It’s fair to say, that the kangaroo mobs around Woody Head are very much used to human interactions.
They hop along the campground undisturbed, much to the enjoyment of happy campers.
It is obvious that they enjoy this idillic spot for the same reasons us humans do.
It’s a fantastic spot to hang loose and relax.
The gentle sounds of the ocean is music to anyone’s ears.
Some can listen in stereo.
One has to scratch themselves to understand this eco-beauty. A cool sea breeze adds to cozy comfort.
What better place to soak in the surrounding environment. What a day, what a life.
Having an incredible blue ocean backdrop adds perfectly to the frame.
Sunshine, blue skies and a curious kangaroos on the beach. Does it get any better then this?
It does if you multiply kangaroos.
The summer’s heat does get exhausting most days, but kangaroos have a few tricks up their sleeve. Literally.
Applying saliva to the forearms has a cooling effect on these heat experts.
The moisture cools down in the gentle breeze and recycles throughout their body.
Just like a radiator does in vehicles.
Licking both paws ‘in one’ saves time and energy.
Or one could just lay in the shade.
Joey has his own technique and looks even more adorable.
There is no need to move more then he needs to.
Mom isn’t far off and the buffet table is all around.
Perfect home dinner really. As well as a playground! Fabulous! Don’t play with your food my mom always said.
Kangaroos are also known to excavate the top layer of hot sand before resting. Keeping your cool means survival in extreme conditions.
The sand is also applied to the fur as a critter deterrent. Summer increases activity of various pesticides.
Grazing along grassy headlands and forests, ticks and fleas have multiple options to hitch a ride.
These unwanted creatures make themselves a home within dense kangaroo pelt.
This is an itchy affair. Scratching their fur in any way possible is frequently observed.
A slight scratch with the hind legs offers temporarily relief.
Often, this spot needs a more thorough investigation.
Scratching their backs is a difficult task. Only their short front legs can reach some areas of their back. All in all, those spots are hard too get to.
But if they do, it feels so good. The relieving expressions on this roo mother speak for itself.
Whilst suckling on mother’s milk production inside the pouch, mom thoroughly checks for nasty invaders.
There is no better critter detergent than mom’s skilful paws. Food and groom in one.
Kangaroo mothers are incredibly caring with their youngsters.
And very cute to watch.
Unless an itch is detected on her own pelt. That’s the spot, scratching feels great.
On a different occasion, scratching was a little hazardous.
This mother had an intense itch on her back, which was incredibly hard to get too.
She moved and twisted her body backwards and around, that little Joey got pushed out of the pouch.
He looks a little surprised.
Well, it’s a good opportunity to suckle on mom’s milk production.
And to receive some relieving itch treatment.
One could just roll around to defer an itchy back.
A belly scratch is just as helpful remedy. How cute is he?
Tired youngsters multi task at times.
Finding a cooling spot on the ground calls in for a rest. Food is all around, one doesn’t need to be on tired hind legs.
Woody Head offers a splendid opportunity to get up close and personal with these Australian iconic marsupials. If no hasty movements scare them off.
They will bypass you undeterred within touching distance.
This is truly an exceptional experience.
This young roo was so relaxed around me, that I had plenty of opportunity to change my photographic perspective towards his body.
Therefor, I used different camera settings to achieve various effects. Youngster displayed various facial expressions, which was marvellous to capture.
Surely he is not bored, is he? It’s a model look.
That’s a rather cheeky attitude. It is an amazing experience being surrounded by intriguing wildlife. That doesn’t mean that their safety is assured.
Kangaroos always stop and smell the flowers. Or listen to possible danger.
Older joeys seek mothers comfort and security for as long as mom allows them to.
It’s a big wide world out there and one can just never be too careful.
Under the watchful eye of the sun, last rays are welcoming.
Mom and offspring are still grazing by the beach.
It really is a turf life around Wood Head.
Perfect settings for a sunset buffet.
Mom just needs to scratch one more itch, heavenly!
Standing within the sunny circle, her head is sparkling.
Conditions and opportunities like these don’t come along excessively often.
Joey needs another rest.
Rolling on the grass like there’s no tomorrow. Good for him and fortunate for my camera.
The kangaroo‘s silhouette against the setting sun is spectacular. The pelt’s fine hair shimmer in the golden glare.
Even fine whiskers and eyebrows are clearly defined.
What a day at Woody Head.
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