Critter Cam 3

We’ve been continuing to set Critter Cam our infrared camera up in most places we camp out in the bush. We’ve just returned from the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory and spent a lot of nights trying to catch footage of a crocodile crossing the road up there but to no avail! Sadly the camera malfunctioned on the one night it did cross. Cobourg is a pristine national park environment teeming with wildlife both native and feral.

We did however get a big surprise one morning when we checked the camera at Cobourg and discovered footage of a deer….a deer? The last time I saw a deer I was in Scotland and Australia is the last place I would expect to find a deer. Apparently a rare herd of Sambar deer, introduced to Australia in the 1800s, are still roaming around the Cobourg Peninsula.

Sambar Deer at Cobourg Peninsula

Sambar Deer at Cobourg Peninsula

At the same waterhole where we were hoping for a crocodile we also got the following footage….

Kangaroos on the Coburg Peninsula

Kangaroos on the Coburg Peninsula

Kangaroos on the Cobourg Peninsula

Kangaroos on the Cobourg Peninsula

Kangaroos on the Coburg Peninsula

Kangaroos on the Coburg Peninsula

Curlews are endangered bird in Australia. This one visited the waterhole at several points throughout the night:

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

Curlew at Cobourg Peninsula

And finally…wherever we go we always manage to snap a bandicoot but this one is particularly special as these little guys were almost wiped out at the Cobourg Peninsula due to feral pigs and buffalo. Following a buffalo cull the numbers have gradually started to increase again.

Bandicoot at Cobourg Peninsula

Bandicoot at Cobourg Peninsula

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