Having spent a fabulous week here at Cape Hillsborough en route northern Queensland, I just couldn’t resist to stop over at this magical habitat again on my way south. The intention of seeing wallabies by the beach again was most definitely worth a detour.
Dating time as per usual at sunrise. The weather forecast was sunny and relatively calm for the next few days. I might even get Maniyak back on to the water as well.
The sun surfaced in between Wedge Island and Cape Hillsborough Headland.
That means in photographic terms, I should get some terrific photos, outlining the wallaby’s silhouette.
That’s what I aimed for. 3 months ago on my previous visit, the sun came up right behind Wedge Island and blocked off first sunlight. That confirms subconsciously, that the earth is moving. Pretty cool really.
Some wallabies lined the foreshore already on my arrival by beach.
Others gradually emerged later as first sunlight appeared over the horizon. It has become their daily routine over the years.
This is where wallabies are feeding and watch the sunrise at the same time. I couldn’t ask for a better breakfast show. Eventually, all members of this mob settled on the beach.
It got a bit crowded at times.
Even a seagull joined the occasion. Everyone wanted a spot in the sun.
There certainly was a family vibe all around.
Skippy, the only kangaroo of this group, was in his curious element. He came up close and initiated, that he would meet me later by the shoreline. He seemed in an entertaining mood.
The Agile Wallabies were still appreciating the rising sun.
Skippy meanwhile leapt to the shoreline and waited for his audience to arrive.
He was full of beans, or possibly fleas. Scratching his pelt resulted in some entertaining shadow figures.
What’s that Skip? A deer? Deer me!
Does this one look like a goat?
Well, Skippy had to get on with his day and so did I. He did that with spectacular agility.
A 180 degree turn from a standstill. Just like that. Skippy’s tail propels his body up while his upper torso turns at the same time. His feet extended, allowing him to shoot off in the opposite direction.
I don’t know how I was able to capture this movement, but I did.
I am glad that I came to farewell this mob of Agile Wallabies. Who knows when I will bypass this area again. I highly recommend anyone to experience this early morning gathering.
This really is a prime location for animals and humans to welcome a new day. It will be a highlight to treasure forever.