My wife had family over from the UK (her auntie and her cousin – who I had already taken out looking at possums). My in-laws joined us to, with my wife and kids – so quite a crowd! The plan was to walk to the lookout – enjoy the view and then have a picnic morning tea after.
I had told my wifes cousin we had seen quenda (southern brown bandicoot) at Lesmurdie Falls before but we were walking in the morning to accomodate our 4 week old baby, so I didn’t like my chances!
My son had a lovely rock climb before the rest of the family came.
On top of the world!
The bush is just lovely here.
On the walk there my son stopped to throw stones in the river and I spotted a male rufous whistler fly into a tree just in front of us (a lifer for me!). Of course I forgot my camera and the smartphone is not great at getting bird shots.
The view is fantastic from the lookout – see the pano at the top & below!
I missed seeing a few skinks that a couple of the family saw – probably king skinks.
We then setup our morning tea and then amazingly were visited by a friendly quenda – I get the impression they wait until people are eating and then get scraps!
It was awesome for my nature loving cousin-in-law to see another wild native marsupial – she had seen wild Western Grey Kangaroos the day before at Serpentine Falls.
My son is not afraid of anything so of course came in for a closer look!
A great day outside and more wildlife in the Perth region!
My wife’s cousin Elise was visiting from the UK and was keen to see some Aussie wildlife.
We headed to my possum spot in Gosnells (John Okey Davis Park – end of Prince St, Gosnells) – this was my third visit see here and here for previous reports. Elise spotted the first two which is great for a first time possum hunt!
There seemed to be quite a few pairs – I assume these are the babies that are out and about for spring.
We also spotted a nice moaning frog – it only had one eye but seemed ok.
It was a great night – 15 odd possums all up and Elise was so pleased to see her first wild possums.
After a couple of evenings spotting possums in Gosnells – blog entry here & here – I wanted to try another spot along the Canning River heading closer into the CBD of Perth. My brother lives near to Hestor Park, Langford just off Spencer Rd not far from the corner of Nicholson and he was happy to come along with me.
I have never been into Hestor Park but its a pretty large area with swampy regions, cut grass regions and trees backing onto the river – there are also houses on the other side of the river straight onto the bank.
We walked for 15-20 mins thinking the night was a bust – I spotted one cat unsure if a roaming pet or feral and a possible frog on the other bank of the river. We then spotted a really timid possum that dashed for a hole in a tree – I not seen one so scared at Gosnells. Anyway we continued and started to see more.
All up we saw about 8 possums – so good to see they are further along the river – now I want to try in Wilson and possible Bannister Creek!
Common brush-tailed possum @ Hestor Park, Langford
We also saw this little lass protecting her eggs!
A good night with success and possibility of other sights!