Header: These above three images are of Red-necked Pademelons and were taken on motion-sensor cameras.
One morning, four years ago, our Land for Wildlife Officer Catherine Madden thought she saw a pademelon blur past her in Upper Brookfield. Since then she had been trying to confirm her sighting as these elusive animals are an uncommon sight in the Brisbane City Council area. Everyone she spoke to said that pademelons hadn’t been seen in the area for years.
We regularly see wallabies on our property, and we referred to them simply as ‘small’ wallabies and ‘big’ wallabies. The ‘small’ wallabies come regularly as a family group to nibble at grasses on a track adjacent to the house. The ‘big’ wallabies have a white mark on their cheeks and are often encountered when we are working in the bush. We had also seen what we believed to be pademelons scurry very fast across our access road. We promised Catherine we would try to get images of these pademelons with our motion detection camera.
Images, also taken on a motion-sensor camera, are of Swamp Wallabies. Note their dark long tails, dark front paws and pale line along their face.
Initially we set the camera up to capture the pademelons scurrying across the road but had no success. After a deer sighting close to our sheds, the camera was moved to monitor the deer’s movements, but instead of deer, we captured images of both our ‘small’ and our ‘big’ wallabies. Catherine emailed back, “It’s a pademelon! The bigger one is a Swamp Wallaby”.
The camera was assigned to watch birds at our gully pond and what should we capture but another ‘small’ wallaby. “It’s a pademelon!” Catherine emailed.
The camera was then set up to capture the ‘small’ wallabies that come regularly to feed adjacent to the house. At first the images were just in greyscale, and then at last, we had it captured – a colour picture of a Red-necked Pademelon.
Mission accomplished and confirmation that Red-necked Pademelons are still alive and well in the western suburbs of Brisbane.
Article by Tina Heybroek Land for Wildlife member Upper Brookfield, Brisbane