Bredbo ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey

Nine properties participated in the Bredbo ‘Who’s living on my land?’ wildlife survey. Twenty-two species were detected from 10,167 photographs, including eight native mammal species, eight native bird species and six introduced species.

Native Mammal Results

All of the properties detected a native mammal species on their property. The most commonly identified was the Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus).

We identified four macropod species – Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and a Wallaroo (Macropus robustus). We observed adults and joeys of most of the species.

One the same property, we observed two species of possums – the Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus). We also spotted a Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus).

 

 

Native Bird Results

We detected eight native bird species in this ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey – most of which were only detected at one property. The low numbers of bird species are expected as this camera survey is targeting ground dwelling mammals. We were very excited to spot the Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata) which is listed as a vulnerable species in NSW. The Speckled Warbler forages in leaf litter for insects and seeds and is generally found in grassy Eucalypt or Cypress woodlands. The Speckled Warbler is in decline due to habitat fragmentation, fallen timber removal, weed incursion and predation by foxes and cats.

Speckled warbler
Speckled Warbler (Chthonicola sagittata) – thanks for the ID Rainer!

The Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen) was the only bird species that we saw at multiple properties, but we also saw another large passerine: the Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina). Australia’s largest Bird of Prey, the Wedge Tailed Eagle (Aquila audax), landed at a camera site where a Kangaroo carcass was nearby. Other bird species identified in the ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey included the Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera), Grey Shrike Thrush (Colluricincla harmonica), Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) and the Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae).

Introduced Species Results

We detected six introduced species in the in the Bredbo ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey. The European Red Fox (Vuples vulpes) was the most commonly observed invasive species. The other introduced carnivore observed in the survey was feral cats (Felis catus). We also found key prey species of foxes: hares (Lepus europaeus) and rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Feral pigs was the only hooved animal detected in the survey. We found Black Rats (Rattus rattus) at one property which, interestingly, was far from human habitation..

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