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’.

8 responses to “It’s not a bird … it’s not a plane …

  1. Magical images Geoff. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Helen Schofield

    Wonderful photos! .. as already said above, ‘Thanks for sharing’

  3. Earlier this year science writer Stephanie Pappas kicked off #CuteOff which drew 1641 tweets in its first week. Based on contributions she determined seven essential ingredients of cuteness, in order: big eyes, youth, tininess, fur, mammal, smiling and domestication.
    Why isn’t this smiling?

  4. She hasn’t heard the news about Paddy Dangerfield yet?

  5. What a ripper Geoff!! Great photos!

  6. Fantastic photos. Someone suggested on this blog once that you should produce a book Geoff. I’d hate to be the editor deciding which photos to include.

  7. Though the ‘morning morsels’ were snapped up in the afternoon, it’s more about treats for you before your driving chores get underway.

    But look at this gorgeous little beast . . . Surely, makes soft the heart.


  8. Thanks for the beautiful photos of our most favourite resident, literally! When not running up and down our verandah, or looking in our windows,they are regular visitors to our kitchen,unfortunately requiring relocation, since their needle sharp teeth will chew anything sweet, or savoury. The use of lethal traps or poisons for rats and mice, means that many of these delightful creatures meet a sad end, since their existence is not widely known. Non-lethal traps are inexpensive and readily available. Relocate to a stony area, with hollow logs or stumps at least 2 km from home (they seem to like dry stone walls). Partial to dry biscuit with peanut butter.
    John Wilson, Yandoit

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