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Quenda (Isoodon obesulus)

Quenda (Isoodon obesulus)
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Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 117] (714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2013-04-01
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-08 21:33
Viewed: 2727
Points: 6
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The Quenda (or Southern Brown Bandicoot, Isoodon obesulus) is a charming small marsupial from the South of Australia. It was a much more common species before introduced foxes and cats, and changes to fire patterns reduced its distribution. It is making a come back in the South West of Western Australia in particular, probably because of a long term and large scale state-run poisoning of foxes across most of the region.
They are a light brown colour, about 30cm long and can weigh up to 1kg. They can become very tame, eating dog food and bird seeds. Their normal food is fungi and invertebrates. They dig conical holes in their search for food, turning over leaf litter and increasing water penetration in the soil.
This particular male has been around our block for the past 2 years, and co-exists happily with our elderly dog. He even comes in the shed asking for food! He is re-landscaping the garden with its diggings all over the place (note the sharp front claws). A new quenda, much smaller, has arrived a few weeks ago. If it is a female, it could have up to three litters of between 2 and 6 youngs a year. I am not sure if our garden will survive the onslaught!
Photo taken in colour but changed to B&W to get rid of some unnatural coloured objects.

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Dear Odile
Most beautiful close up of this interesting animal, oerfect exposure with difficult light
I do not know if the b&w is better than the colored one but it seems that we do not miss the colors
Good job and interesting note

really unique species. excellent closeup and good description on species. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-11-09 4:46]

Hello Odile,
Not a common guest on TN. Excellent idea to show us this Marsupial, which I didn't know. The choice of B/W is an option, I however would have liked to see the colour of the creature.
Kind regards

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