Kung-Fu Roo, Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What a classic 70’ies tune that is. Hu!

Fast as lightning @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Those guys are as fast as lightning. Ha! No other No song would suit this slideshow better as I watched these two roo youngsters kick-off their quest to mate. 

Kung-Fu tussle @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There certainly were some Kung-fu moves in this tussle. These two Batchelors were practising their skill-set for future confrontations.

Expect the unexpected @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Right here at Woody Head’s stunning foreshore and right in front of myself and my camera. What are the odds for this to happen? Expect the unexpected, I can’t say it often enough. All throughout the animal kingdom, childhood mates become rivals to earn the right to roost. 

Testosterone @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And that’s the reason why. Testosterone driven males.

Holiday @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This very impressive boomer appears to be a visitor from the western ranges and enjoys a change of pace by the ocean. It is the holiday season after all, not only for humans.

Maximus Joey @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I called him Maximus Joe, which is an appropriate name for this gentle giant.

Prime boomer @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He is well-fed and at his physical prime.

Bodybuilding @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

His pegs alone could crush their balls. Max is not to be messed with and he knows it.

I’ll be back @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He hasn’t much to worry about in his natural world, not even humans.

I eat what he is eating @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He can graze at his own leisure and wasn’t bothered by my photoshoot.

Enjoying life @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Eat, root, leaf and repeat. What a life.

Hormonal @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The urge to reproduce is burnt into any male’s brain. It’s the need to compete for reproductive rights.

Fast as lightning
mom and offspring @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Females of any species are drawn to the selected ruler, who is strong enough to defend their territory and possesses robust genetics.

Caring moms @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Kangaroo mums are extremely devoted and caring mothers. This deep bond is directly connected to their upbringing in the pouch.

Life of leisure @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

To come up trumps one day and live their own leisured life, these two teenagers will face some fierce conflicts in the future.

Let’s practice @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They require to practice and practice some more.Its best to remind his mate.

Instigator @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The slightly bigger male was the perpetual instigator of this amazingly long stand-off.

Surprise! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He used the element of surprise surprisingly often.

Take this @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But the smaller roo stood his ground and wasn’t bullied and pushed around.

Needle sharp @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Kangaroos have two main weapons. Extremely sharp claws can afflict deep cuts on soft tissue.

Close for comfort @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Particularly around their eyes.

Smile @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This must be avoided at all costs.

Neck bent @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The kangaroo neck-bend does just that.

Could have @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

However, the camera revealed that some needle-sharp daggers were only millimetres away from the eye socket.

But didn’t @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A case off ‘could have, would have, should have’!

Blind spot @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Covering the blind spot is tricky for an animal with short arms and long legs. One needs to claw but defend with both paws at the same time. Each contestant’s face needs to stay out of reach of the opponent’s spikes.

Don’t stay to far apart @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But staying too far away from each other could open the door for the kangaroo’s heavy artillery.
Their extremely powerful hind legs.

Forceful legs @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The rigorous force of a single kick causes some serious pain.

Double kicker @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A set of claws could slice soft tissue like a can of tins.

It’s all down to technique @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

To land a lethal assault, boomers require a perfect technique.

Tailgating @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Kangaroos have a long and strong extension to their body for two reasons.

Balance act @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It balances their movement at speed to cut corners almost immediately.

Tripod @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Furthermore and just as important, the tail acts as the third point of contact to the ground whilst standing up.

Propeller @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This allows the attacking rival to push off and propel forward with their tail to apply extra damaging force with both legs.

Low blow @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is a seriously painful scenario, which must be prevented by any gladiator.

Martial arts @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Martial arts within the boomer rank.

Charming @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Despite this sinister behaviour, my camera revealed a rather charming side between these two mates. 

Squabbling @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This squabble was just a practical exercise of inexperienced friends.

Careful @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They acted upon their hormonal instincts and often showed the opposite side of this violent behaviour.

The funny side @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In fact, the slides revealed rather comical interactions. And this is how this scuffle analysed on my lens and how I interpreted this push and shove in no particular order.

Amen @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hallelujah!

Scissors? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A game of rock, paper and scissors decided on, who will kick-off.

Mhh? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mhhh?! Not really what the audience expected.

A different approach @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A dance-off?

Voulez-vouz dancer? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tango would impress females and needs to be practised just as well.

In the swing of things@Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Left-right, left-right.

Beaten up @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Listen to the beat and repeat. 

Footwork @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

That’s more like it.

How does he do that? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The younger sibling appeared mesmerised by some mighty tailgating.

Ka-rooted @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An energetic jump to the rump. Ka-roo-te. 

Mh! What’s next? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hang on a minute, I need to compose myself.

Chicken? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Are you chicken, MacFly?

Roostered @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No one calls me a rooster

Mr. Miaggie @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I have seen this move in an eighties movie? The Roo!

Mr Anderson! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Let me matrix you with this.

Bruce Roo @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The Sssss-nake.

Shenanigans? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mom wasn’t impressed at all by these teenage shenanigans.

Boys! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Joey! What’s with all that ruckus? I am trying to feed your brother!

Oops! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sorry, mom.

Stay focused! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

You need to stay focused, my friend. But you’re going down. 

Edward Scissorhands @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Watch for the scissor hand.

Awww! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Aww, you look so cute when you’re angry.

Peekaboo @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Where’s the baby? 

Soft fur? @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I do like your fur.

Headlock! @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

So fluffy, yet waterproof. What shampoo do you use? 

Practice makes perfect @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

You’re my best friend but we have to practice!

I’ve had enough @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tired mate?

Re-energise @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

After a long stand-off it was time to lay down.

Rooted to the ground @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

For now, both parties were rooted and enjoyed some green grass side by side. How cute.

Fascinating and cute @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It was fascinating to watch this spa-off and I kept my finger firmly on the shutter button.

One day @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These two youngsters still need to practice a lot.

Playmates @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They have been playmates all their life.

Bonded @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An unmissable bond between them shows on these pictures. Primal instincts collide with childhood friendship.

Friends after all @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The price of growing up. But there’s still plenty of time for that. My conclusion about this tussle? 

Kung-Fu Roo @Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Kangaroos would suit an animated action movie even better than pandas.

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