Kangaroos and Cowcatchers

As we drive north from Adelaide and left the more populated areas we found ourselves driving along roads that went right through the outback. All you could see in any direction was scrubland, dry red soil and varying amounts of gum trees.

Adam told me to watch for for Kangaroos – not just because I wanted to see some but to warn him if there were any near the road. Apparently they were just as likely to jump in front of a vehicle as to sit still or leave the road. It wasn’t too long before we saw some and true to form, as you passed one by the road it would jump in any direction with no warning. All you could do is to slow down until they had made up their minds. Their movements on roads seemed suicidal and as we dove along we saw many dead kangaroos at the side of the road. Many of them were smaller than the big red/brown ones that we mostly think of. There were small ones with black noses and grey fur known as ‘Euros’ – no link to European currency as far as I know but I imagine there is a joke in the somewhere 🤔

What was not immediately obvious was the damage done to cars who had hit the unfortunate animals. This explained why many cars had what we call ‘bull bars’ or ‘cow catchers’ on the front of their vehicles. Of course we see these on urban vehicles but I guess in that case it’s mostly for show.

I was chatting to a man who had a big Cow Catcher on his vehicle and he told me of all the animals that had jumped in front of him or gone through his windscreen, including an Emu and an Eagle. He even said that a big kangaroo had once destroyed the Cow Catcher! 🙁 He let me take a picture of his vehicle.

While we were camping outback I really hoped to see some kangaroos but without a zoom lens I didn’t expect to get any decent photos. Here are a few that I took.

When we were back in Adelaide however, we went to a wildlife sanctuary where the kangaroos were very tame and we were able to feed them. See next post

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