And if you want to see a few videos of the cuties, look here:
After enduring probably the driest summer on record, the 80mm of rain over the last fortnight must have provided some welcomed relief for a parched landscape, its plants and critters. This includes the Rock-wallaby colony, where F2’s young-at-foot was pictured having a nice drink.
KI1’s pouch-young has been pictured outside its mothers pouch bounding around like a rubber band for the first time (pictured).
All wallabies accounted for, including a picture with the most BTRW’s ever captured in a single image – 5!
It is becoming difficult to discern between KI1’s subadult and F2’s YAF as it appears the subadult may be travelling across the colony, however I am 100% sure Ki1 continues to make the journey across regularly (pictured with PY). Ear tagging the subadults would certainly make it easier to differentiate in the future. Something to discuss at the next Recovery Team meeting.
The Moora Creek population continues to be monitored closely and all adult wallabies have been accounted for. After receiving some advice from Kym I believe I have been able to ID the YAF that has been hanging out opposite flat rock at the windblown cave. It has a distinct black spot on its head and white mark on its upper chest (see image). I believe there is only one YAF occupying the windblown cave site and believe this belongs to KI1 (as it is often pictured close to KI1). I therefore don’ think KI2’s YAF still persists in the site but have not lost hope. I continue to detect KI2 without a YAF in tow.
F2’s PY continues to develop and is mostly detected outside the pouch. Male 167, as per usual, spends his time split between the windblown cave and site occupied by F2.
Parks staff have continued to put in late nights at the colony looking out for foxes.Effectiveness has also been increased by getting access to a night-vision rifle scope and night-vision spotting scope. Despite long hours in often mosquito ridden nights, no foxes have been seen. The good news is no foxes have been detected within the colony or at the food lures for over two weeks. If foxes are detected monitoring will continue overnights.
Pouch young of KI1 and KI2 hopping around.Similar age as they look a similar size out of the pouch. In addition, F2’s pouch is certainly enlarged. From the beginning of the Moora Creek Release this is the first time there have been:
- · 3 females with obvious PY at once
- · 2 females with young-at-foot at onceMale 167 demonstrated his strength by moving a rock in front of a camera in order to get some of the lucerne.
Image of female F2 with a pouch young. Many of the previous pouch young have not survived to maturity. F2 previously had a pouch young that was first detected in November 2013, but we have not detected since February of this year. The recent pouch young is definitely new offspring.
The Victorian Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby Recovery Team are unsure why pouch young are not surviving, however it is likely predation from either introduced predators such as fox and cats, or native predators such as quolls or wedge-tailed eagles.This is likely to play a significant role.