Welcome to the News section of the iNSiGHT Ornithology website (www.simoncherriman.com). This blog contains updates about various things I've been up to, interesting environmental issues and observations I make regularly while going about my day. It is designed to be fun AND educational, and inspire you about our wonderful natural world. Happy reading!
Saturday, 6 July 2013
I've just got back from filming rock-wallabies in the WA Wheatbelt region! What is a rock-wallby?
The Black-flanked Rock Wallaby (Petrogale lateralis) is a Threatened mammal once widespread throughout Western Australia, but like many of its cousins it suffered large declines following European landscape changes - habitat clearing, introduced foxes and cats. As part of recovery actions to help increase their numbers, WWF Australia, WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, and local community members have established a predator-proof fence surrounding one of the wallabies' last strongholds. To supplement the population at this location, some animals were translocated from a smaller outcrop of rocks on a private farm. My job was to capture some natural behaviour footage of the wallabies, and then film the translocation as scientists/researchers trapped and move the animals at night.
You can read more about WWFs mission to help save this beautiful animal here.
Posted by Simon Cherriman