NOISES IN THE BUSH


On the weekend hubby and I were outside getting the garden and lights sorted for xmas…yes most of you are going to have a lovely white xmas but for us it’s usually hot..this means everyone has their meals outside..until we can’t stand the heat anymore and head in…boxing day will be our big day as the kids all live a fair way from us and they visit their partners families..so 12 for a late lunch hopefully outside with perfect weather…hmmmm…anyway I digress…so we were outside and I heard the tell tale thump of a roo…and it was a big thump..imagine the sound of a large thick plank of wood being belted on dry branches and the ground..i looked up and saw nothing..not unusual as these beautiful animals are perfectly designed for their environment in fact you could be staring right at one and not see it.

I went back to what I was doing when the bush broke into life…the doggies were out the back and there was a radio going so they heard nothing..which was good as the spectacle we were about to see would have been ruined by barking dogs!

The boundary fence on our property is of course posts and wire and on the slope of the hill on the adjoining land we could see them…looked like both mobs that have been rotating around all the properties here..and they were pounding along..this land has a dam at the bottom so it is a popular gathering place for the roos..

Hubby and I stopped working as we have never seen anything like this before..these roos were chasing each other up and down the hill slope first one way then they would turn and go the other way..so fast and their feet pounding the ground so loud and they were ‘chuffing’ or ‘coughing’…roos don’t make those stupid sounds like the TV show Skippy had ..they make this bizarre coughing sound..they do this to warn each other of danger. This went on for so long..we crept down to the lower paddock..they were now chasing each other into the dam! hubby and I both then could see how it is they drown dogs in dams when threatened..it appeared that perhaps a young but decent sized male was making a take over bid for the girls…they were getting tired it was quite clear that some were stressed..they would dart all over while the main mobs kept going.

Apparently when a roo wants to let a more dominant roo know it is no threat it will cough back..and if a human is ever under threat they should also cough deeply to let the roo know they are submissive..anywho I had my camera and got hubby to hoist me on top of the sheeps shed for a better view..it was astounding to see..they were really so intense an every now and then a roo would stop and lick its arms..they do this as the blood vessels are close to the surface and this is how they cool down..i was of course worried about the young Holly and her bub Boo as this must be very frightening for a mum and her joey..all these aggressive males vying for top job as the Boomer of a mob.

They went off into the bushland and I crept down to my tree…hubby shaking his head and wondering why he was married to such a tomboy..up I went ..this tree is close to the fenceline and up in it I had a great view of the bush and dam..the reality is I have no desire to interfere with the roos and I respect their power and the fact they are dangerous…an aggressive roo will do some serious damage..you can’t run as they can outrun you while raking down your back with those sharp claws..so best I watch from up high..well I am a bit of a daredevil..

They came back…full pelt I could see one as he jumped in the dam and cooled off then bounded out..to quick and the angle was all wrong to get a pic..then slowly walking on all fours along the fenceline came a male..not massive but big enough!! my heart was racing as I wondered what he was up too…well when he got four feet from me he stood up and stared right at me…my heart was pounding now as I realised really he could jump higher than the height I had perched myself…hubby I think was close to having a fit!! I had my camera ready to go and because he was so close it took me awhile to reset my lens so all I got was one pic..he then turned and left..i climbed down hubby shaking his head as I asked if he could build me a treehouse …

We went back up to the house and kept on working and apart from a few roos hopping around near the dam, most likely thirsty, the day became calm..thing is we have not seen them since..this was on Saturday…I am worried for the young mums and joeys and wonder where they have all gone…this is nature…this is life in rural Australia ..and this is my home….I would never see this behaviour in a zoo or sanctuary so I am truly blessed…

Now about that tree house…..SANTA…….OH SANTA…

40 thoughts on “NOISES IN THE BUSH

    • Heheh I have to get them off the camera..and then I will show you my boy in the bush πŸ™‚ I do hope they resolved their issues and return soon πŸ™‚ and yes Santa would love to build me a tree house..i think hahaha πŸ™‚

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  1. Goodness……how exciting and scary all rolled into one! It sounds like something MAJOR was going on with the roos for sure and probably just what you thought – fighting over the women…..maybe they all called for a “time out” and that’s why you’ve not seen them since then. I hope the Moms and babies are alright though – men can be such bullies!! I think a tree house/spy spot would be wonderful for you when you want to take some shots from that perspective….but good luck getting help from Santa on that one!!

