lake.  I was hoping for a kangaroo fix, but the lake is always calming.  And beautiful.


Win/win.





  
Kangaroos relax well.



And then we spotted a poor over-burdened mama kangaroo and her joey.  Who was most definitely a pouch potato.  In the twenty minutes or so we watched them, the joey looked outside the pouch but didn't bother emerging.  And its head and a leg or two hung outside.  It looked most uncomfortable (for the mother) and that pouch was FULL.





The joey's head looks almost as big as his mother's doesn't it?  And it didn't matter whether she was standing, lying down or moving, that joey wasn't getting out.

 


They didn't seem bothered by our presence but we left them in peace to soak up the peace and quiet...

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  1. She's never going to get that boy off to college!

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    1. Mary Damon: Hopefully he doesn't invite his friends home.

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  2. He's too big for his pouch. She will have a hard time kicking him out of the house.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I think she should have evicted him already.

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  3. That joey's fortunate I'm not his mama.

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  4. The above comments are hilarious! hahahah

    What an amazing site.

    It must be so warm, so cozy inside that pouch. No wonder the little (?) fellow does not want to come out. Who can blame him/her?

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    1. Caterina: The comments are great aren't they? In high summer I expect that pouch is VERY warm and cosy. The joey was reaching out and munching grass as his mama moved too. Definitely a pouch potato.

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    2. Oh dear, I forgot it is summer there. Was thinking of our -13 C !

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    3. Caterina: I knew you were. Not a problem. I hope you get some sunshine today.

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  5. roos are handsome critters. I can't imagine crossing one in a FL marsh.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: They are handsome, and their camoflague is surprisingly good. We often only see them when they move. Not sure how they would go in a marsh though.

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  6. I feel like sitting in a lake today....all day...to keep cool. Actually, the humidity is making me feel as if I'm already sitting in a lake, a sweltering lake!

    Have a great week, EC. Cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Bleah. We are cooler today. A LOT cooler. It isn't 14C yet. Though next week we are soaring to the high 30s again.
      Stay cool. As much as you can.

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  7. I laughed at the phrase "pouch potato." Very fitting indeed. Must be sweltering in there, so I wonder what his problem is that he doesn't want to get out. Great shots! :-)

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  8. wow great photos last week I bought a book about kangarros in secongd hand it was lovely and I use it on English lessons at school

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    1. Gosia k: I hope they really enjoy learning about our roos.

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  9. Joey be needin’ to move out, get a job and live on his/her own!

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    1. Birdie: Joey be not agreeing with you. At all.

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  10. I think it has well past the time when joey should leave home. I wonder if perhaps they stay in the pouch until the next joey arrives?

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    1. Andrew: It is complicated but I believe that there can be more than one joey at once - at different stages. One becoming mature and just out of the pouch, another developing in the pouch and one embryo in pause mode.

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  11. It is time for that baby to leave the pouch.

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  12. The first part of the landscape is quite beautiful, but, Kangaroos are superb EC. I love them, but it is time to go out!

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. We love them too.

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  13. Dear EC
    More lovely landscape photos. I feel so sorry for Mum kangaroo - ouch!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Definitely ouch. Kangaroos have impressive feet and claws. Clambering in and out of that pouch would hurt, and it looks stretched to bursting point.

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  14. LOVE the kangaroo photos! That joey suffers from failure to launch.

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    1. Marie Smith: Great comment - and yes, we do love our roos.

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  15. Nice photos. I’m interested in the idea that Australians have English lessons. What can we possibly teach them?

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    1. Terry: Gosia is from Poland and teaches English as a second language. And we do indeed have English lessons here - teaching us to 'speak proper'.

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  16. I like Marie's answer. lol Besides humans, do the kangaroos have any natural enemies?

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    1. lotta joy: We are their biggest predator. Dingoes are another (though their numbers are diminishing). And I suspect eagles and foxes will take unwary joeys.

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  17. The kangaroos are so cute! You can't blame the little guy for wanting to be carried around. It's probably nice and cozy in the pouch.

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    1. Danielle L. Zecher: Welcome and thank you. It is undoubtedly cosy in the pouch but in our summer I suspect it would be a little tooo cosy. And that little guy wasn't all that little.

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  18. Lovely photos! A lot of different animals are having trouble with their young ones failing to launch, I see.

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    1. Sharon Quails: It seems to be a problem which crosses the species divide doesn't it?

