The grey kangaroo, sometimes known as the great grey, is one of the best-known of all kangaroo species, along with the similar-sized red kangaroo. Its closest relative is the western grey kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus). In total there are 55 species of kangaroo, wallaby & wallaroo belonging to the family Macropodidae (from a Greek word meaning 'big feet'). They are all similar animals but differ in size & build, from the large red and grey kangaroos to the rabbit-sized rat kangaroos. In general, a wallaby is simply a small species of kangaroo, having hind-feet measuring less than 25cm.
In the breeding season, usually spring and early summer, rival male kangaroos rear up on their hind legs and box to compete for a female. The joey (baby) is born after a gestation of 29 - 38 days. The grey kangaroo is a marsupial mammal, which means that the baby does not develop attached to a placenta inside the mother's uterus, but is born early and spends most of its development inside a pouch. When ready to give birth, the female leaves her mob, finds somewhere quiet and licks her pouch and birth canal clean. The tiny joey, pink and naked, measuring only 2.5cm in length and weighing 1g, is born headfirst and grasps its mother's fur with the claws on its forefeet. The mother offers no help at all. In about 3 minutes, it has dragged itself up to the pouch, entered it and clamped tightly to one of the four teats, which swells in the mouth.
The joey spends 300 days or more inside the pouch, growing very slowly for the first 3 months. After 15 weeks, faster growth begins when the mother's milk increases its fat and protein content. The joey continues to suckle for another 6 months after leaving the pouch; it can run about and jump easily in and out of the pouch.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was a popular Australian television series for children produced from 1966 to 1968.
The star of the show was Skippy, a female Eastern Grey Kangaroo.
This Shot was taken At Bundoora a suburb of Melbourne and only appox. 18 KM from the Central Business District.
The Kangaroo on the right is carrying her Joey and have included her in a WS version, not as sharp as I would have liked but you 'll get the picture.
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robertosalguero (288) 2008-06-26 1:19
Interesting image and note. The kangaroos look great in the wild. Your image is well composed, with properly saturated colours and details. I imagine they are very strong animals but they look so cute. Thanks Santo.
pcp (3396) 2008-06-26 1:46
Very useful note with lovely image. Beautiful composition and colors in this image :) twice i saw kangaroo's . well done.
marion44 (9) 2008-06-26 2:52
Hi Santo !
Hey ! You did it with the title !!! ;) Funny :D
I love the colors, all in harmony between the kangaroos, soil and trees. Looks so australian to me ! Great one :D
Have a good night !
wolf38 (31296) 2008-06-26 3:41
Hello santo. A beautiful and photo worth seeing and an informative text. Red and green colors dominate. The Kängerus seems to know that they are photographed, - they show up from the most beautiful side. A good shot. Best regards, Wolfgang.
PaulVDV (30803) 2008-06-26 3:44
I see 5 kangaroos on the picture. The 6th is carried by its mother and you're number 7. That's a very beautiful family.
I like the picture because it shows kangaroos in a nature environment amid green vegetation and with the red earth (as I imagine some parts of Australia are).
siamesa (28123) 2008-06-26 5:02
Very important information about the kangaroos.Your picture is excellent showing these animals in their natural habitat. Congratulations and TFS.
Kielia (24077) 2008-06-26 11:38
very interesting note and an amazing impression of wildlife in Australia. I appreciate this very much. Great management of the light!
and best regards
from the other end of this wonderful world.
toto (0) 2008-06-26 14:48
belle photo de ces cangouroux dans cette nature superbe.
Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté de l' ensemble et très bon détails sur l' environnement de ces bètes.
trekks (14348) 2008-06-26 17:26
Very informative note to read about kangaroo, while reading it, my mind pops up with Rolf Harris' song called Tie Me Down Kangaroo Sport and listening to it when I was young. Perhaps people flying Quantas will notice the kangaroo symbol in its logo.
Now I roughly can connect about skippy007. And I have seen some tv education series where kangaroo is used as the mascot to catch children attention.
I have not seen skippy in real and not sure if they are camera shy, but your capture of 5 of them here suggest that you are not able to get too close to them? Nicely composed with FG color of flat ground to the soft tone trees behind. This setting somehow gives a feeling that they seem more at home here in this habitat without artificial obstruction in the shot. I like your presentation.
gunbud (34066) 2008-06-26 21:29
Your name sakes appear alert and ready to bolt if danger appears.
Great colors to this lovely nature shot. Love the background trees.
ktanska (28437) 2008-06-27 0:19
Charming shot of a group of kangaroos on their natural environment. I like the warm red and green colourscape on this one.
bobocortis (16026) 2008-06-27 6:22
This shot seems like a painting.
I like the warm paints and the good contrast you gave.
macondo (19766) 2008-06-27 7:51
Wonderful nature shot, so close to Melbourne. Beautiful earthy colour tones and a certain appealing luminosity. The trees behind look for all the world like a painting, beautiful. I imagine you had to do a bit of PP work to get the roos to stand out against the soil. Anyway, the result is excellent. You can clearly see that big lump of a joey hanging down from the mother roo. Well done.
gracious (20025) 2008-06-27 9:58
Many thanks for sharing such a big group of grey Kangaroos in their natural environment!
best pov with wonderful colouration, good sharpness and absolute details from far!
a great job well done
have a great weekend, Santo!
edal (6804) 2008-06-27 10:48
It's a very unusual landscape with these kangaroos in front. I see autumn has already colored the vegetation - it's so beautiful!
pablominto (53746) 2008-06-27 12:01
Of course we remember Skippy!!
