Last night, Sethy and I (and pa) went on a cadets trip to the You Yangs. The weather was meant to turn, and it started at 7, so there was a very low turnout. By low, it meant it was just us and the cadets leader!
This was fine by me, as it meant Sethy could have a chance to learn. He was pretty scared of foxes and possible wolves, which is consistent behaviour. He gets like that at the bush block. But, he actually went for the bushwalk and saw a lot of animals along the way.
The primary animals were possums and kangaroos. It took a while before we saw any possums, most of which were brushtail. We saw two soggy ringtail possums towards the end.
We did see a number of grey kangaroos, which I quickly learned were diurnal. There were rabbits skuttling along. We learned that there are goats on the other side of the you yangs!
In terms of birds, we didn’t see any owls or nightjars. We did see two birds near the entrance. They were white/light grey in colour, thin tail and were the size of a honeyeater or cuckoo shrike. Neither of us had the equipment to get a closer look.
We did find a number of spiders and learned that they respond to UV light. A couple of birds of prey use that type of light to detect mice wee and zone in on it.
Would love to do more spotlighting with Sethy as he’s a little nerd. Also keen to get him to the Werribee treatment plant as I’ve just hit 200 birds and he really needs to catch up 😉