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Animals of Australia

There are few places that match Australia for its unique animals, especially ts mammals such as its monotremes and marsupials and its abundant reptile and frog fauna.

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Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis, Petauridae: wrist-winged gliders) SE NSW, Australia - infra-red footage

More footage of what to me is one of southeastern Australia's most amazing night-time creatures - The Yellow-bellied Glider is an uncommon to rare inhabitant of forests on the coast and nearby ranges of eastern Australia. It is a hyperactive animal, about 70cm long from head to tail, and is famed for its loud 'blood-curdling' calls which it makes at night as it nosily moves about seeking sap from trees, along with blossom and the odd juicy insect.

I have returned to a spot where I previously filmed these animals in March 2015. This time I have used a focus-able infra-red flashlight as illumination, with the Canon XA20 set to Infra-red. Filmed without any visible light what you see here is these elusive animals behaving normally, going about feeding and interacting with each other 20m or so up in the trees that are their home. A window on their world, which would be very hard to see otherwise.



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