It’s not a bird … it’s not a plane …
It’s the return of a Mia Mia Track favourite – the Yellow-footed Antechinus.
These small dasyurids – carnivorous marsupials related to Quolls, Tasmanian Devils and the sadly extinct Tasmanian Tiger – are very common in the local bush. The woodlands around Mia Mia Track support a healthy and active population. At this time of year the males are dying off after a frantic breeding frenzy over winter, meaning this individual may well be a female with pouch young.
Yellow-footed Antechinus, Mia Mia Track, 3rd November 2015.
The Yellow-footed Antechinus is equally at home on tree trunks as it is on the ground.
I was about five metres away when taking this shot.
Yellow-footed Antechinus are wary beasts – they will sit motionless to survey their surroundings before deciding it’s safe to move to a new location. They seldom stray far from a ‘safety hollow’.
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