Zenfolio | Barry Schellenberg Astrophotos | Australia Kangaroos

Created 4-Sep-11
Modified 5-Sep-11
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Most of the Kangaroo photos in this folder were taken in the wildnerness of Australia. Many were taken on a golf course in Mareba where the Kangaroos outnumber the golfers by about 100 to 1. It was a spectacular place to visit and take photos.


We came across a very interesting sight while walking around. There were two Kangaroos who were fighting or what is refered to as boxing, which we were told later this had been seen but rarely photographed.

Reference of the behaviour as described on Wikipedia:
Fighting has been described in all species of kangaroo. Fights between kangaroos can be brief or long and ritualised. In highly competitive situations such as males fighting for access to oestrous females or at limited drinking spots, the fights are brief. Both sexes will fight for drinking spots, but long ritualised fighting or "boxing" is largely done by males. Smaller males fight more often near females in estrus while the large males in consorts do not seem to get involved. Ritualised fights can arise suddenly when males are grazing together. However, most fights are preceded by two males scratching and grooming each other. One or both of them will adopt a high standing posture, with one male issuing a challenge by grasping the other male’s neck with its forepaw. Sometimes the challenge will be declined. Large males often reject challenges by smaller males. During fighting, the combatants adopt a high standing posture and paw at each other's heads, shoulders and chests. They will also lock forearms and wrestle and push each other as well balance on their tails to kick each other in the abdomens. Brief fights are similar except there is no forearm locking. The losing combatant seems to utilise kicking more often, perhaps to parry the thrusts of the eventual winner. Winners are decided when a kangaroo breaks off the fight and retreats. Winners of fights are able to push their opponents backwards or down to the ground. They also seem to grasp their opponents when they break contact and push them away. The initiators of the fights are usually the winners. These fights may serve to establish dominance hierarchies among males as winners of fights have been seen to displace their opponent from resting sites later in the day. Dominant males may also pull grass to intimidate subordinates.

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Wow! I have never seen such great pictures of these incredible creatures!
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