    Pam

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    • It was Scary and exciting..never seen anything like it and the power they have…awesome…but to see them so stressed even though it is nature is still quite disturbing…we have seen some sparring in the paddocks over the roads but these young males are nowhere near big enough to oust the Boomer..so maybe a rogue has come along…The Lone Ranger I shall call him πŸ˜‰ and yes once Santa has finished every other thing..(including unravelling xmas lights as we speak and muttering unsavoury comments hahahaah) perhaps if I am good he will build me a hide πŸ™‚ Bev xx

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    • It sure would Molly!! yes it is bizarre hearing the sound..i think somewhere on youtube there is the sound…I must find it…:) I must be good if I want Santa to build me a tree house hehehe πŸ™‚ you have a fantastic Tuesday Molly as we end ours πŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum xx

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  2. Yes you are blessed :o) I would like to see all this on one hand but on the other I’m afraid europeans are not able to survive in Australia (because they try to touch anything and everything with their clumsy paws). I cross my paws for all the Roos in your area – they are wonderful

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    • Thanks Easy πŸ™‚ I think indeed we are a harsh place for some…I have had many a wrangle with tourists trying to grab at wildlife…not really smart…I am sure once the turf wars are sorted the roos will return….girls cause so much trouble hahaahah πŸ™‚

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  3. ooohhh tree house – we need a tree house. Should I call Pete Nelson – the famous guy that does tree houses here? That way, you know I’ll have a place to stay when I visit to watch the roos? XOXO – Bacon

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  4. Just to let you know we are still here, have been super busy so no time for blogging 😦 Now a tree house I would love. Thank you for the lovely Roo card, yours is on the way..I know I posted it in the confusion BOL xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    • Hahahahaha ta das…it arrived yesterday thankyou so much sweet Mollie so tick that one off your did I didn’t I list bwahahaah you poor thing…breathe..breathe….now drink πŸ˜‰ hugs and loves Fozziemum xxx

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  5. Fascinating Fozziemum! Learning so much about the roos. It doesn’t surprise me about the wars/fights over the gals.. πŸ™‚ Much like the wild mustangs and their bands of mares. Hope the mom roos and babies are safe!

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    • You have the wild mustangs ad in central Australia we have the wild Brumbies..:) I think all species go nuts over the gals…such power we weild πŸ™‚ I am sure Holly wll have taken herself to a safer place while the macho boys sorted it all out!

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  6. tree houses are amazing, daddy watches this show about a guy who builds the most incredible ones, like ones you could live in. So you can be nice and comfy while on look-out:-)

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  7. I would so love to have seen that! I’d have been boosting ye up the tree higher so I could get a good view, too πŸ™‚ I’m a kindred sprit – anything natural that is new to me, I need to investigate! Maybe was a bad attitude when I was a kid and would grab any snake that came along (that didn’t look like a rattler, cottonmouth or water moccasin).

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    • Hahahahah I won’t be grabbing no snakies here that’s for sure…Mr Brown doesn’t play well with others …curious me…and all with make up and glamourous nails haahahha πŸ™‚

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        • Hahaahhah..yep the ole sea snake is a cracker too..we get all the good deadly stuff hahaah πŸ™‚ and as for makeup …my theory if I have to get carted off by the Ambos I need to look my best..i have a fear that if I ook like an old hag they won’t try so hard hahaahahaaha and you want to see me wrangle the sheep with the bedazzled overall nails ribbon and boots..quite the sight πŸ™‚

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  8. fozziemum…while noe wear neer de size…de crazed quackers do that round heer…everrree one fites …or vies for de same spot on de pond…hello….therz enuff room for 80 bazillion of ya…but we looze trax….boyz fite for a gal…then for a long time all ya see iz boys…then pairz…then momz with kids N noe boys…..then 250 trillion quackers all over de place, then de kids grow up N fly off…then couples chill round each other N fite other couples…winter comes…they all bee gone ~~~~~~ hope de momz N de joey’s R oh kay πŸ™‚

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  9. I was thinkin’ the same thingie….all that build up and adventure…I wanted to see your reward (or proof!!! BOL)! Wows, I bets your Pops almost had a coronary watchin’ your Moms!! Crazy woman!!
    Glads she is all safe and sound…
    Kisses,
    Ruby β™₯

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    • I will getz mum to put pics up..shez too buzy tryin to send card to hoomans now coz shez fallin way behin us in cardz BOL BOL ….an yes dad had a fitz thinkin mumz cheesez haz slid off her crackerz ……luvs Forrest xxx

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  10. Thank you for sharing this story of the Roos’ and you!! I can see you up a tree and on top of the shed & looking eye to eye with a Roo….you are my Shero…
    (((((HUGS))))) Sherri-Ellen xo

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