Creatures of the night, at least last night…

The tall forest of Narrow-leaf Peppermint, MannaGum and Victorian Blue Gum on Boundary Hill support a variety of nocturnal vertebrates.
Swamp Wallabies, or Black-tailed Wallabies (Wallabia bicolour) are among the most conspicuous mammals of the forest and adjacent pasture/grassland.

Mountain Brushtail Possums, or Short-eared Possums (Trichosurus cuninghami) have always been a common member of the arboreal fauna, though numbers seem to be much lower than in the 1990’s, before the drought.

The Common Brushtail Possum (T. vulpecula) has previously been very rarely seen in this forest. Last night we saw more Common Brushtails than Mountain Brushtails. Yet another indication of a drying environment/climate?

All photos A. Winikoff.

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