May Fauna Survey

Published 11 May 2017 
about  Bon Bon Station Reserve  
Eager eyes doing the early morning check. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Eager eyes doing the early morning check. Photo Steve Prothero.
Bon Bon's 2nd echidna sighting - Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Bon Bon's 2nd echidna sighting - Photo Steve Prothero.
Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) Photo Steve Prothero.
Cuppa time after a week of trapping. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Cuppa time after a week of trapping. Photo Steve Prothero.
A dunnart gets a drink. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> A dunnart gets a drink. Photo Steve Prothero.
Lined-earless dragon (Tympanocriptus lineata). Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Lined-earless dragon (Tympanocriptus lineata). Photo Kate Taylor.
Volunteers, Steve and Jirri gives the thumbs up after completing the setup of the first pitfall trap line. Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Volunteers, Steve and Jirri gives the thumbs up after completing the setup of the first pitfall trap line. Photo Kate Taylor.
An Australian Bustard, which is listed as vulnerable in South Australia. <br/> An Australian Bustard, which is listed as vulnerable in South Australia.
Jumping for joy - all pitfall lines ready to go. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Jumping for joy - all pitfall lines ready to go. Photo Steve Prothero.
Kate Taylor showing Jirri Prothero a remote monitoring camera.<br/> Kate Taylor showing Jirri Prothero a remote monitoring camera.
Volunteer, Thomas Henning releases a Fat-tail Dunnart. Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Volunteer, Thomas Henning releases a Fat-tail Dunnart. Photo Kate Taylor.

This week Bon Bon Station Reserve hosted the biannual fauna survey. The survey was run by Ecologist Aaron Fenner and Bon Bon Field Officer Kate Taylor, and assisted by a great team of volunteers. The group braved the cold and enjoyed the big blue skies and beautiful days in this arid reserve.

In the pitfall traps the group found two Fat-tailed Dunnarts (Sminthopsis crassicaudata) and little Long-tailed Dunnarts (Sminthopsis dolichura), Spinifex Hopping Mouse (Notomys alexis) and a Bolam's Mouse (Pseudomys bolami). They also found a few reptiles, including four different species of skink, a gecko and two dragons.

Kate Taylor said the highlights were the Typanocryptis (a genus of Australian lizards) and catching a desert skink (only the second capture of this species on Bon Bon to date).

While the group were out they also saw an echidna and an Australian Bustard (listed as vulnerable in South Australia).

Thanks to the fantastic volunteers that helped during National Volunteer Week - #GiveHappyLiveHappy!

Bon Bon's 2nd echidna sighting - Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Bon Bon's 2nd echidna sighting - Photo Steve Prothero.
Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) Photo Steve Prothero.
Cuppa time after a week of trapping. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Cuppa time after a week of trapping. Photo Steve Prothero.
A dunnart gets a drink. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> A dunnart gets a drink. Photo Steve Prothero.
Lined-earless dragon (Tympanocriptus lineata). Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Lined-earless dragon (Tympanocriptus lineata). Photo Kate Taylor.
Volunteers, Steve and Jirri gives the thumbs up after completing the setup of the first pitfall trap line. Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Volunteers, Steve and Jirri gives the thumbs up after completing the setup of the first pitfall trap line. Photo Kate Taylor.
An Australian Bustard, which is listed as vulnerable in South Australia. <br/> An Australian Bustard, which is listed as vulnerable in South Australia.
Jumping for joy - all pitfall lines ready to go. Photo Steve Prothero.<br/> Jumping for joy - all pitfall lines ready to go. Photo Steve Prothero.
Kate Taylor showing Jirri Prothero a remote monitoring camera.<br/> Kate Taylor showing Jirri Prothero a remote monitoring camera.
Volunteer, Thomas Henning releases a Fat-tail Dunnart. Photo Kate Taylor.<br/> Volunteer, Thomas Henning releases a Fat-tail Dunnart. Photo Kate Taylor.