Nocturnal Visitor

Look what we trapped in our chicken coup tonight! A Northern Brown Bandicoot.

The photo is not very good I'm afraid, but it was dark (lit by torch), and there isn't much room in the chicken coup.

View all photos taken: Friday, 29th May 2009, This photo: 9:10pm

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  • looby88 said:
    its coot- ha ha, I like its whiffley nose !
  • jaclyn_teh2000 said:
    Still good capture..n can see the rat's eyes very good with the light..
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Great capture , well maybe yes or no.....
  • -Bennie- said:
    nice work mate....... so what are you going to do with him???
  • Debbie from Brisbane said:
    Do they eat chickens? Or chicken food? He looks kinda scared, did you let him go?
  • David de Groot said:
    Poor little fellow was soooo scared.
    Ah, not a rat, much bigger than that, this is a Bandicoot - a native marsupial about the size of a rabbit.
    hehehe The eye, alas, is out of focus.
    We let him go, took a lot of coaxing to get him out of the coup though.
    Chicken food. He seems to like it so much he forced himself through the chicken wire on the floor, but couldn't get back out the way he came in.
  • looby88 said:
    I looked them up on Wikipedia, interesting little things, bless it : )
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Great capture David and how privileged are you to get a visit :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Yep, quite interesting, and I like having him about, I just wish he'd not keep trying to break into the chicken coup.
    Thanks Cecily, yep, it's great having these little visitors, just not so great having to free them from the chicken coup.
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol, visions of David in the chicken coop !!!!
    Great shot David, what a privilege !
  • David de Groot said:
    Little bugger was back the night before last and then last night he managed to move the rock we'd put over the whole he was using to get in. Determined, and strong...
  • looby88 said:
    super coot ! I guess you could always give him/her its own food supply , your own little bit of endangered wildlife conservation ! You gotta love its determination, and at least it doesnt eat chicken ! !
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I'd prefer he ate natural food rather than chook pellets, but yes, very glad it's a bandicoot and not a quoll.
  • looby88 said:
    I had to look up quoll !! I learn quite a bit from viewing your photos !!
    quolls it appears are also in a bit of trouble, the only species thats doing well ( too well ) on the planet is us... oh and rats probably.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah, those pesky cats and foxes have made life as a quoll quite difficult.