We have wallabies come into our garden from time to time but we hadn\’t seen any for a while and then this fellow turned up the other morning. We managed to get this photo but you can see that he was very intently watching us and he didn\’t stay for long. We have had a family of them in the past complete with a joey. I\’ve had a gardenia, just to the left on this photo, which has never flowered and I think it\’s because the wallabies like the young leaves.
Some wallaby facts:
- They are distinguished from kangaroos mainly by size. Wallabies are generally found in rougher terrain; being smaller they can jump around the bush easily, and whereas kangaroos tend to be of a uniform colour, the fur of the wallaby is more variegated.
- This particular wallaby is classed as vulnerable. They were found in abundance many years ago but in NSW between 1884 and 1914 bounties were given for their skins on more than half a million of them.
- The Brush-tailed wallaby was introduced successfully to New Zealand in 1870 and to Hawaii in 1916
I\’d been trying to find more of his books secondhand but by chance I found that Cornell University has some of them archived. I\’ve downloaded them onto Kindle (not well-formatted) and as PDFs (my preference, as I have an ipad). If you have trouble downloading leave me a comment and I\’ll see if I can help you somehow.
I\’ve also found some books by Amy Mack. I read that she lived not too far from us and she recorded the wildlife around her as the city of Sydney was growing and the development was encroaching on the bush. We have a tract of bush behind us and even though we are only about 5 minutes from busy major roads it provides a safe corridor for natives such as the wallaby – unless they are unfortunate enough to get hit crossing the road which has happened from time to time.
These are lovely books and I was thrilled to find them free online.
A Bush Calendar by Amy Mack Harrison (I presume this might be her married name?) – records the months of the year with information on what flowers are blooming, which birds are arriving and which ones are breeding.