Friday, September 15, 2017

Things in Paddocks

Dave and self, braved the inclement forecast today and checked out the bushland reserve at Outtrim.

The recent and current rain has resulted in plenty of temporary or casual water in the paddocks. Coots, herons, lapwings, various ducks, etc were all delighted.

The scores of Nodding Greenhoods were on their last legs. As we scanned the trees and the ground, we were being scanned ourselves from afar.

We renamed the reserve at Outtrim, Grey Fantail Central. We ticked 15 birds in little over an hour, including Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike and Red-browed Finch. Considering the weather, we thought our bird list wasn't too bad.

The predicted "increasing showers" had arrived and we headed for home.

Just north of Beena we were delighted to glimpse a White-necked heron stalking prey in the wet grass. As we stopped to 'get a shot', an Egret flew in to join the picture.

Dave crept closer for a better shot much to the interest of the resident horse – and my delight!
Who's creeping up on who?
"C'mon Dave, I'm getting wet, stop horsing around"

Our final good sighting for the day was a Shellduck. Very smart looking ducks I reckon.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Noojee Trestle

Last weeks expedition was Dave's turn and we ended up at the Noojee trestle bridge. To my shame, I have to admit this was a first time visit for me.

Rebuilt and repaired several times

In brief, the line from Warragul was opened in 1919, chiefly to extract timber from the wonderful alpine forests in the Latrobe River catchment and surrounds.

1934 - 'Railway Victoria'

Over the years, the line, including several bridges and indeed the town of Noojee itself, were destroyed by several bushfires.

Must have been hard yakka to build in the early 1900s
Today the bridge forms part of a popular rail trail for walkers and cyclists

The line closed in 1954. Acouple of interesting historical notes for further reading occur here, (Weekly Times), and here, (Wikipedia).

The elevated position gives some nice views of surrounding bush ...

The approach road through some re-generated bush
Typical fern gully bush seen from the bridge

Nice one Dave, thanks.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Flames in Settlement Rd

After 'lucking out' at Woodlot Lane Reserve in Tooradin the other day, Dave and I headed home with the best part of the outing thus far being the Silver Gulls at the jetty at cuppa time!

Approaching home, we turned into Settlement Rd and pulled up beside the sewerage ponds. Way in the distance on the main pond among the grebes and coots was a nice raft of Shovelers. Across the road in the paddock, Dave ticked a family of Flame Robins.

The flames, along with some cooperative blue wrens, kept the cameras going for a half hour or so.

As often is the case, a trip of around 100km resulted in the best results a couple of kilometres from home! We weren't complaining however.