The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Nature Trails

Jan_12 033An almost imperceptible flattening of leaves is often all you see of the discrete, but discernible, trails through the forest. As I followed one this morning, I suddenly realised why (judging by the poop) the kangaroos, horses and foxes follow the track. I had previously wondered why the animals just didn’t roam everywhere through the forest – giving them access to a wider range of plants and more food. Today I noticed how quiet it was walking on the track compared to off it with the leaves flattened and compressed into the dirt. If a prey animal is downwind and can move quietly on a known path, it has a better chance of survival, for the predator, if it can move quickly and quietly it is more likely to get its prey.

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