I share some mutual habitat with a Rufous Bettong that lives nearby, in Upper Burringbar, NE NSW. Thickets of vegetation, old fallen tree logs, a variety of niches to set up a nesting spot and stay for a while to live. This could definitely be appealing to a Rufuous Bettong.
The gully and surrounding land is part of this Rufous Bettong’s territory. Its home and backyard. This land was sprayed last year with glyphosate. Since then, the tall grass has died and fallen over.
The pathways and resting spots of other small animals that lived there were more apparent for a while after the spraying. Eventually the wildlife re-adapted their travel and lifestyles. The changing of the landscape can have many consequences.
The dead thatched layer of this sprayed gully was quite high, and opened up in places.
The Rufous Betong had nested in one such thatched area when I walked next to it. I disturbed the Bettong and gave it a fright.
Extracting itself from the undergrowth, it thumped away very quickly. Poor dear Rufous Bettong!
Lesson 1 : Aepyprymnus rufescens -RUFOUS BETTONG * = beautiful!!!
lesson 2 : sudden change and human traffic can cause stress to a vulnerable animal… a threatened species listed animal – marsupial… one of 25 listed little darlings
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