Thursday, 16 April 2015

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

... Perameles gunnii
 
On Monday night we were honored by a visit from an Eastern barred bandicoot. In the nine years at my current domicile we have had some good views of the more common Southern brown bandicoot but this was our first encounter with this small nocturnal marsupial (a bit smaller than a rabbit).

Eastern barred bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, in the backyard


It was first spotted, from the lounge room window, hopping about in the the front garden. It then made it's way up the driveway to the backyard. I grabbed the camera and we went out to have a closer look. We soon found it foraging away under the Nectarine tree. That's when I discovered I had no memory card in the camera. I watched it for 2 or 3 minutes while someone ran back to the house for the memory card. It just stayed there going about it's business only a couple of metres away. Of course, once the camera was set up and ready, the bandicoot's sixth sense (camera detection and aversion) kicked in and it started getting nervous. The end result was one useable but blurry photo and one wonderfully clear recollection of the encounter.

The Eastern barred bandicoot is extinct in South Australia. In Victoria it is 'critically endangered'. Here in Tasmania it has already disappeared from some areas and overall numbers have declined since the early 1990's. Fortunately it is still common in some localities. What a privilege it is to find it in my own backyard.

Below is a photo of the more common Southern brown bandicoot, also taken in the backyard.

Southern brown bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus

Linked to Saturday's Critters  and Camera Critters

22 comments:

  1. That Southern brown Bandicoot phot is beautiful. Not something we often see.

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  2. Thanks happy wanderer - The Browns occasionally forage by day during the cooler months, I've had them come right up to my feet as long as I stay still. I was told a long time back that the Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne was a good place to see them in Melbourne. Never been there so I have no idea if that info is current.

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  3. Nice to get the EB Bandicoot in your backyard - I'm jealous.
    Yes, The SB Bandicoot is regularly seen around the picnic areas of the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens.
    Regards,
    PW

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    1. Thanks for confirming that. As for the EB Bandicoot, I just hope I see it again and maybe get a better photo or even a video.

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  4. Beautiful photos of the Bandicoot have not seen one in a long time up this way.

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    1. Thanks Neil - We're pretty lucky down here. Foxes (if they are here) haven't done too much damage yet.

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  5. Wow, what a neat and cute critter. It is sad to hear they are endangered.. But, lucky you to see one in your backyard..Awesome photos of the Bandicoot. Thank you for linking up, have a happy weekend!

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  6. Thanks eileeninmd - Yep... lucky. But given that they maintain territories I'm hoping to be lucky again :-)

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  7. Interesting, without knowing better I would have thought they were rats.

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    1. LOL - if they were rats I wouldn't be going after them with a camera.. Maybe a shovel :-)

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  8. It is sad that they are on the endangered list, what an interesting looking animal. I too see that animals seem to have a camera "radar" and get nervous and leave.

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    1. Yes. Sometime I think that leaving the camera at home is a good way of ensuring a close encounter with some fauna :-)

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  9. How exciting! Especially to see an endangered species, and he is so CUTE!!!!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Marie.

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  10. How fortunate to have seen and photographed this interesting little animal.

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    1. Thanks Pat - I certainly was.

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  11. Both of them are adorable! You were very lucky to see one in your own yard.

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    1. Thanks - Seen it twice since but not managed a better photo yet.

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  12. interesting little creatures :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting - Just shows theres always something new to discover even in your own backyard.

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    1. Cute, yes. Varmint, Nah! :-)

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