This post is a summary of the Remote Camera Monitoring results over December and January 2012/13
Camera 1 – Still out of action after it was attacked by an aggressive lyrebird.
Camera 2 – Located in mature Wet Forest in the Tarra Valley was quite a prolific site, with the camera picking up lots of small birds e.g. White-browed Scrub Wrens and Bassian and Grey-Shrike Thrushes, as well as mammals such as Antechinus and Long-nosed Bandicoots, unfortunately there were plenty of Foxes and a Feral Cat present. Also plenty of Wombats, Wallabies and some Brushtails.
Camera 3 – Was on a drier site on a steep slope. It had relatively less activity compared to other sites. This was probably due to the terrain and also perhaps more difficult position of the camera. Species captured included Foxes, Wallabies and Lyrebirds (some in pairs).
Camera 4 – Was placed in a scrubby regrowth area with a ground cover consisting of lots of bark and twigs and bare soil. The site was not far from a permanent water supply, and was popular with Lyrebirds, Wombats, Echidnas, Wallabies, Bush Rats, Brushtails, Antechinus and a Brush Bronzewing.
Camera 5 – This camera was located at the bottom of a damp fern gully, it had quite a diversity of birds with Rosellas, Currawongs, Bassian Thrushes and some LBB’s (Little Brown Birds) as well as plenty of Lyrebird activity with what appeared to be some new young birds nosing around. There were no Bandicoots but a very busy little Antechinus that popped up in regular photos. A young Joey was happy to graze with its head out of its mother’s pouch. There were Wombats and Brushtails as well as a feral cat which went past a couple of times.
Camera 6 – Was at a site in the western end of the park along the Grand Ridge Rd, where it was difficult to set the camera up on flat ground. It might account for the fact that the smallest animal photographed was a Brushtail even though the site was old-growth Wet Forest with nice understorey. Other species were Wombats, Lyrebirds, Wallabies and Foxes.
Camera 7 – Was a prolific site with over 3000 photographs captured over the space of 2 months. It is a scrubby regrowth site not far from where the friends group had done some re-vegetation. The large amount of Wallaby activity was a sign that good tree guards for the re-vegetation area vital. There were lots of cute mother and Joey pics. Apart from zillions of Swamp Wallabies, we got some good shots of Long-nosed Bandicoots, also present were Foxes (Boo!) Lyrebirds (yay!!), Wombats, Bassian Thrushes, and Brushtail Possums.
Camera 8 – Was located in the Eastern Section of the Park, I had a close encounter with a Tiger Snake while coming to collect this camera. There was a good variety of species captured here, Rabbits and Foxes (sometimes in pairs) were not so desirable, one photo captured a Fox carrying what was probably a Rabbit, but there was also Lyrebirds, Long-nosed Bandicoots, Echidnas, Wallabies ,Wombats and I think for the first time in our monitoring a Ring-tailed Possum.
Had a better look at the Mystery animal from Camera 4 and with the help of photo editor to improve the contrast I realised it is a Brush-tail Possum standing on its front paws.
It must be a conspiracy – perhaps a sequel to Hitchcock’s Birds. I am on the management committee of Pallisters Reserve. If you replace the lyrebird with a picture of a brolga, we have almost the same close up as you had of the lyrebird with THE SAME OUTCOME FOR THE CAMERA.
I am still laughing at the coincidence. Or is it a conspiracy….?
Thankfully so far we have only had one camera go back for repair following a bird attack, just occasionally something about the cameras seems make a bird go a bit loopy.
Delightful. Thank you.