I checked recently and its been just over 2 years since I started this blog and this is my 49th!
I started with my first ever sighting of a wanbenger or Brush-tailed phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa).
Brush-tailed phascogale @ Mundaring
A year ago I shared my first blog anniversary post and I feel its been a pretty good past year as well – with more family involvement which is wonderful. Liam, my 4 year old son, has joined me on a number of my adventures and also my beautiful wife Mel. My daughter is now 19 months old – so she must be getting close to her first possum hunt and has come on many family bushwalks.
These were my target species from my first anniversary blog – 3 out of 5 now seen – not bad.
- Numbat – seen my bucket list animal!
- Red-tailed phascogale – photo evidence now
- Mardo (yellow-footed antechinus) – need to do more research – some people see at Dryandra often
- Rakali (water rat) – haven’t had a chance but heard of sighting at Lake Goollelal – so will have to try there.
- Tammar wallaby – saw in Tutanning – still not been able to find a way onto Garden Is at night.
I have seen quite a few new species this past year but the highlight has to be my first numbat and maybe second a great viewing of a red-tailed phascogale that allowed me to take photos.
Red-tailed Phascogale @ Tutanning NR
This next year I have a few new species on the list and a couple from last year still.
- Blue whale – I have a Blue whale trip planned that was meant to be a few weeks ago but there were boat troubles with the commercial tour operator – hopefully I will be able to reschedule soon.
- Mainland Quokka – I have also been researching mainland quokka sites that are not that far from Perth.
- Pygmy possum – I have information of a location at a certain time – so hopefully come November
- Mardo – carry over from last year
- Rakali – carry over from last year
- Honey possum – still not seen one – might need to go for a trip to Cheynes Beach.
I am also hoping to find a few more frog species – looks like I have now seen all the 5 local burrowing Heleioporus species – with the Hooting frog (H. barycragus) a couple of weeks ago and I have had confirmation that the unknown frog we found at Tutanning is like a sand frog (H. psammophilus).
Hooting frog @ Chidlow
Sand frog @ Tutanning
Quenda @ East Perth
Chuditch @ Dryandra
Turtle frog @ Bold Park
Bobtail @ Piney Lakes, Melville
Moaning frog @ John Okey Park, Gosnells
Quacking froglet @ Whistlepipe Gully, Lesmurdie
Today marks one year since I have been blogging and I thought it was a good time for some reflection and also planning for the next year! Above are a few of the photos of the wildlife I have seen this past year.
I started blogging on 11/05/2016 with the spotting of a Wambenger (otherwise known as a Brush-tailed phascogale) in the Perth hills. This was a carnivorous marsupial I had always wanted to see and after following a few clues I finally saw a wild one.
Wambenger @ Perth Hills
Since then, I have written 32 blogs covering all sorts of different wildlife – mainly from around Perth, but also from Sydney and down south in the Ferguson Valley and Bremer Bay.
Swamp Wallaby @ Warriewood Wetlands, Sydney
Some of the stand outs would have to be seeing Orca (Killer whales) on a pelagic bird watching trip.
Orca Male @ off Rottnest
Finding strange looking turtle frogs!
Turtle frog @ Bold Park
And perhaps the best of all was a trip to Dryandra about 2 hours out of Perth where we saw Woylie and also Chuditch (Western quoll) which I have always wanted to see.
Chuditch @ Dryandra
This next year I have a few target species:
- Numbat – I haven’t seen a wild one before and will require time at Perup, Boyagin and/or Dryandra during the day.
- Red-tailed phascogale – I have seen twice before but never managed to get a photo
- Mardo (yellow-footed antechinus) – it is a small carnivorous mouse-sized marsupial
- Rakali (water rat) – it is a large native rodent found around Perth but they are pretty cryptic – I have tried a couple of times this year with no luck.
- Tammar wallaby – I need to try and get over to Garden island where there is a good population.
I have also signed up for a bio blitz in Woodanilling (few hours south-east of Perth) later this year in September. If you have not heard of a bio blitz before it aims to get a group together for a short period to record as many observations as possible.
I look forward to this next year of blogging and sharing more wildlife experiences with you. I also need to keep working on the information side of the site – where I have been documenting how to find wildlife around Perth. It’s a work in progress.
Huge thanks go to my lovely wife who minds the fort when I am out & about and also edits my writing! Thanks also to my enthusiastic 3 year old son Liam who is very keen to come out with me at night, but he doesn’t stay up late enough quite yet, however he does join me during the day. And also my beautiful 7 month old daughter Sienna – she joins us bush walking and is not afraid of a snake!
Liam with Quenda @ Lesmurdie Falls
Sienna with Carpet Python @ home
And to my friends and family who join me on my adventures and also encourage me via chats, emails and blog comments.