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Long Nosed Bandicoot

Perameles nasuta

Habitat:

Now, the northern beaches from Manly to Palm Beach are one of the last strongholds for bandicoots in the Sydney region. There are two significant populations: on Pittwater, and on the coast near Newport. There are also fragmented smaller groups throughout the rest of the area.

Notes:

I always wanted to photograph the bandicoots that I believe responsible for leaving lots of long holes in my garden :). Surprise ... surprise ... I found one at the Newport Arms pub floor at midnight on the way back to the carpark LOL - lucky I had my camera with me :)

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13 Comments

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Wow. I have never seen a Bandicoot, and I'm from Sydney. Well spotted, Chicquita, and my best wishes to the Newport Arms :-)

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 8 years ago

There were supposed to be powerful owls where I used to live but I never could spot one or hear one. Good luck!

Chicquita
Chicquita 8 years ago

Thanks StephenSolomons. I've got pics of a bandicoot, now I am hunting the Powerful Owl. There are 3 sightings on three different old trees at nextdoor suburb of Avalon, one bird just doesn't like sparkly eyes, so I have to wear sunglasses :). Also, I must not turn my back on him, he'll attack me. Oh dear, the beauty of living side by side with the wild animal in the city.

Chicquita
Chicquita 8 years ago

Thanks AliceGreenup, I wasn't fit enough to drive the car home but when I saw this cutie, all of a sudden I could work on ISO and shutter speed :)

StephenSolomons
StephenSolomons 8 years ago

so wonderful to see these little guys in a city

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Great capture! My backyard is always covered in bandicoot holes but i'm never fast enough to photograph them, great work!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Chicquita, you probably have a healthy garden with lots of grubs !. I read that these are prey to snakes and foxes among other animals and they don't like where rabbits have been...so your place is safe with plenty to eat :) - very lucky indeed. Although protected, I believe farmers kill them because they are considered pests.
I believe they knead their prey to a pulp before they eat them - awful but would be interesting to see. Anyway, it's a great spotting. Thanks.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Quality surfer grubs on your side.

Chicquita
Chicquita 8 years ago

Thanks Leuba, most of the time I don't have to aerate the garden soil nor picking up the grubs, my little helpers had done it for me during the night :). Question: I wonder why they choose this little area of Newport that sandwich by the open sea and enclosed waterways instead of Kuringai Chase National Park on the opposite side?

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

What a wonderful find - nice series too. I've been to the Newport Arms but had no such luck !! Must feel great to have them in your garden.

Chicquita
Chicquita 8 years ago

Argy Bee, ShannaB, I am so pleased to know that the suburb where I live is one of the last stronghold for the long nosed bandicoot populations in Sydney - Newport in Pittwater. And also they make home in my garden :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Wow that's special! Well done.

ShannaB
ShannaB 8 years ago

Fantastic, Chicquita!! : )

Chicquita
Spotted by
Chicquita

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on May 2, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013

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