Sometimes what you see is not what you think it is! This is not a love story, its a story about deceit played out in the open for every photographer to watch and document!
It was late New Years Eve afternoon and I was busy photographing Cockatoos from the deck of our lodge at Bunya Mountains National Park when two Wallabies decided to have a quickey directly in front of us. What was I supposed to do…not photograph it ? …you got to be joking! But what transpired next was not what I expected.
No sooner than they had begun than a second male wallaby, presumably the jilted alpha male bounded up at full speed. To our surprise he jumped on the back of the male busy with the female who was clearly the bigger and stronger of the two and wrestled him off the female. The first male was stunned for a second or two, but quickly reacted and saw off the interloper with a few punches and kicks.
Within a few split seconds it was all over. It was exactly that. A few split seconds. My camera shoots 10 frames per second. Depending on how you look at it, it never took much more than a second for the alpha male to spoil the interlopers party and make his escape. From the interlopers perspective, it took about a second to recover his surprise and react to the attack. From the female wallabies perspective it took her a second to realize neither of the males was worth hanging around for!