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Black Wallaroo

Black Wallaroo
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-12-10 15:47
Viewed: 10663
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black Wallaroo (Macropus bernardus) is restricted in range to steep rocky sandstone escarpments of western Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. It is largely nocturnal and usually solitary and shy, resting in caves and deep overhangs during the day. This species stands at about 1.1m tall, has a total length of around 1.5m and males weigh about 20kg. Despite being in one off Australia’s premier national parks, the species is poorly studied and the only feeding information I could obtain states it grazes on herbs and grasses.

Although I have observed this species in the wild, I never had the chance to capture it on film. This one was taken at the Northern Territory Wildlife Park, which wasn’t as easy as you might think. Although this macropod is confined to a large enclosure, they are provided with ‘dens’ where they can rest during the day, as per their habit in the wild. Similarly, they are a naturally shy animal and hopped rapidly away if we approached to close. I must have spent 20 minutes trying to get close enough to capture an image with little vegetation between me and him.

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I found some interesting info about this black wallaroo here.Your photo looks like having been taken at quite a big distance, but it's a very good document of what seems to be a rather confidential type of kangoroo. Even if this shot is not perfect, it's a really interesting addition to the wildlife gallery of TN. Thanks for sending.

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2004-12-10 17:44]
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I have heard of Kangaroo and Wallaby never of a Wallaroo. This is the stuff I really enjoy on TN, Chris. LEarning about the diversity of nature. Thanx for sharing.

Oops points tomorrow

Chris, I can appreciate your trials & tribulations to get this one. Not a zoo shot, this one is very noteworthy! Well done!

Very nice shot - I also enjoyed your interesting note a lot. I'm glad you managed to get close enough and take a shot eventually as just a couple of days ago I was trying to sneak closer to some squirrels and just gave up in 15 minutes with no luck = no picture. So it's good to know that some people have more patience (skills) and it's possible to get close enough to take a shot.
Well done,
thanks for sharing,

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2004-12-10 22:49]
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Well done on your capture of the wallaroo.


Very good Chris.
Good shot and a great note.
Very well done.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-11 3:30]
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Now that's what TN is all about. Sharing so that others may learn. Good interesting post. Good job

Nice shot good pose even if the picture quality isn't really good. Good note.

He's a handsome critter.Almost looks like a giant rat,or possum.
You've captured him well...could possibly have zoomed out a bit,partly to get the tail in and partly to give clearer focus. (the more you zoom in,the more your little movements become blurs)
You're lucky to be able to go up to Arnheim land.There's some amazing country right up north there.Cheers for posting.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-12 6:38]

OK, this is a first for me. Good work and it seems to have been hard work as well capturing him.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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