Two spring haiku
shitting on the rice cake
edge of the veranda
uguisu ya / mochi ni funsuru / en no saki, Basho Spring 1692
shitting on the path
eating our grevilleas Spring 2015
The Swamp Wallaby is not a member of the same genus as the other Brush Wallabies. It is a generalist feeder and as well as grazing browses shrubs and flowers and causes more damage to the garden. It is much shyer than the eastern Grey Kangaroos that graze the grasses. If disturbed it bounds back into the forest. It will have a home a shelter down in the densely vegetated gully of Oyster Creek and emerges to feed out of the forest early morning and late afternoon.
It is a solitary animal (the roos are social) and its territory can be as large as fifteen hectares and the species has a wide range extending from Victoria to North Queensland, mostly coastal areas but can also be in Western NSW. (The Eastern Grey Kangaroo ranges even further, from northern Tasmania to Cape York). The Red-necked Wallaby is also present in this area and shares the similar broad range of habitats with the Swamp Wallaby.