Boxing kangaroos 1

This little series 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 high on their tails while holding on to the opposition for support, then plunge their 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. This is what the left hand roo is doing in this shot.


You can see in some of these shots 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.



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  • Brett Donald PRO 9y

    You've managed to compose the image beautifully with a tree, fence, rocks and dark clouds, while capturing the roo standing on his tail! You either have an unbelievably good eye, unbelievable speed setting up the camera, or unbelievable luck. WOW!
  • Julian Robinson PRO 9y

    Heh! Thanks ... I think!

    ...and now, getting back to reality, it was a mostly thanks to quantity since as you can see I took about 15 photos of this fight. Also luck, to come across the incident in the first place. And my sometimes moderately good eye occurs mostly in retrospect, when sitting at the computer. This particular one is my favourite of the set, because I like the same elements you mention. But I had to crop it to delete space to the right to get the composition, so I am no Cartier-Bresson either. I am significantly in awe of people like imapix who nearly always manages to extract the absolute best out of a photo. His presentations and end products are superb. I don't have the insight yet to see how to get from a "basically good" photo to a "beautiful end product".
  • Peter Sundstrom PRO 9y

    Where did you take these shots? Couldn't be Tidbindilla. All of the roos there seemed to be on sedatives.
  • Jamuudsen PRO 9y

    Just checked your EXIF and am pretty awed to see that this was at 105 mm. They must have been pretty absorbed in beating the stuffing out of each other.
  • Julian Robinson PRO 9y

    Jamuudsen - the story is that we saw this happening from afar, so I jumped out of the car and ran up to them behind cover of some trees. Then I had to break cover to take the photos... one of the roos saw me, took a quick look at me and was considering scampering off when the other one caught him unawares and biffed him hard enough to almost knock him of his feet. The fight was back on and they ignored me totally for the rest of the time.

    Peter - this was on a property I was visiting to take some photos for Greening Australia, just off the Yass road about 20km north west of Canberra. I agree this is not a likely testosteronic scene at Tidbinbilla!
  • Andrew PRO 9y

    fantastic series of shots! I've seen this type of action just up at the pinnacle reserve here in Hawker, as well as over at Mt Majura behind Hackett, but never been luck enough to catch it on camera!
  • Greg Miles PRO 9y

    Excellent photo's and great descriptive story.
  • Scott Bourke 8y

    Great Capture. I hope to get a great boxing kangaroo shot like this 1 day.
  • Nick Hunt 7y

    You are my winner!
    Please add this photo to
  • daniel tutalo 6y

    great set man! :) Glad you posted a description too, interesting read
  • MoD-Photos PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NSW, Australia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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