Readers’ Wildlife photos: ‘roos & emus & squirrels

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Michael Glenister wote in with some wonderful photos. He writes:

Just got back from our annual trek to the Kangaroo Farm in Kelowna.  Here are a few shots I thought you would enjoy:
– a few shots of the (very friendly) Columbian ground squirrels at Manning Park
– a praying mantis my eagle-eyed son spotted in the plants around our motel.  See if you can find it!
– kangaroos, including albinos
– capybara (first time I’ve had a chance to stroke and feed one)
– an emu and young
– sugar gliders (very soft fur)
– if you arrive early, you get to feed the babies
 Thanks Michael, those are gorgeous.


  1. Posted July 21, 2015 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Do nightjars eat mantisses? I can’t find the mantis, so the nightjar must have eaten it! q.e.d.

    • ratabago
      Posted July 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      The sneaksy little thing is upside down, and partially hidden under a leaf. It’s very hard to find, but I got it by looking for things that might be mantis legs.

      • Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        Sort of upper third, to the right of the big blossom?

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

          Ah! I can see it now I know it’s upside down. Cheers Merilee.

      • Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

        Good job!

      • Posted July 21, 2015 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

        Ha! Upside down is the hint I needed! It’s a sneaksy little thing indeed.

        I guess I have to appologize to the nightjar.

      • Posted July 21, 2015 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

        I could discern only the legs. What a great hiding spot amongst the portulaca!

  2. merilee
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:16 am | Permalink


  3. Diana MacPherson
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Ground squirrels are so cute. I remember them when I was in Alberta, scratching at my boots asking for food.

  4. daniel bertini
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Too cute!!

  5. Mark R.
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Yay, marsupials! (Well some of the subjects anyway.) I’ve been out of town and off the web since Friday, so coming back to this batch of photos makes me happy. Thanks!
    PS: I couldn’t find that damn mantis and I looked at the zoomed photo inch by inch. Oh well, it was easy to spot on the arm. 😉

  6. ratabago
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I love sugar gliders. I’ve spent quite a few happy nights watching them romp around the trees in the Victorian Grampians. I’ve never held one though.

  7. Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    To find the mantis:
    1. Start with the largest flower in the top left
    2. Move to the right along its stem almost to its visible end. There are now a pair of leaves from another plant under the stem
    3. The mantis is upside down hanging from the left leaf

  8. Heather Hastie
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Nice pics Michael. 🙂

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