Australia day, Skippy & Rabbit.
Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788, the hoisting of the British flag there, and the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia. Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia. Australia Day is seen as controversial by some Australians, who see it as a celebration of the destruction of Indigenous culture by British colonialism. There have been significant protests from and on behalf of the Indigenous Australian community, proposals to change the date of Australia Day have been made.
The Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) is a marsupial found in southern and eastern Australia, with a population of several million. It is also known as the Great Grey Kangaroo. Although a big Eastern Grey male typically masses around 66 kg (weight 145 lb.) and stands almost 2 m (6 ft.) tall, the scientific name, Macropus giganteus (gigantic large-foot), is misleading, as the Red Kangaroo of the semi-arid inland is, at 85 kg, larger.
In 1788, the colony of New South Wales was founded. Rabbits were amongst the first European arrivals to Australia, travelling by ship from England with the First Fleet.
Meanwhile, on the eastern side of the continent, twenty four rabbits were imported from England by Mr Thomas Austin in 1859. These rabbits were not for food, but sport. Austin had arrived in the colony of Victoria and wished to continue his practise of hunting. He released the rabbits on his property near Geelong. For the next few years, Austin and other landowners enjoyed their pastime of rabbit-hunting. They released rabbits on other properties in Victoria and NSW and even asked for legislation to protect rabbits!
In 1896, Arthur Gregory Mason reported that rabbits were at least two hundred miles past the South Australian border and inside Western Australia at the town of Eucla. His recommendation to the government was to build a rabbit proof fence. In December 1901 the construction of this fence had begun.
Seven years of hard work followed, but even before completion, the rabbits were past the fence and work had begun on Fences No.2 and 3. By 1908 the three fences were complete, stretching 2021 miles (3 253 km).
Taken in the company of Bill (Trekks)
Australia Day è la giornata nazionale dell'Australia. Celebrata il 26 gennaio, il giorno commemora l'arrivo della Prima Flotta a Sydney Cove nel 1788, l'innalzamento della bandiera britannica lì, e la proclamazione della sovranità britannica sulla costa orientale dell'Australia. Australia Day è un giorno festivo in ogni stato e territorio dell'Australia. Australia Day è un puo controversiale da alcuni australiani, che lo vedono come una celebrazione della distruzione della cultura indigena dal colonialismo britannico. Per questo motivo ci sono state proteste significative e la proposta per modificare la data di Australia Day sono state fatte.
La Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) Canguro Grigio è un marsupiale che si trova nel sud e nella Australia orientale, con popolazione di parecchi milioni. E 'conosciuto anche come il Grande Canguro Grigio,anche se in genere un maschio pesa circa 66 kg e i quasi 2 m di altezza, il nome scientifico, Macropus giganteus (gigantesco piede grande), è un può fuorviante, perche il canguro rosso, trovato nel entroterra è, a 85 kg, più grande.
Nel 1788, la colonia del Nuovo Galles del Sud è stata fondata. Conigli sono stati tra i primi dei Europei arrivati in Australia, arrivando con la Prima Flotta.
Nel frattempo, sul orientale del continente, venti quattro conigli sono stati importati dall'Inghilterra dal signor Thomas Austin nel 1859. Questi conigli non erano per mangiare, ma per la caccia. Austin era arrivato nella colonia di Victoria e voleva continuare la sua pratica di caccia. Ha liberato i conigli sulla sua proprietà vicino a Geelong. Per i prossimi anni, Austin e altri proprietari di cui godono i loro passatempo di caccia al coniglio. Hanno liberato conigli su altre proprietà di Victoria e NSW e anche chiesto per la legislazione per proteggere i conigli!
Nel 1896, Arthur Gregory Mason ha riferito che i conigli sono stati almeno duecento miglia oltre il confine del South Australia e Western Australia all'interno nella città di Eucla. La sua raccomandazione al governo era quella di costruire un recinto, per tenerli fuori della West Australia. Nel dicembre 1901 la costruzione di questo ricinto ha cominciato.
Sette anni di lavoro difficoltoso hanno seguito, ma anche prima del completamento, i conigli erano già oltre il recinto e il lavoro ha iniziato per la seconda e terza. Nel 1908 i tre recinti erano completi, in totale 2.021 miglia (3 253 km) di lunghezza.
