Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

November 9, 2018

Wombats and Echidnas

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Bendeela Camping Area

This is my first day on the road to Melbourne and Tasmania. I took off after 10am and drove to Sydney, hopped onto the M7 Motorway and bypassed most of Sydney. It is so boring. It is just roads and roads and roads. Finally I turned off to Mittagong, then Bowral and went down the mountain to Kangaroo Valley, then followed the Kangaroo Valley to Bendeela Recreation Area. There were hordes of campers here. I was not impressed at first but after I went for a walk and seen what was around I was a bit happier. Except when I went down to the river, I nearly stepped on a Red-bellied Black Snake. I do not know who was more terrified, me or him.

common wombat
common wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

“The common wombat (Vombatus ursinus), also known as the coarse-haired wombat or bare-nosed wombat, is a marsupial, one of three extant species of wombats and the only one in the genus Vombatus. The common wombat grows to an average of 98 cm (39 in) long and a weight of 26 kg (57 lb).” (wiki)

Common Wombat
Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)

And here is a wombat with a young one. Not sure at all how old the baby is.

Short-beaked Echidna
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

I was walking along the fence and just glanced over towards the dry creek when I spied an echidna rooting around in the side of a bank. I snapped away furiously. Previously I only had photos of their backs in long grass so I was happy to get some decent shots.

Short-beaked Echidna
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

“The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus Tachyglossus. It is covered in fur and spines and has a distinctive snout and a specialized tongue, which it uses to catch its insect prey at a great speed. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.” (wiki)

Little Corella
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

“The little corella (Cacatua sanguinea), also known as the bare-eyed cockatoo, blood-stained cockatoo, short-billed corella, little cockatoo and blue-eyed cockatoo, is a white cockatoo native to Australia and southern New Guinea.” (wiki)

Kangaroo Valley birds and animals

Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus)
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)
Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)

Little Corella
White-faced Heron
Satin Bowerbird
Laughing Kookaburra
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Masked Lapwing
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Noisy Friarbird
Common Myna

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