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  19. Great photos, EC. I don't know which mother would be more uncomfortable, this poor long-suffering 'roo or the expectant lady in last Sunday's post!
    I hope you have a relaxing and coolish week.

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    1. Alexia: Motherhood isn't easy is it?
      We have a blissfully cool (some would say cold) day today before it ramps up again next week. I hope your weather is behaving. How far along are your meet the grandchild preparations? You must be starting to get very excited.

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    2. Yes - now that Christmas etc is over I can start planning properly. I have booked and paid for my tickets to Europe and back, but that's about it so far. Oh - and I've bought a new suitcase, as the old one fell apart towards the end of my last trip!

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    3. Alexia: I imagine you will need a new suitcase to carry all the gifts with you. I imagine your excitement is mounting.

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  20. we are freezing here and a bit of snow, beautiful photos, what is the tower on the mountain?

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    1. Linda Starr: We are cool today, but will go back into meltdown mode next week. The tower is Telstra Tower - our telecommunications tower and look out. The views of the city are spectacular from it.

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  21. Oh I'm glad we don't carry the babies around in a pouch, they do get heavy in time.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merlesworld: Heavy and increasingly active. Those feet could hurt.

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  22. Pouch potato! I love it! Mama needs to boot him out.

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    1. Bill: We thought so too, but mama showed no signs that she was even considering it. Patient mama. Long suffering mama. Foolish mama.

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  23. That is a big baby!

    What is Lifeline?

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    1. Sandi: A very big baby. Particularly when you consider that they are jelly-bean sized when they are born. Lifeline is the charity I volunteer with. It provides 24 hour free telephone crisis support and suicide prevention services to Australians.

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    2. Sandi: Thank you. It is getting increasingly busy. And sometimes very, very sad.

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  24. "pouch potato" Definitely steal-worthy!

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    1. dinahmow: Steal away. I *think* I coined it, and it certainly describes the joey accurately.

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  25. Wow, what a job she has, eh? The joey's head does look adult-sized. That pouch is like magic, like a Tardis--bigger on the inside!

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    1. Bea: From what we could see the joey still has quite a bit of growing to do, but it did look to have out-grown the pouch. What a job indeed.

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  26. Marvelous pictures of the kangaroo and her Joey. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is just wonderful looking at them.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. We thought so too, and both of us were smiling widely enough to hurt our faces.

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  27. Pouch potato... LOVE it! :)
    I'm sorry you have such stressful encounters while trying to do your best to help others. I'm sure your efforts are much appreciated though.
    Love the shot of the sun in the clouds!

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    1. River Fairchild: I get an immense amount from it, and it is when all is said and done voluntary. Any pain is self inflicted.
      I liked that sun in the clouds shot too.

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  28. Wonderful photos, love the kangaroos! Will you get some sleep?

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    1. e: Tonight is going to be blissfully cool and I will go to bed early and hopefully get rather a lot of catch up sleep.

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  29. This brought a smile to my face :) I guess he just loves his mama.

    I hope you get some rest!

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    1. Truedessa: We smiled a lot too. And his mama loves him too.

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  30. I love your term "pouch potato."

    I wonder if there may be something wrong with the baby (or teenager). Or maybe he didn't get enough sleep last night either :D

    Whatever the reason, they are wonderful shots!

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    1. jenny_o: I doubt that there was anything wrong with the joey. It was obviously interested in what was going on around it, and reached out of the pouch to munch on grass. It just seemed to be comfortable. Very comfortable.

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  31. Hi EC - amazing photos - and honestly I bet that Joey ends not doing a lot through life ... lazy kid!!! Bet he made them both hot ... the park looks amazing - just so serene ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: That park is lovely. It is a joy whatever the season or the time of the year. Or the weather. And yes, I suspect that both mama and joey were made hotter.

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  32. Love the photos and comments. My feeling is that mama is well able, with those claws, to prevent baby from climbing back in if she really is getting all that uncomfortable. Maybe she's a helicopter parent!

    Anyway, thank you for volunteering for Lifeline. Such services are much needed.

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    1. messymimi: You are right of course. If/when she has had enough, junior won't get a look in. Just the same, I did feel for her.

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  33. Time for that Joey to get evicted.
    I like the peaceful scenery shots and that uber-relaxed kangaroo.
    I admire you a lot for manning a lifeline phone. It's such a hard thing to do.

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    1. River: It is a really, really lovely spot. Peaceful and beautiful. It is rarely crowded as well. I get a lot more than I give from my voluntary work. Not least a regular reminder of just how lucky I am.