In compagnia di Bill (Trekks)
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smarcell (19965) 2010-01-25 23:03
verynice scene, with the rabbit that is a special bonus.
trekks (14348) 2010-01-25 23:23
Yes, I remember this Sunday morning when we drove up in very short time to Kinglake and on the way, this Kangaroo stop because you knew i wanted to meet Skippy. But I also remember it was 27th Sept, after which we had a BBQ party at Warrandyte State Park with few other TE members of Australia, myself being the odd one from Borneo.
Very stylish informative note that tells me more about you and the country. I wish you pleasant Australia Day. This photo is of course a great meaningful for me to remember the time when I was joined by great company. I felt like the little head popping out of the pocket in this scene, making a maiden visit to a big country and yet looking only at a small part of it.
I believe this moment is made more interesting because of the blur leg in the rabbit showing motion and co-existence with the Skippy. Thank you for posting this and I know, Santo, what is in your mind when you picked this photo and uploaded it. I thank you for that.
It was great talking to you on the day before Australia Day, because you sounded more assertive and confidence and ready to trek the world. At least my ear told me that reception of the call here at Mt Singai. Take care, my dear friend.
The Borneo jungle beckons for its Italian flavor.
macondo (19780) 2010-01-25 23:56
Well, Santo, that is amazing - not just a kangaroo, but a rabbit bouncing into the scene. Or is it leaving in a hurry? I suppose there are so many of them that they're bound to get into one's photos sooner or later. The shot of the roo and joey is superb, so clear and sharp, with nicely blurred background. Good choice for Aust. Day, and great note about the roos and rabbit fence.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2010-01-26 0:32
Excellent picture! The moment you got here is lovely!
Longroute (19396) 2010-01-26 0:49
Tre piccioni con una fava!
La mamma camguro, il piccolino e il coniglio!
Ma mi viene un sospetto a giudicare dal titolo: skippy in australiano vuol dire canguro? perchè salta? Io credevo fosse il diminutivo di skipper! (:-)
Una bella foto che inquadra bene in un piccolo spazio queste creature simbolo dell'Australia. Mi sembra che se ne trovano ancora molti no?
PixelTerror (0) 2010-01-26 1:54
and Happy Australia Day to you !
Nice cliche picture of Oz, the small head poping out is a very nice detail, not sure the rabbit brings much though, in my view would have been better to frame more to the left
Have a nice day jY
swiatopelk777 (0) 2010-01-26 4:53
Family snapshot. Superb scene. Excelent scenery. Nice light and colors. Good frame.
Greetings from Warszawa!
francio64 (39888) 2010-01-26 12:08
bellissima foto di questo canguro gigante.
Non è il mio Koala, però è molto bello.
Anche la sua espressione è bella e particolare.
Mi sento un nano al suo confronto :))
jaywalker (16105) 2010-01-26 12:55
Hi Santo, A truly wonderful photo & perfectly framed, the DOF is excellent & great timing with the Roo looking right at the camera, I love the little one in the pouch, kind regards Wilson.
SteveH (6405) 2010-01-26 13:50
Hi Santo, a kangaroo with a joey AND a rabbit bouncing around - how's that for complete! Very sharp details on the roo and you got her in a good pose too. cheers, Steve
bisok (948) 2010-01-26 18:41
You're right; I'm talking about information included
in your Photographer's Note.
This day is important for Australia
and these animals are important for Australia as well.
If we think about Australia, very often these animals come to our minds.
I have a kangaroo's picture in my collection too (
http://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=1109906 ) but unfortunatelly I connected it with a different word - with a 'misunderstanding' :-)
Yes, there is a rabbit there. But, let's leave this small animal. Focus our attention on this big ones.
I wanted to say that you forgot to mention about two matters :-)
- there are many shops in Australia, selling kangaroo's meat (just kangaroo's meat),
- the kangaroo's meat is the healthiest meat among the others selling in Australia's butchers' shops.
