I would think fairly obviously, yes. Though I’d give Con the benefit of the thinking it is a wrong word rather than a wrong identification.
From: Robin Hide [
Sent: Friday, 15 July, 2016 4:38 PM To: Con Boekel; canberrabirds chatline
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Crace Pond Swamp Rat
isn’t that a Water Rat - (Hydromys chrysogaster)?
-----Original Message-----From: Con Boekel [ Sent: Friday, 15 July 2016 4:16 PM
To: canberrabirds chatline
Subject: Crace Pond Swamp Rat
A Swamp Rat can now be seen from time to time swimming around Crace Pond.
When the Coot see it on the surface, they follow it from a distance.
Also present this morning: Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Wood Duck (copulating yesterday), Non-Pacific Black Duck (quite a ferocious fight between two of them this morning), Purple Swamphen.