Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Skippy

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~ Skippy ~

My son and finance recently moved to a new house on the edge of a golf course which abuts a lake where there is a large swathe of open land.

When we drove out to visit the other day I met two of the other residents...



Skippy



and Skippy's mother
who were enjoying a late afternoon munch in the sunshine.




I walked up towards Skippy and his mother watched me balefully,
grass hanging out of her mouth.




I was having trouble getting a focused shot with my little 'point
and shoot' and eventually mother tired of the game
and told Skippy it was time to...bound off...







First Mother



then Skippy



...across the road into another vacant verdant grassy area
where they abruptly stopped still, turned and stared at me
as if to say... "and what will you do now?" ...


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31 comments:

  1. They look inquisitive, but a little concerned. Are they hell on gardens?

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  2. I bet they'll eat anything you plant for their dessert and enjoyment.

    We have a deer-fenced area for my summer vegetables. The rest of the property is their playground, literally. I know they like fresh shoots and fresh grass.

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  3. What a fine view! I love kangaroos. And Skippy brings back good memories. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  4. They really are the most extraordinary creatures...like huge hares with long tails. Brilliant shots of the high speed boundings!

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  5. I think this is why we call Australia "Oz"! Like another world...so beautiful and extraodinary...

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  7. Hi Meri,
    they were very cautious and stared fixedly at me...no they only eat grass and like to keep out in the open.

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  8. Lakeviewer,
    Hello there, the kangaroos keep to open spaces eating grass altho one morning when Beloved and I left the house at 5.30 am we encountered a huge one eating a neighbour's lawn - he bounded off down the street in alarm. We think he may have swum the river as it was most unusual to see one in town. We see fewer now as the town is built up and traffic busier.

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  9. Hi Mr Cuban,
    Skippy must be ancient now...I'll have to google him.
    Happy Days

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  10. Hi Tessa,
    those are very powerful tails...and I agree they are the oddest animals. I was lucky to get those shots, the camera would not focus and I just kept snapping hoping to find a goodie later.

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  11. Good morning from sunny Briz!

    They can be so funny but I know not to get too close!

    xxx Mona

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  12. The different worlds we live in. So much more powerful to see the creatures free and roaming, instead of the zoo or fenced areas. Thanks for sharing. All the best. LL

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  13. I came back to sing to you part of this song by:Rolf Harris.
    Tie me Kangaroo down:

    Watch me wallabys feed mate.
    Watch me wallabys feed.
    They're a dangerous breed mate.
    So watch me wallabys feed.
    Altogether now!

    Tie me kangaroo down sport,
    tie me kangaroo down.
    Tie me kangaroo down sport,
    tie me kangaroo down.

    Watch this song will get stuck. xxx mona

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  14. I understand that kangaroos come in different sizes, is that right? If so, does that make them different breeds? How large were these? They do remind me of deer with strong tails.

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  15. Mona,
    Thanks for a touch of Rolf Harris.
    I hope it is not reverberating in your head now.
    Happy Days

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  16. Jennifer,
    There are different species of Kangaroos but they are all quite large. Mother here is about 5ft or more. Wallabies are smaller marsupials.

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  17. Welcome Lorenzo.
    It's nice to have you join in the chat.
    We are lucky here to see so much of nature in the wild. And then we can also go down the road to Steve Irwin's (Crocodile Hunter)zoo if we want.
    I will come by later for a cup of tea!

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  18. They look very very healthy and lean. Do they make Kangaroo pies in Australia? - they certainly look pretty yummy.

    Me old mate Ogden Nash said this in a Poem about the Kangaroo:

    THE KANGAROO
    O Kangaroo, O Kangaroo,
    Be grateful that you're in the zoo,
    And not transmuted by a boomerang
    To zestful tangy Kangaroo meringue.

    Which I thought wasn't exactly a very good effort so far as Kangaroos go - In fact I like this one about a Wapiti better which I would rename 'The Kangaroo' if it was my poem.

    THE WAPITI
    There goes the Wapiti,
    Hippety-hoppity!

    Now call me old fashioned and hit me with a Zimmer Frame but doesn't that sound much more like a Kangaroo to you??

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  19. Hallo, Can we care them as pet

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  20. Hi Alden
    the sight of kangaroos has brought out the old poems and songs...

    Yes they do market kanga meat... I haven't tried it ...
    What is a wapiti - I agree it certainly sounds more bouncing and worthy of a kanga.
    and as for kanga meringue....

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  21. Hello iwed,
    welcome to queensland,

    No you can't have one as a pet however people do care for joeys whose mothers have been run over on the roads, and eventually they are released into the wild again.
    Happy days

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  22. A Wapiti is a North American Deer,Cervus canadensis /woppiti/n (pl. wapitis) [Cree - wapitik / white deer ] ----- jeeezz I am very surprised that you didn't know that Delwyn.

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  23. Delwyn, Skippy was one of the first melodies I ever played on the piano. With one hand and aged 6 (I believe) :-).

    Greetings from London.

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  24. Mr Cuban,
    that is sweet, I am trying to picture you...

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  25. Alden,
    I do have my limitations Mr School teacher!
    But I love it when you get bossy...

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  26. I know they are pests and dangerous, and areas are being trampled and overrun with them... but, they are great fun to see bounding across the field. And aren't most animals "cute" when they stand up on hind legs and look at you?!

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  27. Violet,
    actually they are shy and retiring animals. And they keep to grassy areas around the towns. I imagine they can cause damage on farmlands I'll look into that. They did the staring thing very well.

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  28. Violet - I had a quick read and they can do damage competing for grazing land in some areas but it appears minimal compared to the rabbit.

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  29. Now that daylight saving has finished ...'roos are a constant problem for me coming home from work...
    I would see half a dozen most evenings as I drive home ON the road.

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  30. Sarahlulu,
    you take care of yourself with those wayward big roos, have you got a roo bar?

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