ROAD-WISE WALLABIES LOOK BOTH WAYS: Swamp wallabies are found on Phillip Island, southeast of Melbourne. Due to hunting in the 1960s thru to the 1980s, their numbers dwindled. They’ve rebounded ever since and can be seen throughout the area. Like kangaroos, wallabies are most active at night, when most collisions with road vehicles occur. The little fellow in this photo was obviously the cautious type, not completely confident motorists would heed the road sign.
Fun fact: When Captain Cook first landed in Australia, the kangaroo population was estimated to be under 3 million. The Australian government estimates that currently, the ‘roo population is between 50 and 60 million. Annually, about 2.5 million are ‘harvested.’
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 18-200 DX zoom lens at 105mm, f4.9, 1/320 sec, f11, ISO 800 Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography.