Wild South East

a nature blog of south-east Victoria, mostly Gippsland

Around the traps

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It has been a busy month for me so far. Not only was I involved in a long awaited survey near the Gippsland Lakes for the threatened New Holland Mouse but I’ve also just purchased a whole new camera setup. The only problem is I’m still learning the buttons and settings of this camera plus getting use to my new lenses. Apart from a bridge camera (cross between a compact and DSLR) I haven’t purchased a proper DSLR since 2007 and a lot has changed since then!

Anyway, below are some of my pics from the last 1½ weeks around various sites in Gippsland.

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Grey Shrike-thrush. Darriman Reserve, Giffard.

 

 

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Sunset from Eagle’s Nest lookout, Inverloch.

 

 

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White-lipped Snake found during the New Holland Mouse survey. Gippsland Lakes, Vic.

 

 

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Agile Antechinus. Gippsland Lakes, Vic.

 

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Agile Antechinus getting revenge!

 

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New Holland Mouse, Gippsland Lakes, Vic

 

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Xanthorrhoea in the early morning. A favoured habitat for the New Holland Mouse.

The New Holland Mouse has only been recorded at 3 locations in Victoria in the last 15 years and these are Wilson’s Promontory, Providence Ponds and Gippsland Lakes, all within the Gippsland region. Originally the species was widespread throughout south-eastern Australia but is now restricted to fragmented areas of NSW, QLD, Victoria and Tasmania. We ended up trapping over 20 of the little guys near the Gippsland Lakes so this was a major success. We also had infra-red cameras set up which detected them as well.

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2 thoughts on “Around the traps

  1. Craig, you managed some lovely shots with your new camera! I would be interested to know what camera you bought, as I am doing a bit of research myself for a new DSLR. Hopefully I will be able to save up for one this year, fingers crossed. Leah 🙂

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    • Thanks Leah. I finally decided to bite the bullet and get a good DSLR setup after using amateur level cameras for too long! My new camera is a Nikon D500. The lenses are the Nikon 18-55mm VR, a Tamron 150-600mm G2 and a Tokina 100mm macro/portrait lens. The Tokina is the one I mostly used for this post and had a macro flash setup (Nikon R1C1) for the close ups. So far I love all the lenses. Hope this is of some help.
      Craig

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