Saturday, March 29, 2008
Swamp Wallaby in Robertson Nature Reserve
I have long been aware that there are Swamp Wallabies reported occasionally in the Robertson Nature Reserve. I have even had occasional nocturnal glimpses of them, myself, along the roads which run around the edge of the Nature Reserve. I have also heard the occasional "thump" of one crashing its way through the bush in there.Today, however, when the Sydney Fungal Studies Group came to visit the Nature Reserve, looking for fungi, here was this Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) sitting up "as bold as brass" in a patch of ferns, watching the members of the group. It sat there observing us for a minute or more, and allowed us plenty of time to change our camera settings from macro settings to long shots. Then it gently hopped away.Although I had a great time looking at the fungi in the Nature Reserve, this was the highlight for me. I shall process lots of fungi photos and try to get names for as many as possible, over the next few weeks. But tonight I shall settle for the Swamp Wallaby.With only a head view, I could not tell if it was a male or female. A charming Wallaby, none-the-less.