Even here on the other side of the globe the clever kangaroo made an impression, hehehe...
And they are amazing animals in real life too, here very well depicted with super details!
jusninasirun (17162) 2008-06-27 20:12
Hello santo. Beautiful capture which is unique to your country. The vegitation looks different than Malaysia. The bright light exposed the kangarooes well in sharp details. thanks for sharing and best regards. Jusni
SteveH (6371) 2008-06-27 20:27
Hi Santo, Great shot of these iconic animals, what time of day did you take it, the colours look redish, as though it was late afternoon, or early morning, and whereabouts is this - I can see I'll have to make a trip out there sometime. Did you do some PP to the BG, it looks as though it may have been blurred a bit, giving it an attractive, soft, almost painted (ala Fred McCubbin) look. So many questions. cheers, Steve
alftrek (3270) 2008-06-27 23:24
Believe it or not, when I first I saw this I thought it is an oil painting by a famous artist. Perhaps it is due to the fog among the gum trees which makes it look really soft and appealing. The composition is undoubtly superb with all the 5 kangaroos posed differently in the foreground, under the warm sunlight which also brightens up patches of the grass.
Your note is extremely informative, you surely knows a lot about the kangaroos which most Australian would not know.
jhm (156632) 2008-06-28 0:34
What nice with Skippy as wonderful subject.
I like the position of this animals, also the colours and composition of the totally image make this attractive.
Thank your very much for your excellent note, I learn every day on TE.
very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bakes888 (18499) 2008-06-28 2:10
Hi Santo. That TV show played here when I was a kid, must have been repeats ;-). Great photo. good colours and sharpness. I love the backdrop of gum trees, they look almost like a watercolour painting. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good weekend, Paul.
Silvio1953 (148639) 2008-06-28 6:13
Ciao Skippy, great composition with a lot of kangaroos, fantastic colors and splendid light, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Clementi (52514) 2008-06-29 1:01
interessante immagine e interessante note,
quando si dice austalia si pensa sempre ai canguri,
bellissimo questo gruppo e bella la natura intorno con dei bei colori e una bella luce.
buon week end
dumbo (4541) 2008-06-29 1:59
Good photo of these beautiful and unique animals. I like that forest on the background and the great colors of this photo.
feather (51130) 2008-06-29 3:51
Interesting post. I had no idea there were so many varieties of kangaroo. You have captured this little group very well. The hazy background creates a wonderful atmosphere. I remember the programme Skippy very well as it was shown in the UK too.
pboehringer (770) 2008-06-29 15:37
... and 40 years later Skippy is still jumping around! Now in TE with his kangaroo shots. Weird animal for my perception and your note just contributes a lot for that feeling. I guess that at least once in my life time I will have to go to Australia to see that with my own eyes and overcome that feeling of weirdness.
How shy are they? What was your focal lenght at this moment? How near can you get before they start jumping away?
Atousa (7131) 2008-06-29 20:17
For me the Kangaroo is a sign of Australia and I liked it from my childhood n when I was watching Skippy (TV serial)..your shot n note reminded me of that..its good to see these beautiful animals living freely , near the city..very nice capture..tfs
All the best, Atousa
agustos07 (973) 2008-06-30 1:29
This is a very great capture, excellent pov and colors. I loved those kangaroos!
jlbrthnn (76039) 2008-06-30 3:19
It is an emblematic image of Australia. This continent is attractive because of its very particular fauna. One of my first cousins has resided at Perth for approximately 35 years, I hope to benefit from it one day. Beautiful and very interesting work and text. Cheer.
Have a nice day
paura (47186) 2008-06-30 5:49
Beleza de trabalho PP, resultando em um efeito de controle de iluminação muito bom. Lindo trabalho.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2008-06-30 11:31
For sure, probably, my "image" of Australia with the kangaroos running...excellent.
The typical view I wish to take if I visit that country!
jaywalker (16105) 2008-06-30 15:23
Hi Santo, A great shot Skippy of all these Skippy’s, I love the backdrop it really helps the photo, all over a wonderful nature picture, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
Felip (3907) 2008-07-01 12:36
I remember that, when I was a child, there was a TV series of a kangaroo, titled Skippy, and I have found nice this picture possibly for those childood memories...Thanks for that, pal!
Miha2ou7 (5162) 2008-07-04 13:54
Har har, a great "snap" of the kangaroo`s. I think it`s a animal that rightly "belongs" to the Australians, since you guys are so eccentric and so on (just speaking from experiences..) :)
Anyway, a very good picture.
adores (46079) 2008-07-04 16:17
This is really Australia:)! I like the composition, the kangaroo is a nice animal. Very well famed, with good light and colours.
zeca (19762) 2008-07-04 20:50
Very nice composition, Santo. The trees at background looks like painted!
marcan44 (6315) 2008-07-13 13:19
ben trovato e grazie di avere postato finalmente l'Australia che conosciamo tutti: i canguri.
Molto bella nota:
Skippy sarà il canguro più famoso della TV Australiana, ma senz'altro tu Skippy sei l'Australiano più famoso di TreK Earth.
P.S. Ho fatto un reportage sulla nave da crociera più grande del mondo la "Independence of the seas".
Se hai tempo vai a vedere le foto.
giorgimer (34941) 2009-01-27 15:31
a very interesting natural post. Beautiful capture with interesting note.
bracasha75 (24589) 2010-01-23 20:15
Pure Australia and nowhere else is this scene visable on earth
Lovely picture of wild life "down under"