Thursday Photo – Potoroo


Australian Wildlife – Macropods

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A cheeky little potaroo

Thursday Photo is one from the archive today as Hubby and I have been a bit under the weather since Christmas although unfortunately not from excessive celebrating.

Occasionally I go to mind a property that belongs to friends of ours. They are frequently visited by potoroos who covet fruit and vegetables from their garden. They are not tame but they are quite unafraid of humans. I would frequently see them grazing in the garden and they would only hop away if I came too close. 

I had thought that these animals were mainly nocturnal but I took my photos on a winter afternoon. There are a couple of different species of potoroo and I’m not sure which this is. I am a townie and not good at identifying wildlife. My friends said they were always being invaded by potoroos and these are a little smaller than wallabies so I took their word for it. I’ve added some links to sites with more information for people who like the facts. I thought they were cute, my friends think they are furry little thieves. It all depends on your point of view.

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Plenty of them live near this property.

Links:

http://bird.net.au/bird/index.php?title=Long-nosed_Potoroo

http://www.arkive.org/long-footed-potoroo/potorous-longipes/

http://www.ozanimals.com/wildlife/Mammal/Bettongs,Potoroos.html

http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/wallabies.htm

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

2 comments

  1. I have never heard of these Potoroos before, glad they are not here in the UK! We live on the edge of a town with fields 100 yards away. My garden is always being eaten by pigeons, rabbits and game birds. The worst time was at harvest time last year, I went to cut the front lawn and in front of the mower was about 12 harvest mice eating the grass. They were not a bit afraid of me or the mower – I hate mice. I wore long boots for a week – and it was hot weather!

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