Handsome males hanging out at Booderee

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Male variegated fairy-wrens Male variegated fairy-wrens | Image by Chris Grounds

VFW (2) Male variegated fairy-wrens at Booderee National Park | Image by Chris Grounds

VFW (3) The male variegated fairy-wrens kept a close eye on one another | Image by Chris Grounds

Erowal Bay resident Chris Grounds had a treat when he spotted and photographed these variegated fairy wrens in Booderee National Park. The birds were part of a small flock of at least nine birds, mostly ‘Jennies’ or females. Chris said the two males were acting more like ‘great chums rather than competing males!’

No doubt the females were impressed with the boys’ spectacular ‘theatre masks’ and purple and rufous trimming. The males certainly seemed very happy to show off their wares.

It’s not unusual to see this species in Booderee although they are less common and less well known than the popular superb fairy wren. The unusual part of the encounter was to see the…

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Potoroos settling in at Booderee

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At the end of October last year we transferred 27 long-nosed potoroos to suitable habitat in Booderee National Park after they had been extinct in the area for many years. Since the translocation we’ve been monitoring the population closely, using camera and cage traps to determine their survival.

The potoroos have had us guessing the last couple of weeks. We didn’t see any potoroos for about three weeks, but we did see a red fox.

Small mammals are very vulnerable to predators such as foxes so we run a comprehensive – and very successful –  fox control program using bait. This has reduced foxes to very low numbers, but at this time of year we see a number of young foxes moving into the park. Last week we buried the fox bait at the camera site where the fox was spotted.

That same day we saw a small potoroo at the…

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