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  34. If she kicks him out, the next one will be born so it's a bit of a toss up! teen/ newborn... teen/ newborn

    The cool weather today is blissful, isn't it?

    I hope you get lots of good recovery in. From everything

    xo

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    1. kylie: Given how tiny the newborns are, I would take them over the teen any time. And yes, the cool weather is WONDERFUL. Not going to last, but wonderful while it is here.

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  35. Thank you for the delightful walk by the lake. I just love those kangaroos. Wouldn't mind sitting next to one discussing thing if only kangaroos could talk. lol

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    1. Rasma Raisters: I am pretty certain that kangaroos make more sense than some people. A lot more.

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  36. Yay! It's Sunday Selections, and just let me say that I can very much relate to a tired kangaroo every now and again. (lol) I'm glad you were able to relax at the lake for just a little while. I picture you with a good book in hand and a lovely cup of tea, EC. Sending Hugs of Healing your way.RO

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    1. RO: Picturing me with a cup of tea and a book is OFTEN accurate. Possibly too often. And yes, I am often a tired/lazy roo as well.

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  37. Great way to relax. Love the photos.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. It is a truly wonderful place to relax and breathe and let the world go by.

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  38. How weird I just sent a comment but it dissolved.... oh well, I'll come back to see if it ever appears.

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    1. Shammickite: Nope, this is the only comment from you. Sigh on blogger. Not only are comments taking an age to load it is eating some of them.

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    2. Well, I think what I said was that I am very happy not to be a kangaroo as my youngest son is now 6'1" and I would hate to have him in my "pouch" however but at least he has left home!!!!!

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    3. Shammickite: I am happy not to be a roo as well. Mind you, I suspect I would happily be one of the big cats. Or a raptor.

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  39. Man, I'd be kicking his butt out onto the grass! Lazy joey. Reminds me of a story called Pig, Pig Grows up, about a baby pig who behaves in similar fashion. Very cute story. Great illustrations. Love the roos :)

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    1. mshatch: I will have to hunt down Pig, Pig Grows Up. I thoroughly enjoy children's books. And I suspect hard-hearted Hannah (aka me) would also be evicting the free loader.

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  40. Okay,
    you know I LOVE those kangaroos!!!!!! xx

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  41. Absolutely fantastic pictures. Not only are they of Kangaroos (I always love it when you post those), but you got some Joeys too!

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    1. Robert Bennett: Just the one joey. And I was really chuffed to see him, and that he and his mother weren't camera averse.

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  42. Ohh my gosh!! Joey's don't give a fuq! Hahaha, way too cute. The second kangaroo pic is my favorite. Absolutely stunning photos.
    Not sure if I've asked you this...but are kangaroos where you live as bad as the deer population here (Michigan)?

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      Not supposed to be plur...

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    2. Harlynn: Some farmers loathe the kangaroos. And some country dwellers too, as they munch their gardens down to nothing. Here in our Nation's capital I love them. And am so grateful to often see them.

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  43. I don't know how you do the lifeline, but I'm happy someone can handle those lines. That has to be stressful. However, your failure to move on joey photos are hysterical and remind of so many young adults around here, where I live, (and in my own family) still clinging to parents at well over 30, some living with them still, mom still doing their laundry. "Joeys still in the pouch".

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    1. Strayer: It can be stressful, but it is so much more stressful for our callers. Some of them go through things which would have me velcroed to the carpet under the bed refusing to come out.
      My partner's sister's joeys all refuse to come out. Her three sons are thirty or rapidly approaching it and still living at home. One left, briefly. I suspect it would come as a real shock to them to have to look after themselves.

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  44. Thanks for showing, teaching, and touching us. Do get enough sleep please! <3

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. I do try and get enough sleep. Really I do. And it is only one day a fortnight when lifeline seriously cuts into it.

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  45. Those kangaroo shots are great! I wonder if her back aches carrying around her young one like that.

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    1. Lon Anderson: I expect their backs do ache from time to time - and mine did in sympathy.

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  46. If he doesn't move out, he should at least start paying rent! ;)

    Great shots, EC! My niece comes back for good next week. I know she's going to miss Australia.

    -Marty K

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    1. Marty K: I am glad that your niece enjoyed her time here. And hope she can visit from time to time. Smiling at the idea of a joey paying rent.

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  47. I too always find water so calming, it may be the river, the sea a lake or stream ...but it is always calm, peaceful and beautiful.

