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Phascogale in Strath Creek.

February 17, 2011

Brush-tail PhascogaleLook what’s using a nestbox in Strath Creek!

This nest box was installed several years ago in unburnt bush (Yellow Box woodland, to 15-20m). Its a small nest box with internal dimensions of 11 x 11 x 20 cm, a 60 mm opening and placed 4 m above ground. These are amongst the first images that our remote cameras have taken. Such success early in the project is heartening.

Each infra-red image (IR) has information along the top and bottom margins, including date, time and temperature. The images shown here are just a sample of those taken by the camera, but this Brush-tailed Phascogale, or Tuan (Phascogale tapoatafa) was active early 8:42 pm (sunset is at ~8:23), then a bit later at 10 pm and again very early in the morning  at 5:36 am (sunrise is at ~6:46 am).

The last image was taken during the day (thanks Laurie).

Location – click here then click on ‘satellite’ (top right-hand corner).

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If you live in the project area and have mammals or birds using tree hollows, or if you have an occupied nestbox like this one, get in touch with David & Laurie (focusonfauna@gmail.com) – perhaps we can get shots of your animals.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Janet Hagen permalink
    February 18, 2011 2:26 am

    The slide show works really well . What a healthy looking Phascogale,such thick brushy tail . I like the photo with the pair of glowing eyes looking out .
    Please post more Phascogale updates .

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