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Flowerdale feature renamed

September 30, 2014

DSCN0773On a stretch of fence at the head of a gully on our property (which we named ‘Wombat Gully’), the top two strands of barbed wire are caught up together, see photo right. (We haven’t got to replacing the barbed wire out there yet.) I can only think that a large animal has pushed at the fence and twisted the strands on its way through. Ouch! Kangaroos generally scramble under the lower wires and deer usually jump over the top. Maybe it’s the Flowerdale Panther! Time to use the motion-sensing remote camera.

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IMG_0248We attached a camera to a tree facing the twisted strands, figuring whatever passed through the first time would do so again at the same location. After a week—nothing! What we did capture though was a range of creatures looking after their young—a young Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) following mum (presumably) down the slope, a thoroughly lazy Eastern Grey Kangaroo IMG_0054(Macropus giganteus) joey with mum (fact). Only seconds earlier, the joey was grazing from the pouch while mum was grazing. Also captured is the rear shot of a Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) with an obvious pouch full of arms and legs and tails. No large animals pushing through the fence. No panthers.IMG_0196

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The conundrum about the twisted fence wires remains unsolved. However this valley will now be known as Nursery Gully.

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IMG_0001P.S. I have included a gratuitous photo (left) of a Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) wandering by. No young in sight, but too good a sighting not to include.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. ccobern permalink
    September 30, 2014 8:12 am

    Barbed wire on fences can be a terrible hazard for wildlife.
    This website has information on building wildlife friendly fences.
    http://www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com/WFF/Home.html

    • ronlit permalink
      September 30, 2014 8:49 am

      Thanks for that Chris. You are right about the hazards. This blog-site is littered with horrific examples of what can happen when animals (birds, insects, mammals) and barbed wire interact.

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