Its all in the name

Rename a native rodent from water-rat to its aboriginal name “Rakali”, and you can change the public view on an ignored animal. A family of Rakalis on the St Kilda break water has been semi-tamed via a local fisherman feeding them bait, fish and little cheese snacks. The Rakali has a varied diet and can be quite aggressive in its hunting. I have seen one kill an injured Pink-eared duck at the Werribee Treatment Plant.

St Kilda pier and break water is a good place to get up close and personal with the Rakali family as well as the nesting and roosting Little Penguins. On this visit most were still out hunting and I only found one Penguin down a rock crevice burrow.

Little Penguin, St Kilda break water, Victoria 27 Dec 2016

Little Penguin, St Kilda break water, Victoria

Rakali, St Kilda break water, Victoria 27 Dec 2016

Rakali, St Kilda break water, being fed a snack (notice the rear web feet)

Rakali, St Kilda break water, Victoria 27 Dec 2016

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Rakali, St Kilda break water, Victoria 27 Dec 2016

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4 responses to “Its all in the name

  1. Still enjoying this site enormously and now planning a trip to Mallacoota inspired by your photos. Meanwhile the lakes under the Westgate Bridge have become a breeding ground for Coots and Stilts. A recent trip yielded some great baby photos. Dianne Clark

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  2. Thank you. Would love a list of sites and places to visit. You are very generous. Is this a hobby or profession for you may I ask please. Your website is great, photos are terrific. Dianne

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    • Thanks Dianne, just a hobby, started learning about birds and travelling around the state of Victoria, after a few years of photographing birds to help ID them I started just trying to take better photographs – it just takes a bit time and patience. Let me know when you go to Mallacoota and I will out the spots to sus out.

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