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Thirsty weather !

January 13, 2013

M2E1L0-15R350B300We have heard it said that Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps) get enough moisture from their food supply (invertebrates, acacia gum,  eucalypt sap, nectar and pollen) and don’t need to drink. Well, we’ve recently recorded on remote camera a Sugar Glider visiting one of our bird-baths every night for almost two weeks, sometimes twice in a night, and several shots clearly show the glider drinking. With the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing lately that’s probably not surprising, but even after the occasional cooler day the glider still came for a drink.

Another welcome return visitor to the bird-bath is a Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa) which can be seen in the slide show below. Also recorded at the bird-bath were two unidentified bats and a variety of birds including an Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus), a bird often heard in the warmer months but less often seen. To hear its call click on the sound icon below the slide show.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Pamela Miskin permalink
    January 13, 2013 11:35 am

    Thank you for all the wonderful wildlife updates! I love today’s video clip – especially the bat!! Cheers Pam Miskin President Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum http://Www.leadbeaters.org.au

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. January 13, 2013 2:18 pm

    Great little story and instructive too – the benefits of a bird bath.

  3. Susan and Joel King permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:13 pm

    Wow – how amazing! The native bush telegraph is working overtime! I haven’t seen the Oriole around before – we have a Gould lithograph though.

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