    I enjoyed your selection of photographs, always good to see the kangaroos.

    May the coming week be calm and peaceful for you.
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. Water is an incredible benison isn't it? If ever I become rich (which won't be a happening thing) I would love a house on the water.

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  48. Working on Lifeline must be exhausting; I commend you!! Perhaps that joey finished college & moved back in. All my kids did!!

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    1. fishducky: It is tiring - but worth it. Thank you. And I love the idea of the joey finishing college and coming home again.

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  49. Glad you had a win win after so little sleep. Love the pictures. Amazing that you got them all.

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    1. Natalie Aguirre: Definitely a win. And almost worth the sleep deprivation. The roo and the joey were remarkably patient about the paparazzi.

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  50. Gosh, that poor mama! Hope the Joey wasn't stuffed in there because he's hurt. Just a late bloomer, hopefully.

    So good to see the beauty and glad you're taking good care of beautiful you.
    Nice to see the warmth in your world:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I would be surprised if the joey was injured in any way. It was alert and interested in the world around it, but not going anywhere. I am a beauty addict and so grateful to have a ready supply close to home.

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  51. Lovely photos.
    There is just something 'regal' in our kangaroos.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Mostly I would agree. Nothing regal about a foot and a head poking out of a pouch though.

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  52. I read in one of your comments, what "Lifeline" is. Bless your heart for helping! It is so sad, what people are going through. They are blessed for having you helping!!
    I LOVE the pictures! LOL! That joey is not going to leave it's mom! LOL! So cute!!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Aren't kangaroos lovely? We see them several times each week and always smile (except when they jump in front of the car).

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    2. Such a wonderful treat!! But, you are right, I wouldn't want them jumping in front of my car!!

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    3. Magic Love Crow: Dawn and dusk are the problem times. Other than that they stay away from the roads.

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  53. Without fail, you blow me away with your photos. That's a smart joey, staying warm - best seat in the house.
    So glad you have easy access to pick-me-ups, given the heart taxing work you do.
    Love and hugs.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: If it wasn't summer I would agree with you. At this time of year I would opt for air-conditioning rather than a furry room. And thank you.

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  54. Kangaroos rule! I'd love to have a Joey as a pet but I know that's not a good idea.

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    1. Stephen Tremp: We are lucky having them close by, and I will happily settle for that. Joeys, like children, grow up.

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  55. Amazing photos. It's so crazy to think that for those of us in other parts of the world, we see kangaroos as something only on TV or in photographs, but you actually see them in person, living in the wild. Amazing planet we live on.

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    1. 1st Man: I really like the blogosphere because it makes the world a smaller place. And I agree, it is an amazing planet.

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  56. Its too lovely blog,good work...

    http://www.grsshoes.com/

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  57. I bet if the Joey got out, the mom would flee. So cool you get to see these

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I wonder? I suspect she would just continue to mooch along and soak up the sun. We often see kangaroos, but rarely see joeys. And we have seen them even less often since the council started a contraceptive program at this park.

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  58. Looking at the trees and skies seems so peaceful and relaxing EC. Perfect for the hustle and bustle of Monday morning! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: There is always a need for calming beauty isn't there? Hugs back.

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  59. 'Pouch potato,' hahahaha. My job has left me feeling a bit jaded too. I am very much enjoying this weekend. We went to the beach. The water view calms me too. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: I think water and water views calm a lot of us down.

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  60. Enjoyed seeing all the photos. Nice to see the Joey in the pouch of his mother.:)

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    1. Jene: Welcome and thank you. We do love our roos.

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  61. A joey too shy, methinks. Mom needs to give that large fellow the boot soon. Lovely drifting with you as always.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I am not sure shy is the word. He/she was certainly interested in us, and craned his head to get a look even when the adult turned away. But yes, there isn't enough room in that pouch any more.

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  62. What a lovely way to travel for the Joey - in mom's pouch. Poor mom! I'd be tempted to smack it out of there. :)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Yes. On both counts.

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    2. I have a mental image of her rubbing her back, saying, "Oh, my aching back."

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    3. Sandra Cox: And it would be completely understandable if she did.

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  64. So wonderful to see summer! Do mama kangaroos ever kick the joeys out of the house? At some point she won't be able to stuff a full sized 'roo in there, will she?

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    1. Jono: As we swelter I have been revelling in winter on your side of the world. The joeys clamber into the pouch themselves - sometimes long after there is really room for them. I assume there comes a time when mama says no - but I haven't seen it.

