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© Christopher J Chalk
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This and other images of Kangaroos roam freely where I often stay at Halls Gap, a National Park some 45 minutes from my home town. The following information is brief facts about our native wildlife marsupial mammal. It is a macropod which means “big foot”.

When European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked a native Australian (aboriginal) what they were called. He replied “kangaroo” meaning “I don’t understand your question”. The explorers thought this was the animal’s name and that’s how the kangaroo got its name…….LOL

A male kangaroo is called a boomer

A female kangaroo is called a flyer

A baby kangaroo is called a joey

I photographed this Joey at the door of my caravan at about 11pm. It was at the peak of our drought and hundreds of Kangaroos were feeding off scrap left behind by campers and those who chose to hand feed them, like I enjoy doing!

Since the drought has broken many of the Kangaroos have returned to the bush but many remain in the parks too; as they have acquainted themselves with humans and have nothing to fear about their safety.

*Canon EOS “KISS” D/SLR Camera

1/60, F/4, 26mm, ISO 400

24 responses

  • Rosa Maria Villani

    Rosa Maria Villani gave props (25 Jun 2011):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    I loved your story about how kangeroos got their name...What a sweet picture of the Joey.

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Love this!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    What a great shot!!! This little one is so so cute!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Oh sweet, what a wonderful entry, !

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    Yes, very sweet entry.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    beautiful shot...great info, I learned a lot!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (25 Jun 2011):

    They have the softest eyes, Chris. Perfect for the theme.....for they are an ancient animal and their lineage goes way back in time.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    super capture!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Awwww.....what a sweet face on this little guy! Terrific shot and entry.

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Great shot, Chris. I love all your information, too. I knew about the joey, but didn't know about the boomer and flyer designations.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Don't take a "flyer" on everyone you meet, Chalky! Nice pic and fascinating story!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Thanks for all the information Chris, and what a lovely capture of your Joey friend!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    love it!!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    AWW! how precious....... great entry Christopher..

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    what a cutie ! neat entry chris.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (28 Jun 2011):

    Oh how cute!!! Excellent story about the kangaroo : )

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    I love him. I want one! He would love the woods. He could live with us. I would add a room on for him in the winter months. Drzl would get used to him. He would have great freedom in our woods. I really, really LOVE this portrait of the little Joey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (30 Jun 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most soulfully).

  • Tori Lindo

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  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (1 Jul 2011):

    I was just watching the old "Winnie the Pooh" classics yesterday. Kanga and little Roo were two of Pooh and Christopher Robin's best friends. A perfect image as a perfect reminder of those wonderfully classic stories. R

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    Such a sweet and expressive face. Thanks so much for the info. Got a major kick over how the kangaroo got its name:)

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (3 Jul 2011):

    lovely capture, chris -- and love the info in the backstory

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (25 Jul 2011):

    Beautiful portrait.

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