The animal kingdom holds efficient but simple rules to life. Only the strong survive and only the strong reproduces.
There is no exception with Australia’s kangaroos. Mobs of these hopping marsupials average between three to five healthy females, lead by a dominant buck.
Also known as boomers. They were, and in some places still are on the indigenous food menu.
Early aborigines threw pieces of wood at the kangaroos and hoped that would kill them.
Strong boomers fetched the wood and threw it back to the aboriginals, when they weren’t looking. And so the boomerang saga started.
Kemp’s Corner at Hat Head National Park is prime roo territory and is highly priced on a rogue buck’s agenda. One of the females is in heat. A price worth fighting for.
The leader of this mob has no option, other than defending his territory. The challenge is accepted. In all my years travelling around Australia, I never witnessed a kangaroo tail-off before. Not in close range nevertheless. While I was busy snapping away with my camera, the photos enlightened this ritual.
The challenger received a warning from the mob leader. This is my neighbourhood.
But as so often, testosterone-fuelled a tussle. The ringleader of this mob positioned himself in between the rival and his females. Ready when you are.
Knowing how sharp and strong their hind-legs are, these two gladiators engaged in a wrestle at first.
Pushing and shoving is quite hard if the opponent has a strong tail to lean on.
These sharp claws can damage softer tissue painfully, it’s best to keep the head out of reach.
Clearly seen is the fact, that both contestants stood close to each other. Too close to use their kicking game.
None gained a decent advantage from this roo shuffle, but biting is a cheap shot.
Big Boomer wasn’t impressed at all and countered with vengeance.
To his credit, the opponent wasn’t intimidated either. It was neck on neck between them.
While the upper body was still engaged with the rivals fur, the hind-legs stood further and further apart from each other. This is a perfect striking distance.
The challenger was cornered by martial art.
This was the opportunity to bring in heavy blows.
The younger competitor knew what was coming and countered straight away. What a matchup right in front of my lens.
The intensity of this fight increased by each action and reaction.
The more experienced darker roo contradicted this kick well. It was an even matchup between these two feisty bucks.
Will the reigning ruler be victorious and keep his harem?
An experienced female and her offspring watched with anticipation.
The challenger wasn’t quite convinced of his loss and subdued for another spa.
Experience and technique come with age, something this youngster will practice.
The owner of this land made use of gravitational laws and used them to his advantage.
Looks like he had done this many times before.