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  65. Good morning, I'm hoping your weather is not too hot, but if I could send some of our winter to you, just enough to take the edge off your heat I would! Brrr! These kangaroos are just the sweetest critters, and it's wonderful how they just are so relaxed while you watch and take photos. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Karen S.: Summer is indeed too hot, and I would gladly take winter off your hands. The roos are not tame, but quite accustomed to people. Which is lovely. I hope your week is full of sunshine.

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  66. Oh my goodness these are so cute!!

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  67. Dear EC, I just keep learning from you. I never would have imagined that a Roo would carry in her pouch such a large joey. He didn't look like a joyous joey, but still a completed contented one! Thanks for sharing. Peace.

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    1. Dee: The joey was certainly relaxed and comfortable. And I hope both of them were/are content.

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  68. I love that you can go see this.
    Very flippin' cool.
    Love the baby. So cute.
    Sorry it was a long one for you.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: We love that we can go and see this too. And the long one was so much longer for the callers that I am a tad ashamed of whining.

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  69. The pouch potato reminded me of an article I read a long time ago about how Mediterranean men are not moving out of their parental homes and marrying superlate :)

    Great sky photos as usual. Hope you're rested now.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: It is not only Mediterranean men. My partner's nephews (in or approaching their 30s) are still living with their parents. They simply move their girlfriends in as well.

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  70. Awww - wonderful shots of the roos! And lovely big clouds to complete the picture.

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    1. Lady Fi: That park is always a restorative place to visit.

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  71. I love the kangaroo pics...such beautiful animals!
    I have always wanted to visit Australia and see them in the wild... maybe one day!
    Thank you so much for posting these.☺☺

    Have a great day!

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    1. Ygraine: Thank you. We see kangaroos often (several times a week) and always smile. I hope your week is great.

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  72. Wow, these are great photos. I have a thing about kangaroos (I love them from afar, since we don't have them in the US). I even wrote a story about one. They really are beautiful animals with such intelligent faces.

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    1. Elizabeth Varadan, Author: They are beautiful aren't they?

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  73. Poor mama! That joey looks quite like a lazy bloke or two I've met in my life. Kick 'em to the curb!

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  74. Hope your day has been productive and your evening pleasant.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. I did a bit in the garden early and am hunkered down with books now. I hope your day is delightful.

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  75. Great job with your work- though I can imagine it can take a toll on you. Nature always recharges me. I am glad you were able to get to the park and the kangaroos were a big bonus. That Joey does look like he is causing some discomfort.

    Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. Nature is a wonderful panacea isn't it? I hope that the poor mother wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought though - and she could have tipped him out.

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  76. I love the park. So peaceful and quiet. But the joey in the pouch was captivating. I didn't know the mothers were so patient. Great photos, as usual.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: Thank you. I suspect that all mothers HAVE to develop patience. Regardless of their species.

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  77. The kangaroos I come in contact with are mainly those whom my 2nd son Anthony feeds when they emerge from the bush just before sunset on to his ten acre property near Huskisson,These roo's look a tough bunch; one I saw was about six foot tall when sitting. not many roo's seen where I live apart from Road Kills. Great Pics.

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    1. Vest: We don't feed these, but there are some big ones in the mix. And fortunately they are comfortable and happy and rarely venture onto the roads.

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  78. Don't you hate it when sleep eludes you? I trust that the fairies are now sprinkling all kinds of sleep dust and pleasant dreams on you.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Sadly elusive sleep is an issue which has been with me for a long time. Always welcome when it comes. I hope your birthday was wonderful.

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  79. Great pictures of the kangaroo mum... seems the joey is just hanging in that pouch way too long for comfort.

    Hoping you found your wander round the lake very soothing.

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    1. CountryMum: I felt that way too. I suppose she could say no though. And yes, the wander round the lake was lovely. And we may go down this evening.

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  80. I always love your kangaroos, they looks so lovely.
    The landscape are beautiful in these photos.
    Have a nice summertime.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. We love the roos too. Different animals for Sunday Selections this week.

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  81. Hey Sue,

    Oh I do enjoy seeing some kangaroos. Thanks for sharing some more of your fabulous photos.

    I'm glad I hopped over to your site.

    Gary 😀

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  82. Oh my gosh, these pictures are amazing! What a great way to destress. You deserved to see that mama and her joey! xoxo

    Have a beachy week!
    Elsie

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  83. Happy Birthday EC! Hugs...RO

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