Wallabies of Cape Byron

I finally got hold of a decent camera (borrowed from my sister-in-law) and was able to get some good shots of Australian wildlife. The other night, Nadia and I went on a hike at sunset through the Cape Headland Reserve forest to the lighthouse. I was excited to watch a two Black Wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) . They are found all along the eastern Australian coast and significantly inland. They are also called the swamp wallaby and can be identified by white cheeks and lighter and darker colors on the fur. I have seen many of them here and they are cautious but I note they are used to humans viewing them as they do forage close to the trails, even when people are close by. The aboriginals didn’t eat this species because of the foul smell of the flesh when cooked.

There were many birds along the way and I captured two with my camera. This Grey Butcherbird (below) appeared in a Coastal Banksia tree at the peak of the headland on our way back to the villa. They are related to magpies and get their name from the habit of impaling their prey on a thorn or crevice in a tree. They do this to eat comfortably, save for later, or attract mates. “Hey honey, look what I impaled for you!”

The Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike is often in the trees near the entrance to the trail. The cuckoo-shrikes are a family of birds in tropical and sub-tropical Africa and Australiasia that are not related to cuckoos or shrikes. They have a distinctive undulating flight like a cuckoo, hence the name.


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