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Boxing Kangaroos by Julian Robinson
Tuesday, 26th December 2006

Boxing Kangaroos

by Julian Robinson

This was of a ferocious fight between two male kangaroos that I happened to stumble on while doing something else. These are big roos, standing over 7 feet or 2m when on their toes trying to gain the height advantage. They attempt to rip the ears, eyes and nose of the opposition with the big and sharp claws you can see. More dramatically, they stand on their tails while holding on to the opposition for support, then plunge their powerful hind feet (also equipped with claws) into the belly of the victim, actually attempting (I think, watching as closely as I could) to do permanent damage to the reproductive organs. You can see that one of these roos has a torn ear, but since it is not bleeding I assume it was another fight, another time. I witnessed maybe five minutes of this fight, then ran out of storage. By the time I went back to the car to get a new card and encouraged my comrades to come and have a look (they had kindly stayed put so to allow me to take the photos), the roos took one look at us and hopped away, one behind the other. Whether there was an acknowledged winner and loser I will never know.
Julian Robinson
A long time enthusiast recently changed to digital after the Nikon FE (what a great camera) was stolen. Now a Canon owner: first a 300D then upgraded to a 20D and some mid-range lenses (Canon 17-40, 24-105, 400/5.6, 70-300 IS, 100/2.8 macro and Tokina 12-24).

Boxing Kangaroos by Julian Robinson was photo of the day on Tuesday, 26th December 2006. It is tagged , , , . You can leave a comment below.



26th June 2007 at 7:13 pm

I too grew up on the NIKON FE,
this looks more like waltz!

Sheila Prost

2nd July 2007 at 10:07 pm

Yeah, a waltz with claws….

I love it! Very nice work!

30th July 2007 at 11:07 am

This is a great actionshot. I love the monochrome colors. Very nice!


25th December 2007 at 9:26 am

I wonder if this kind of scene was the inspiration for Banjo Pattersn to write Waltzing Matilda. It does look so but your fantastic description of this action would denote otherwise. Thank you so much for including the details it makes it so much more interesting.


26th December 2008 at 2:18 pm

Fantastic shot, you never know whats around a corner.


30th August 2009 at 7:07 pm

wow u looked like u were so close! excellent!


2nd September 2009 at 7:38 am

Great capture

8th December 2009 at 2:57 am

Wow, they are really going at it.

5th November 2011 at 3:49 am

Would you allow us to license this picture (larger size if you have) for a kids book on kangaroos we are putting together. We do not anticipate big royalties so royalty free would be appreciated.

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