Monday, January 12, 2009

Wildlife charms: wild life harms

Agile Wallabies (Macropus agilis) often adopt poses sure to bring a smile to most watchers. There's no intention on their part to amuse. The heads-up quizzicality usually denotes uncertainty and general wariness. Yet such knowledge cannot stop a grin every time I see two such as those above, pictured near Tyto's first lagoon a few mornings ago. Equally charming is the natural 'grin' of a wallaby as (below) its mouth opens while chewing.
But no wallaby would today have been looking so photogenic. On the edge of the weakening Cyclone Charlotte, Tyto has copped a day of downpour and gusts with the probability of another night and day or two of the same.

I have a new false roof on my caravan and so can sit comfortably dry writing about the charms of wallabies. They, however, must find such shelter as drenched flooded grass and woodland offers. No agility exists that can escape the truth of life in the wild.  


Denis Wilson said...

Quite right, Tony.

There's no escaping the truth of such heavy rain, (for the Wallabies) - unless they read your blog, and crawl inside your shelter.

Lovely images.
Nice story.


mick said...

Lovely photos and I love the expressions! Hope you haven't washed away in all that rain.

Tyto Tony said...

Gidday Denis,

Not a lot of shelter to crawl into overnight. Wind all night matched our brush at the edge of Cyclone Larry.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Mick. Rain eased off but wind maintained gusty strength all night and continues as I post. North of Ingham cut off (as usual) at foot of Cardwell Range and some minor local flooding and tree damage.

Andy said...

Love that photo of the wallaby eating grass.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Andy. There's no doubt about it grinners are winners.

Boobook said...

Lovely photos Tony. Nice to see something that makes me smile.

Tyto Tony said...

Makes me happy to learn I've made people happy. Thank you, Boobook.

Duncan said...

Love that first one Tony, brought a smile to my face too.

Tyto Tony said...

After another day of rain and wind and a car that only got to town on back of tow truck I'm asking wallabies to work their magic on me all over again. :-(

Last straw too much for Double-barred Finch

Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.