All in all, apart from that I'm almost a vegeterian :-) and apart from that the kangaroo's meat is one of the healthiest meat in the world, I couldn't eat such beautiful animals like above (on your photograph) :-(
I prefer 'vegetables' like kangaroos :-)))
delpeoples (59434) 2010-01-26 21:34
Ciao Caro Santo, and a happy Australia Day to you, hopefully you enjoyed it with a BBQ and some cold beer. Well, you really have hit a winner here - the roo, the joey and even a bl**dy rabbit on the hop! I'm sure Franesco would have wished for a koala instead of a rabbit, but you can't have everything! The roo is beautifully captured, so sharp, every whisker and bit of fur accounted for and I like the blur of the bunny's hindlegs. It would make a great Aussie Easter card too! TFS and have a great day, Lisa
siamesa (28123) 2010-01-26 22:06
Nothing more appropriated than this picture to make allusion for this day.Excellent registration and a nice photo.
alftrek (3270) 2010-01-27 1:23
This tall creature has a rather menacing look at the photographer who were presumably ducked down to get this appropriate POV which makes the roo to appear even taller. It is kind of scary to see her sharp claws which could inflict serious injury. I wonder if anyone has been assaulted by one of these.
The rabbit seems to be walking on two legs, a great additional element of interest for this photo.
Regards and best wishes,
ps. I have not been able to retrieve your last couple of TE forum messages for some reason. I blame it on their new format.
ktanska (28729) 2010-01-27 3:53
Wonderful Aussie scene with original inhabitants in the forground and later introduced rabbit entering the view in background. Bigger kangaroo is quite alert while the small on seems to mind own business.
Cool harmonous grey and green colors.
Fencing the rabbits? A classic mission destined to fail!
Cricri (123740) 2010-01-27 4:27
OH quel jolie scène et quel magnifique portrait de maman Kangourou et de son bébé dans sa poche, j'aurai aimée être là , vraiment très belle image
worldcitizen (9178) 2010-01-27 14:54
This is a great capture of Australian wildlife. I really like the way the mother kangaroo is looking at the camera, although she seems to be thinking about coming after you if you get too close! Having a baby roo and a rabbit in the frame are an added bonus. :-)
Clementi (52514) 2010-01-28 1:29
che colpo!!! una scena bellissima che hai avuto la fortuna di vedere di persona, grazie per farcela vedere anche a noi.
bracasha75 (24591) 2010-01-28 10:28
I have watch "live" firework in Melbourne for Australia day and i see now one Veeeeeeeeery Australian picture dedicatet for this day.
Happy Australia day with bit late.
lousat (95902) 2010-01-28 16:46
Ciao Santo,non c'era niente di meglio per festeggiare questo giorno,uno dei simboli australiano catturato alla perfezione con in piu' il coniglietto che salta...bellissima idea e realizzazione,buona giornata,Luciano
siam2005 (1566) 2010-01-29 0:46
bellissima immagine, un simbolo dell'Australia.
Fantastica la composizione che mamma ganguro, il suo cucciolo e il piccolo leprotto catturato con un tempismo incredibile che dona un bel movimento allo scatto.
Molto bella, di grande effetto!
Silvio1953 (150289) 2010-01-29 4:24
Ciao Santo, bellissimo gruppo di famiglia con il cucciolo dentro il marsupio, il coniglio che sasltella dietro è una chicca, in questa foto ci hai messo tutta l'Australia, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
pablominto (53746) 2010-01-29 22:32
This is an amazing scene, where you manage to combine two national icons for the celebration of Australia Day!
The pose of the kangaroo shows the animal is a seasoned model, with the little one popping up from its apartment hehehe...
A well worthy celebrating image - my congratulations!!
holmertz (57389) 2010-01-30 2:31
A great capture of locals and a migrant, accompanied by an interesting note. My only objection is the description of "hunting" as "sport".
s_lush (16600) 2010-02-13 11:45
This image is a good illustration of the interesting and comprehensive story about Australian history and fauna. The two species in the picture are the most recognizable symbols of Australia. The moment, composition and quality are excellent.
Atousa (7131) 2010-02-14 2:29
Very nice shot of the Skippy as one of the Australian symbols n the running rabbit which tries to show off.. the framing is great n also the pose of the main character.. very well seen n captured.. fantastic decisive moment.. congratulations.
Best regards, Atousa
- Copyright: santo girotto (skippy007) (12510)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-09-26
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-200 f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom, 72mm UV Filter
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Great animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-25 22:11