Camera Site Greatly Exceeds Expectations

In February we placed a camera in a new site along the Grand Ridge Rd, in vegetation that was not typical old growth Mountain Ash forest, but rather sad looking regrowth scrub. As a result we didn’t have high expectations as to what fauna we’d find in this habitat. Surprisingly though it’s a very popular spot, especially with ground dwelling birds (must be lots of food) and we obtained some fantastic images. All up the camera was triggered on 165 separate occasions, see the table below for more details)

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Species Sightings  

Species

Sightings
Brush Bronzewing 36   Fox 3
Superb Lyrebird 22   Swamp Wallaby 2
White-browed Scrubwren 20   Echidna 2
Bassian Thrush 16   Koala 2
Pilotbird 13   Common Blackbird 2
Eastern Whipbird 7   Brushtail Possum 1
Superb Fairy-wren 7   Rufous Fantail 1
Wombat 4    
  • In addition there were 26 birds that triggered the camera not able to be identified from the image quality to species level.
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Written by Tarra Bulga

Member of Friends of Tarra Bulga National Park.

3 comments

  1. This is both interesting and inspiring. I have been trying to work out how to photograph some of the small birds we have here. They hide in the undergrowth and I can hear but not see them. Fantastic photos you obtained too.

    1. The cameras don’t always pick up a lot of birds, seems to depend on how and where they are placed but they are a great tool for seeing what is out there and picking up their natural behaviors
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