There is a mob of 9-10 Eastern Grey Kangaroos which live in the surrounding area, mostly spending the days lazing in the nearby bush, but becoming more active and visible from the late afternoon and through the night. They travel through my property most nights, leaving signs of their passing (copious quantities of roo poo), or the occasional broken shrub, and disturbing one of the dogs who must be able to hear or smell them. Sudden barking at 2-3 am means that they are on the lawn just outside my front door! Occasionally kangaroos will still be here early in the morning, as this pair was today. This male is probably well over five feet tall when standing upright, and the female not much smaller – they are not cute and friendly, and can be dangerous if one gets too close.
The kangaroos are usually very sensitive to noise and motion, so it is difficult to get near enough for a good photo – these shots were taken through a window, hence their poor quality.
Kangaroos are also a real hazard on country roads at night, they are fast, unpredictable, not very bright, and liable to appear suddenly from the side of the road and cross in front of the car……I know this from experience as I hit one a couple of weeks back. Luckily I was not driving too fast, the kangaroo was not a big one like these, it only damaged a headlight, and it hopped away afterwards. This is often not the case, and many friends have had their cars severely damaged by such close encounters.