Northern Brown Bandicoot

Isoodon macrourus.

Spotted in my backyard this evening. Much juggling of camera and flashes (one on camera, one held at arms length to the left), manually focussed as I could not attain satisfactory AF.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 3rd September 2009, This photo: 7:17pm

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  • accesser said:
    Oh score ! Neat little guys I see one of the other Bandicoot's around home now and then but its always way to dark for a shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    If it wasn't for the floodlight in the dog yard, I'd not have been able to focus.
  • Ross_M said:
    Kewl Dave
    These little guys are no where near as prolific as when I was a kid. I used to make wooden traps (non harming) to catch them and let them go again and this was suburban Brisbane
  • looby88 said:
    decidedly cute !
  • David de Groot said:
    They're strong little buggers too, as evidenced by the hole in the dog-proof fencing wire I put on the base of the chicken coupe!
    But determined to eat my chicken's feed!
    I throw scraps down to this part of the yard (ones the chooks don't like), so I dare say he's well enough fed anyway, but seems to really like laying pellets.
  • maasha said:
    You need to get a flash on the other side of the furry bugger since back light makes the hair stand out ...
  • David de Groot said:
    You are correct. I have a long term plan for that. Need to buy/make some IR beam triggers, setup a nicely arranged spot, bait it, and leave it to do it's thing ;-)
  • SkattyKat said:
    great capture David (has the poor thing been injured or something ?)
  • David de Groot said:
    I suspect it's either a bit of eczema, or he's been in a fight, or more likely, scratched himself squeezing into my chicken coup!
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol dave - make the opening bigger for him :-) he wont harm the cooks will he ?
  • David de Groot said:
    No, but he eats all the laying pellets and scares the chooks so they don't lay the next day.
  • Margot- said:
    You have all the neatest creatures!
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true Margot, I won't argue with you there ;-)
  • AustralisWilds said:
    I'd love to have these guys in my backyard, I've seen them at Lamingtion NP. Nice shot, particularly considering the conditions you were taking it in.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah it's nice to have them around - better when he's not hassling the chooks ;-)