Monday, 12 August 2013

Rock Hoppers - of a sort.

I think I could forward a decent argument for kangaroos being just about the most remarkable animals on Earth (with the Platypus being the best other contender).  They are just so strange, but yet so wonderful at the time.

These are not kangaroos in the strict sense but are in fact Black Footed Rock Wallabies (Petrogale laterals).  Now, the difference between a kangaroo and a wallaby are basically down to size - wallabies are smaller - but also some specific details of their teeth.

The little animals are just over 1/2 a metre long, with a tail of a similar length.  But what makes them remarkable to watch is the way the bounce around rocky slopes and cliff faces with the same confidence I walk along a pavement.  They also move a hell of a lot quicker than I do on the flat!

These animals were chasing, fighting and generally eating a bit of grass on the rocky slopes at Simpsons Gap in the Northern Territory.  They put on a good show for one and all.

So why "my world" - because, with very few natural exceptions, if you are looking at a wild animal that looks like this you can only be in one place in the world - Australia.







You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Enjoy the pictures.


32 comments:

David said...

You have an amazing assortment of odd animals down there!
I will have to be satisfied with the squirrels and chipmunks in my garden...and the birds.
Dave

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart This Wallaby is beautifully marked. Great shots.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Wonderful photos of these cute hoppers. The strange critters we have here are all walking around on two feet.

Marcia said...

You got some nice shots of that one. I never really thought about their habitat. I sure didn't know it was among the rocks.

Babs Helferich said...

sweet :)
great captured
greetings Babs

stiefbeen said...

wat is dit mooi om te zien geweldig de foto,s en de mooie uitleg.

TexWisGirl said...

just fabulous - and so stinking cute!

Karen said...

Terrific shots! Cute little guys.

sylvia kirkwood said...

What terrific captures, Stewart, and what adorable little buggers they are!! Delightful! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great week!

Digi-Irma said...

Great images of this Walibi, Stewart.
They are very sharp and with lots of details.

Greetings Irma

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

So now I know the difference between the two.

maryaustria said...

The wallaby looks so cute! Wonderful shots of this little beauty!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wonderful wallabies and it definitely has to be YOUR world! And what a beautiful one it is.

Fun60 said...

I was fascinated by these when I saw them on Magnetic island. someone had told me where to see the rock wallabies but I had no idea what kind of creature they were talking about until they appeared. You've captured them really well.

amanda | wildly simple said...

I feel that your part of the world has a monopoly on a number of the most remarkable animals on Earth. :)
Love the kangaroos - and the thought of them hopping about on rocky cliffs made me wonder how that ankle is mending for you!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, your wallaby is cool. I would love to see them in the wild myself. I can not imagine them hopping around the cliffs and rocks. Great shots!

Mary Gerdt said...

Such a special creature! Thanks for posting...sending links around.Mary

Cynthia said...

The animals of Australia are fascinating. I would love to see them in person someday, but this is the next best thing,

Chris Rohrer said...

Really cool shots!!! Very exciting find you have here. Love this stuff!

Barbara/myth maker said...

These are great shots. What a treat to see a Wallaby, I've never seen one before. LOve the one of him eating the grass.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of these amazing animals. I love the way they blend into the background.

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!

Gary Phillips said...

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

Terri said...

Nice captures Stewart- and so interesting. I'll never get to see one in person, so thanks for sharing!

Phil said...

They are very attractive animals Stewart. A very nice selection of pictures too.

HansHB said...

A great serie of photos!

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful images Stewart...amazing animals to see.

Timur said...

Hi Stewart...

what can i say ?!!? Nothing because i´am speechles...

Absolut fantastic shot´s !!!

Greetings from Germany

Christian Perrin said...

Wow - I imagine that these guys would be very hard to find in the wild, let alone photograph! Great stuff!

Ekaterina Trayt said...

You're right - they are really interesting! Such cute animals.

DIMI said...

Oh Stewart!!!How much i love kangaroos!!!I remember Skipy on tv!!
Exeelent shots!!!
Dimi...

Pat Tillett said...

That is so true! That is the beauty of animals being isolated and evolving on their own. These animals are so fantastic! Great photos of them also Stewart.