Pickpocket Diggings and the Antechinus

When I visit Newstead, I like to drop by Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve in Yandooit. One of the spots in the Reserve is called Pickpocket Diggings. It is an old gold mining area with many mullock heaps. It is a popular area for gold detecting enthusiasts. On most occasions I seem to be able to find Yellow-footed Antechinus, a carnivorous marsupial mouse,  hopping across the path to trees in broad daylight. They dont seem to be bothered by people that much and I got pretty close. I watched this tiny hunter looking  for insects at the base of a tree and when it caught something it ran back to its home in an old tree stump. The males only live less than a year and die out in a super charged breeding frenzy while the females live on to raise their pups.

Yellow-footed Antechinus, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Sandon, Vic

Yellow-footed Antechinus, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Sandon, Vic

Yellow-footed Antechinus, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Sandon, Vic

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Yellow-footed Antechinus home, Rise and Shine Bushland Reserve, Sandon, Vic

Yellow-footed Antechinus home

2 responses to “Pickpocket Diggings and the Antechinus

  1. I think it likes being photographed. A mating frenzy sounds good, it’s the dieing part that would be hard to take…

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