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.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Catching Up ... a little

Once again, other matters have been getting in the way of posting anything recently. I really need to organize life a little better. The bitterly cold weather hasn't been helping either. Once upon a time the elements would not prevent me from exploring any chance I was able but the old bones these days are beginning to complain a little.

These two lichens in Woodlot Reserve at Tooradin caught my eye. 

Also at Woodlot Reserve, on the shores of Westernport, a Great Egret strode by, not being too concerned of our presence.

The wonderful Ironbark at the rear of the Drouin library has been the venue of some rowdy feeding parties recently, including the ever present Rainbow Lorikeets.

A Nodding Greenhood with a runny nose caught our eye in a small patch of bush at Lang Lang.

Doesn't seem to matter the season, the weather, or the location, there is always something to focus the Fuji on.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Briefly at Adams Creek

It's always a delight to get a first-for-the-season, even a common-or-garden Nodding Greenhood. Saw my first one this year at the AdamsCreek NCR recently. Plenty of leaf in extensive colonies, so a return visit for a 'group photo' is on the cards.

Also saw this fungi/lichen(?) on some dead Tea-trees. No idea which kingdom it's in let alone what species it might be – so much to learn!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Belated Catch Up

Once again, I have fallen behind in posting here. Such is life. Anyway, here we go with a bit of a catch up of some of the things I've come across in West Gippsland (and environs) lately.

The splendid Cobra Greenhood is always a delight to encounter as Dave and I did on Mt Cannibal recently. "A beautiful species rarely encountered in the wild, and known from very few, widely scattered locations." – Jeanes & Backhouse. Some references cite P grandiflora as 'vulnerable' or 'near threatened/rare' in Victoria. There were half a dozen plants in this little colony under a tangle of fallen branches, (preventing grazing?).

Earthstar Puffballs are common and widespread. These I found at Lang Lang. When the 'rays' open, they do so with enough force to push away leaves and debris from the base of the puffball, believed to enable better spore distribution.

This pair of Gang-gang Cockatoos watched me for some time at Thornells Reserve near Drouin. I was stumbling about in the understorey of a small patch of Strzelecki Gums, looking for winter orchids and fungi.

I seldom drive past the Lang Lang Primary School Arboretum without having a quick walk around this mini-oasis in a desert of farmland. Recently, both the Hairpin Banksia and the Heath Banksia had some blooms. The Hairpin Banksia specimens are I suspect wild plants whereas the Heath Banksia is a cultivated plant – this is an arboretum after all.

Also near Lang Lang recently Dave and I encountered the often-overlooked Tiny Greenhood. Such a tiny plant is easy to miss amid the tangle of undergrowth, but we found a couple of colonies right on the edge of the track, which made discovery a little simpler for our old eyes.

I am always astounded that in this wonderful little corner of our planet, you can venture forth and discover natural delights at any time of year.