Aussie Picnics~

Are definitely the best.

The most interesting folks stop by.

Whats for lunch?

It’s an awkward question for me because I hadn’t planned on wallabies stopping by.

The good news is, they aren’t picky guests!

Cheers to you from Australia’s friendly wallabies~

201 thoughts on “Aussie Picnics~

      1. Hi Cindy, the comment on the ear bits missing intrigued me so I went for hunt and the only thing I could find was that they do get a fungal disease around the ears ( Swamp Wallaby Ear Disease ) that can be enough to have ‘bits’ missing. It was only found in 2017 so not much information is around on it.

        1. Thank you! You solved the mystery. I also researched but couldn’t find anything so your link is much appreciated. Poor wallabies. It sounds like a terrible parasite and the drought probably made their immune systems weaker and thus more vulnerable.

          1. True, a lot of the animals have gone through so much down here. But thankfully it has rained over a lot of the fire grounds and should begin to re-heal nature in all its forms 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋 🦘 🐬 🐳 🌺 🌹 🌈

  1. Friendly folk for a luncheon Cindy. It is a very comfortable energy to be among them and they accept your presence like that, makes you feel a part of nature not separate 😀 🦘

    1. Wallabies are marsupials like kangaroos but they are much smaller. They also have a more colorful coat. Kangaroos are more beige in color. Both are wonderful creatures and seeing them is a treat <3

      1. My dad was from Melbourne, and we still have a lot of rellies there. We go over quite often. In fact, we will be there in August. hopefully we see some wallabies and roos while we are there too. My Aunt’s husband sold 700+ acres of land to Yarrambat. On the golf course there, there are hundreds of roos, just hanging out, watching all the golfers stroll by. My husband got to play with quite a few of them on the course one time.

  2. You probably find the drought and lack of green grass sends the native animals closer to urban or tourist areas too.

    Never pat a wallaby, kangaroo or other such animals as they have a habit of smelling (eating?) animal droppings and you never know what lice/fleas/ticks are on them 🙂

    1. I saw the ticks on their ears. Petting wild animals of any sort is a really bad idea for the animal and the human. I remember seeing someone pick up a three toed sloth in The Amazon. It covered the person with lice. I don’t like it when people try and feed wild birds by hand. We can infect the birds.

  3. It is hard to tell how big they are. They do not seem to be that big and tall. I am wonder you can touch or pat them or not. They are so cute that make you want to pat them. I am guessing that is not recommended or a good idea. Just curious to ask.

    1. Yes, they certainly are adorable they eventually got close enough to touch, but I didn’t touch them. They are wild animals and I don’t even try and touch wild animals or birds, although birds sometimes land on you in Australia. I won’t touch them. We have different microbes that can harm them and wild creatures need to be respected in order for everyone to be kept safe. Good question and I am glad you asked it. It bugs me when I see people coaxing wild birds to eat out of their hands.

    1. Yes, they are free and wild and they came up to our picnic table, closer and closer as the day wore on. I could have touched them, but didn’t. I think people previously had fed them or they got crumbs from the picnic tables, like birds who congregate around picnic tables.

    1. I honestly don’t know and wish someone would inform us. Here is what I suspect, but take it with a huge grain of salt as I could be way off the mark, some of the notches look similar to identification notches you might see in agriculture and there is some literature about biologists tagging and notching wild kangaroos and wallabies in their ears. You can see a very precise V notch in the male’s ear. The female’s ear is really mutilated. Was she notched and then did birds go after her injury? I wish a knowledgeable Australian would tell us….

  4. das hast du wieder toll gemacht, liebe Cindy, nun noch ein Hinweis von mir, man sollte schon informiert werden, aber lass dich von den Medien nicht zu sehr verunsichern, Klaus

  5. Words got around Cindy – these wonderful, wild, wily wallabies are in league with the picnic-addicted Rosellas. No outdoor food table is safe! 😀

    Thoroughly enjoyed perusing your photographs. I’m quite taken by these marvellous marsupials.

    Thanks for airing and sharing 😀

    DN

    1. They were apprehensive and had well activated startle reflexes. They moved closer over the course of the afternoon, but they remained wary. They basically are wild creatures.

    1. Cheers back to you! We just got home and I already miss wonderful Oz. We have now spent two months in Australia on two trips and it is nowhere near enough time.

  6. Their poor ears! Especially the one that looked like something had chewed half its ears off. At least the other just had a nick in one ear. If only they could tell their stories of what happened to them.

    1. They are fully wild and chose to come to us. There weren’t people around as we came with the rains, that put out the fires, so it has been an amazing experience to be with wild animals by ourselves.

  7. Gazing at your pictures gave me my fill of nature today. How very interesting the animals are. I make do watching birds and squirrels this time of year. Enjoy. Thank you for the post. 🙂

  8. I´ll just comment on this post, Cindy you are a great photographer. I have no clue about photography or how you people do it to capture certain things at certain moments, what lenses you use or cameras e.t.c.I just love going back to your blog and watching that photography. Your photography. Thank you.

      1. My mother… Appreciate the comment at 5-30 a.m Spanish time and not able to sleep, including the thinking of mother does not make me sleep. Apreciate the comment very much.

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