Kangaroos like sunrise too By Dan Battley ·
I've been visiting the Cape Hillsborough National Park, just north of Mackay since I was a kid so I knew that the local wild kangaroos venture down to the beach of a morning. I wanted my own kids to witness the daily roo routine so one day we got up and headed down to the sand as the sun was rising.
This shot just happened in front of me. I didn't think about it or plan it.
A moment before, a fisherman motored past in his tinnie and the tourist and kangaroo looked towards the noise breaking the silence of the morning.
I noticed the two of them standing there so stoically. So I snapped it. But to be honest, I didn't think the shot was particularly special because this is just what happens at Cape Hillsborough.
It wasn't until later that I realised I had captured a little bit of magic.
I published the image on my Instagram feed and added the obvious hashtags, as well as mentioning a couple of local Instagrammers that I thought might appreciate the shot too.
People just loved this shot. The image was shared and re-shared. Nearly 50,000 likes on Instagram. Tourism Mackay featured it, then Tourism Australia shared it to more than 700,000 followers. So far it’s had 120,000 likes, 22,000 shares and 1,700 comments! And when Adam Gilchrist tweeted it, the comments kept flowing in.
Who would have thought a sleepy morning out with the kids could produce an image that would be enjoyed by people all over the world?
I guess people just love to see the interaction between a human being and a kangaroo. Published 24 Jun 2014. Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
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