A portrait of a red-necked pademelon (Thylogale thetis) at Lamington National Park.
The red-necked pademelon is from the kangaroo family of Macropodidae and is small in size with a body length of 29–62 cm (0.95-2.03 ft.) and a tail length of 27–51 cm (0.88-1.67 ft.). The red-necked pademelon is closely related to the red-legged pademelon.
Pademelons are mainly nocturnal and are generally quite shy. They hide in the forest during the day, emerging onto the grassland to feed at night.
I encountered this red-necked pademelon on a bushwalk in the rainforest at Lamington National Park, that was busy foraging in the grass, and briefly stopped and popped its head up for a photo, while I was staying at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.