Grey Day Relaxing Roos
Had a lay-in this morning, the light was flat and I could see no reason to rush. By the time I did get up, shower and get dressed the view through the window looked more like rain to come. Definitely a day for reading, perhaps watch cricket this afternoon. The Aussies are playing Ceylon in a world cup match in Sydney and its on the TV. So I had a lazy breakfast and a cuppa, and walked up to the window to be greeted by this scene. What we have here is a young mother kangaroo with quite an advanced Joey. This scene is not to be missed, and so out came the camera and very cautiously I opened the window to be almost totally ignored. Great, the pair started grazing and I switched to the 70-300G lens. This is tricky to hand hold in low light but I was able to brace it against the window frame to good effect. What a pair of posers. A little later they briefly resumed grazing, the joey going to the left and mum to the right. Junior soon got bored though and casual laid down for a stretch and a scratch. The rail in the background is our neighbors stairs down to the waters edge. I curse it regularly, but at least it gives me quick access to the edge of the lake where you have to be if you want wide angle shots without the trees intervening.
Thinks I, if you are that relaxed I'll very casually wander outside and down onto the grass, this time with the 90mm macro. By now they'd decided to have another feed. I waited, and sure enough they came back together for another rest. One last frame to finish the set. I'm glad I don't mow the lakeside strip as often as the neighbors do. The roos much prefer the slightly longer fresh grass. It's now 3.30pm and they've just got up and started to stroll off along the lakeside, munching as they go. Good timing, the cricket sounds interesting!
Keywords: Australia, Fairhaven, Gulaga, NSW, Wallaga Lake, grass, green, joey, kangaroo, mountain, relaxed, roos
A delightful story and for us city slickers a quite novel idea to have 'roos in the garden when we are more likely to have just snails and slugs.
The soft and flat light Peter seemed to have worked well today. You have caught the behavioural characteristics of the grey as I recall seeing them at Depot Beach and Mystery Bay. What a lovely world you live in.
Sleep in. Really! Too much.
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