Water Rat @ Lake Apex

It's not their fault they don't have feathers! Doesn't make them any less interesting. And just like the birds, it's good to know what species are about locally at any given time.

There's expertise within the club and beyond on most aspects of our local fauna. Let's tap into it.
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rossb
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Water Rat @ Lake Apex

Post by rossb » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:46 pm

Mum and I saw a grey Water Rat swimming in and out of the dead trees at Lake Apex, in the corner closest to the historical village.


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Pat McConnell
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Water Rat

Post by Pat McConnell » Tue Aug 14, 2007 4:14 pm

Good sighting Dan. I have never seen Water Rats there so well done. I have seen them at Cooby Dam but that was a long time ago. Another place I have recorded them was at Myal Creek at Dalby. It is good to see they are still around despite the drought.

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Thanks

Post by birdcrazy » Mon Aug 27, 2007 4:06 pm

Thanks Mr McConnel good to know.

I had never seen one before so I was very excited.
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Rod Hobson
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Water-rats at Gatton Apex Lake

Post by Rod Hobson » Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:59 am

Dan,

Forgive this belated reply to your posting about the Water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster) at Gatton Apex Lake in August last year. I was leafing through my fieldbooks last night when I stumbled on this record. On the 10.06.06 I was birdwatching around the lake when I found a large adult female Water-rat, a few day's dead and floating in the waterside vegetation on the western edge of the lake. It was my first record of the species for that waterbody. Given your find as well it would seem that there is a population of this great native rodent in the lake.

Near Toowoomba I've fairly recent records of the rat from Oakey Creek at Bowenville. Locally I've recorded it in Gowrie Creek near the junction of Mort and Bridge Streets, on the site of the old tannery and car wreckers. I've also seen it at the North Street crossing of Gowrie Creek in recent times.

Gatton Apex Lake has turned up some very odd creatures over the years. When it was drying up in summer 1994 we relocated 29 Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus fosteri) from the lake; a most peculiar find.

Regards,
Rod Hobson
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The Water-rat at Alderley Street

Post by Rod Hobson » Wed Sep 17, 2008 10:28 am

Folks,

Last Wednesday, 10th September while conducting a group of school children around the Alderley Street Waterbird Habitat we found several freshwater mussel shells that had been gnawed by Water-rats. This shell midden is the first evidence that I've had for this great native survivor from this place.

Regards,
Rod Hobson

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