Need help on a Wallaby (?) ID

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WhistlingDuck
Need help on a Wallaby (?) ID

Not birds, but spotted while i was out bird watching. Saw these two together in bush at Georges River Reserve in Sydney - can anyone help on a id for them please. Thanks.  

GregL
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The first one looks like a red-necked wallaby, I don'tknow the second one but it isn't a swamp wallaby. 

rawshorty
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The first one looks like a Female Wallaroo and the second a young male Wallaroo.

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GregL
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rawshorty wrote:

The first one looks like a Female Wallaroo and the second a young male Wallaroo.

That makes sense, we get wallaroos here but I didn't realise the females look so different, the males are large and dark. I have never seen a wallaroo with a pale tummy like that but then I never seem to see juveniles around. The females look similar to the red-necked wallabies.

timrp
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I agree with shorty but there are a few different wallaroo species and I am not sure which one. Just wondering what part of the Georges river this is at because I go birdwatching at the Georges river often.

WhistlingDuck

Thanks greg, shorty and tim - the light coloured one seems to have much shorter tail.

timrp wrote:

Just wondering what part of the Georges river this is at because I go birdwatching at the Georges river often.

Tim, it was down the fire trail from woolwash road - saw rock warbler, white eared honeyeater and quite close view of spotted pardalotte. Any other places around there you would suggest? 

Woko
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The Euros (also known as Common Wallaroos) at my place in SA are rather similar but with differences. The female Euros are quite pale grey with a distinct, fairly large rufous patch on the neck. The males are larger with a very strong, stocky build. In colour they're much darker than the females & vary from dark brown with a rufous tinge to almost burgundy. I'm wondering if your two are young Euros, WhistlingDuck.

GregL
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The male wallaroos in eastern NSW are very dark and sleek, usually solitary or with a female. No trace of red in their fur. There was an albino wallaroo on Mt Panorama a couple of years ago, it was quite a celebrity.

http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/2466239/science-confirms-white-wallaroos-on-mount/

oconnore51
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They are such great shots with them looking right at the camera like that.

elizabeth

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Woko wrote:

I'm wondering if your two are young Euros, WhistlingDuck.

That might the case woko. Yours is a very powerful hefty individual, and the size of its front legs are massive compared to the ones I saw.

GregL wrote:

There was an albino wallaroo on Mt Panorama a couple of years ago, it was quite a celebrity.

Fascinating discovery greg,  a beautiful white wallaroo. Shape wise very similar to my two as well.

oconnore51 wrote:

They are such great shots with them looking right at the camera like that.

Thankyou Elizabeth ... they were great starers .... keeping their eyes on me

Woko
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As coincidence would have it there were two Euros not far from my bedroom curtains this morning. The paler of the two didn't have a rufous neck so I'm thinking it was a young female.

WhistlingDuck

Wierd how those co-incidences happen Woko - im not going to see any outside my bedroom windows, but i would not be surprised if next time i go out into a likely area the first thing i see is a wallaroo!

Woko
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Happens all the time in all phases of life, WhistlingDuck. Maybe the world is smaller than we think.

timrp
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WhistlingDuck wrote:

Thanks greg, shorty and tim - the light coloured one seems to have much shorter tail.

timrp wrote:

Just wondering what part of the Georges river this is at because I go birdwatching at the Georges river often.

Tim, it was down the fire trail from woolwash road - saw rock warbler, white eared honeyeater and quite close view of spotted pardalotte. Any other places around there you would suggest? 

At Wills Rd, Long Point down the firetrails I have seen many good birds such as Scarlet Honeyeater's, a Powerful Owl, Rockwarbler's, Brown Cuckoo Dove's, Pacific Baza's, lately Rose Robin's, some Male Golden Whistler's etc. Just last week I saw a Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk carrying something take off from the firetrail. I have also seen some good reptiles around during summer.

WhistlingDuck

Thanks very much tim  - sounds a great spot. I will give it a try.   

NateWinston
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Those are Wallaroo as everyone said.

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