Bush rats and bristlebirds dropped in on the action while we were out surveying bandicoots recently.
I joined the Natural Resource Management team’s trapping survey where we had an interesting and successful morning releasing two long-nosed bandicoots and a few bush rats as well as several Eastern bristlebirds.
The bristlebird acts a lot like a small mammal – crawling and tunnelling through the bush, in and out of grass tussocks and vegetation while hunting insects. The first time I saw one do this I couldn’t believe my eyes – I thought it was a rat at first!
On one occasion, we had two bush rats in one trap, possibly a parent and juvenile. The juvenile was quite cooperative – despite a quick nip at my finger – and very distinctive with his white tuft of fur on the top of his head!
Kåren Watson, Booderee National Park