Bush rats, bristlebirds and bandicoots all in a day’s work

 

Long nosed bandicoot - check out those nails!

Long nosed bandicoot – check out those nails!

A bristlebird dropped in to say 'hello'

A bristlebird dropped in to say ‘hello’

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!

 

Karen and friend

Karen and friend

Kåren Watson, Booderee National Park

 

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One thought on “Bush rats, bristlebirds and bandicoots all in a day’s work

  1. They should kill all the natives and ban everyone else from enjoying the bush, and only pay our tax money to rangers who should be the only people there.

    Oh. Wait.

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