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Southern Brown Bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus) on Mt Lofty.

Below are links to eight videos I took in 2009 of wild Southern Brown Bandicoots (the pouched marsupial Isoodon obesulus) foraging in vegetation near the edge of the visitor observation area on the summit of Mt Lofty.

I was told by locals that several wild bandicoots lived in the vicinity of the summit at the time. They are apparently attracted to the observation area by scraps of food left by visitors. On one occasion in dim evening light when I was standing quietly next to one of the outdoor seats one came onto the observation area and underneath the seat.

Southern Brown Bandicoots have a very limited distribution in South Australia, being mostly restricted to some remaining patches of natural habitat on Fleurieu Peninsula and northwards into the southern and central Mt Lofty Ranges, on Kangaroo Island and in the South-East, and possibly still in very isolated locations on Eyre Peninsula. They are very shy, and predominantly but by no means strictly nocturnal. Most South Australians even long-time bushwalkers never see Southern Brown Bandicoots in the wild.

They are very vulnerable to bushfires and to predation by introduced species, and depend almost entirely on preservation of areas of natural habitat for their continued existence in South Australia.

There are no copyright restrictions on these photos and videos, other than to keep the information shown for ten seconds at the beginning of the videos, either as is, or accompanying the video as a caption. Anyone is free to share or otherwise use them without permission. They were filmed with pretty low pixel count by todays standards and may not be suited to display on screens larger than desktop computer monitors.

An unexpected animal call at the 23 second mark in video number 1 may be from a bird resident in the nearby Cleland Wildlife Park, or perhaps an escapee from the Park calling. I don't recognise the call and I'm pretty sure it's not a naturally occurring species in the Mt Lofty area. There are a couple of other sounds in the video collection that may be from animals in the Park. One may be from a Tasmanian Devil.

To watch a representative selection of the videos I suggest watching:
number 1: close-up footage of foraging bandicoot
number 3: a bandicoot ambling across the terrain
number 4: a foraging bandicoot
number 7: a bandicoot suddenly bolts for cover
number 8: a bandicoot hears a bird alarm call and bolts

8 video files from camera converted to reduced megabyte mp4 files

number 1 21MB 1min 46 secs

number 2 15MB 1 minute 17 secs

number 3 8MB 53 secs

number 4 9MB 1min 4 secs

number 5 6MB 38 secs

number 6 5MB 25 secs

number 7 6MB 45 secs

number 8 3MB 28 secs


The 8 straight from camera mov video files (in same order as above)

number 1 124 MB 1mins 36 secs

number 2 87 MB 1 minute 07 secs

number 3 56 MB 43 secs

number 4 70 MB 54 secs

number 5 36 MB 28 secs

number 6 19 MB 15 secs

number 7 45 MB 35 secs

number 8 23 MB 18 secs

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