Mystery Beast and a Bandicoot
Yesterday my wife spotted what she described as a large and unusual dog shaped animal (though definitely not a dog) slowly walking up our backyard hill into the trees. I walked up to investigate. I certainly flushed a lot of wallabies and rabbits but nothing unusual. While I did not discover the mystery beast, I did get a great view of a Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon obesulus). I mentioned getting a fleeting glimpse of a bandicoot back on August 30th. This time I accidentally cornered one between myself, a tree stump and a fence. It was trying to jump the fence reaching about 50 to 60 cm up. I shouted down the hill for someone to grab the camera but in the mean time it squeezed between the fence and the stump never to be seen again (I think it somehow went under the fence). While I did not intend to scare the wee thing it was the best view I've had of them to date as I watched it for close to a minute from just a few metres away.
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos
The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have been back in recent weeks after an absence of couple of months. Every now and then they will fly over the yard so I've had the camera set up ready to go. Unfortunately I've only managed one reasonable shot so far but I'll keep trying. They are a little bit silhouetted against the bright sky so I'll have to remember to adjust the exposure next time.
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This part of the post has no relation to the mystery beast mentioned above- although who really knows? :-) The photo below is of an imprint of the Tasmanian Tiger's front foot. It was sent to me by someone in appreciation for some moth eggs I gave them. Apparently the impression was taken from a stuffed museum specimen.