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19 thoughts on “First Dog on the Moon and the bandicoot

  1. zut alors

    Matt would be familiar with Psephotus gloria if his thesis encompasses east coast mainland parrots.

  2. drovers cat

    Lucky dog – you saw the Tassie trees before they all go after Saturday. Just like the 100km of melaleucas Newman has cut down on the Bruce Highway median strip for “safety” reasons

  3. rhwombat

    Awww. Thanks for sharing FD. As you feel about Perameles gunnii (gunnii!), I feel about this cartoob. This is a van into which I will gladly lurch.

  4. paddy

    Such a lovely “get in the van” FD. (sniffle)
    It’s left a definite hint of moisture in my eye.

  5. klewso

    Did you see any feral Abetz while you were combing through that bush?

  6. Michael Chapman

    We had bandicoots in the back yard in Sydney. I think the owls found them.

  7. Andybob

    Nocturnal, lives for just two to three years and is not gregarious. It all seems so resigned and well-behaved. Imagine how gregarious we’d be if we were nocturnal and lived for just two to three years.

  8. Dez Paul

    How awesome is the Masked Lapwing? And nothing like the Plover.

    Did the bandicoot do any interpretive dance? Not even an interpretation of Toady’s and Will’s (who?) impending arboreal carnage?

  9. Dez Paul

    Oh, and Scientists rock!

  10. fractious

    Nice story First Dog. Close encounters with special things like that always leave a lasting memory.

    See also w w w (dot) iucnredlist (dot) org/details/16572/0

    @ Michael, one winter’s night a few years back I heard a fair bit of clanging and clattering going on outside the back door which I thought I’d better investigate. I opened the door, turned the outside light on and saw four long-nosed bandicoots (the species that turns up in Sydney) surrounding one of our dogs’ steel food bowls that I’d forgotten I’d left out there, two of them *inside* the bowl. When the light came on they stopped what they were doing and all four gave me a sort of old-fashioned look, as if to say “Yes? Was there something?” I sort of shuffled and cleared my throat a bit, like you do when you’ve been put on the spot and don’t quite know how to proceed. After a second or two’s pause, I sort of mumbled and apologised for the interruption, turned the light off and shut the door. I swear they all had a good laugh after I’d gone.

  11. ernmalleyscat

    What a lovely evening at “The Marj”. Glad you got to see some Bandicoots before they’re barred from the north, west and south as well.

    I must admit I would have been bitterly disappointed if the best sighting was just some stupid Masked Lapwings. Is there a more hysterical bird?

    “Oh I think I’ll use this cleared mown grass as my home and I’ll just lay my eggs in a little scrape on the ground in full view. And then I’ll scream constantly, even all through the night, because someone is coming near my stupidly exposed eggs. ERK KEKEKEKEK!!”

  12. Venise Alstergren

    Just love the friend with a beard. Ditto the guide with four eyes. I hope you threatened to count all the bandicoots that are left after Tony Abbott’s instructions to clear-fall the forest.

  13. rhwombat

    Michael@#6: owls or cats?

  14. AR

    Nobody would have complained had you squeezed the bunnies until the cotton tails popped.
    I rilly, rilly expect you to find a Thylacine and bring it home – try getting it drunk, I hear that they are very fond of single malt.

  15. drmick

    Yeah AR that was my question; was this before or after the whisky stop tour? Obviously no ferals at Marjories Memorial Oval.

  16. Plonkoclock

    Fractious and Michael, my sister here in Cairns has bandicoots (and bush hens, scrub turkeys, and a plethora of other bird life ) in her garden. My very urban cat was sitting at the glass door at night when a bandicoot hopped close by. She was up on the kitchen counter in a flash, with a mingled look of horror and astonishment on her face at the biggest rat she had ever seen..

  17. rhwombat

    Plong: the term pussy comes to mind.

  18. PDGFD1

    Awww… pleased to see ya chin(s) is/are up again…
    If you and Kukelka happen to be peddling through Deloraine in the cool of the evening… swig your last dregs and check out Bandi’s mates… never saw ’em dancing… but then there’s always one ‘artsy’ member in a crowd.

  19. Dez Paul

    @emc – you do the Lapwing a grave disservice. I think it’s actually a clever tactic to nest as they do – exposed, near humans – ’cause few predators will have a go in an exposed area controlled by humans. They only need to worry ’bout humans then….. Having said that, they can be annoyingly noisy, especially at night. Cheers.


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