Monday, May 16, 2011

My world Tuesday – Marsupials.

Many of the photographs I have added to this blog could have been taken anywhere – but not these. These are all images of marsupials – and as people probably know Australia is marsupial central. So here are some images.
First are two images of Tasmanian Devils, sadly these were taken at a wildlife sanctuary because they are becoming increasingly rare in the wild. A form of cancer is killing the animal in the wild, and there is a good chance that it will become extinct. If that happens we will have lost the world’s largest remaining marsupial carnivore.





























Next we have a Common Wombat – these are common in some places, and in national parks can be a bit of a pain if you are camping – not as painful as a bear, but they still steal your food! Wombats are the largest hole dwelling herbivores in the world!













The animal on the wire is a Ringtail Possum. This is a common urban animal, and we it decides to live in your roof it becomes the world’s most annoying animal, and can make more noise than you would have thought possible.















Last but by no means least we have some Kangaroos – these are Eastern Grey Kangaroos feeding on a sports oval in The Grampians. Up to 35 of these animals gather there to feed in the evenings and generally put on a good show for the tourists!


















You can find more images of great places here or you can click on the My World Tuesday link on the RHS of the screen. You can also see at my most recent posts on my other blog by clicking on the "Paying Ready Attention" Link on the RHS of the screen.

10 comments:

texwisgirl said...

all of those animals not seen here, so they were a real treat to see from your camera lens! :)

EG Wow said...

I've heard of Tasmanian devils before but I think this is the first time I've seen one! Wombats are also new to me but possums we have. :)

jo©o said...

What a collection, Stewart.
Sad news about their state of health.
Makes one wonder why and how.

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post and terrific captures, Stewart! Wonderful animals! I, too, think it's very sad about the problems with cancer! I would hate to think of all of these just disappearing! Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, very sad about the cancer. I'm assuming you meant "world's largest marsupial carnivore" because the world's largest carnivore is the Polar Bear, also facing extinction due to the melting of the polar ice cap.
I love your wombat photo, but that last picture, of the kangaroo munching grass, is just the cutest thing!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Gary said...

Great post, Stewart. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jedediah said...

A great collection of unique animals. I hope that the Tasmanian devil can be rescued (and koalas, my favourite animals, who are dying in huge numbers from chlamydia)

ladyfi said...

An adorable collection of critters!

NatureFootstep said...

at first I was confused, did not know the word Marsupials. But after reading a bit I understood. :) Yes, they all live in Australia. An interesting spieces of animals.

Sivinden said...

Nice pictures, interesting reading - something to learn:)