Monday, June 20, 2016

Nangara Yesterday, 19th June 2016



It was great to get back up into Nangara yesterday, it’s been awhile.

It was very quiet on the avian front with just the usual suspects flitting through occasionally – Eastern Yellow Robins, Brown Thornbills, etc, and the loud mimicry of Lyrebirds in 2 or 3 localities. One individual had a repertoire of seven different species of birds at least – Kookaburra, Raven, Bowerbird, Crimson Rosella, Pied and Grey Currawongs, Lewin’s Honeyeater and several others I didn’t quite pick at the moment.

The water ferns, Fishbone, (Blechnum nudum) - I think - in particular were appreciating the now wet conditions along the creek banks.
 
Healthy, erect, no brown fronds, etc.
Underside of a fertile frond
 Most specimens had very healthy looking fertile fronds.

Fungi too seemed to be appreciating the season.
 
Scotsman's Beard on a log
Scleroderma cepa I think, on the forest floor
There were several of these hard skinned puffballs
Scarlet Bracket - common on dead wood
The stunning underside fertile pored surface


A favourite bit of bush on the doorstep.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pilotbird



A recent day spent with the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists on a ‘fungi foray’ in the Mt Tassie area proved very rewarding.

As usual, I could barely keep up with the knowledge that spills from these people as they identify and discuss various plants, fungi, invertebrates etc. Not wanting to be a nuisance, I stopped asking how to spell botanical names, which family, why is that different from, etc, very early in the walk. I quickly scribbled down my interpretation of what was said and hit the field guides that night. Perhaps I absorbed 10-20% of the information and here’s some of it … (click on images for a larger version).
 
Hericium coralloides

Pleurotus sp

Chlorociboria aeruginascens

Coprinellus disseminatus
The lunchtime highlight was a visit by a Crimson Rosella and a Pilotbird. The crim very readily chewed on a leftover apple core while allowing the photographers to take their pictures on macro settings.

We were about to leave and Ken interrupted our goodbyes with, “There’s a Pilot Bird under the picnic table”. Lo and behold, the bird strutted into our midst and proceeded to pick at the crumbs at our feet. We were amazed and delighted to see such a rarely sighted species so close up.
Pilotbird, yey!
The bird allowed us to get plenty of photos and despite continual flashes from the cameras, it remained preoccupied with its food gathering task for some 5 minutes or more. We were in a popular picnic ground and car park, testament to the way some individual birds will readily become accustomed to and even benefit from human presence.

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Few Recent Inverts



Herewith a few invertebrate species of late:-


Boisduvals Autumn Moth, Oenosandra boisduvallii

Found in our garden at Drouin. Prefers eucalyptus habitat seemingly and that figures considering our location.
Thanks to DF for the ID, (check out his new Gippsland Mothing blog).


Heliotrope Moth, Utetheisa pulchelloides

A widespread species that enjoys garden heliotrope plants and Patterson’s Curse.


Meadow Argus, Junonia villida

This example was seen only recently in Wuchatsch Reserve at Nyora. Very late in the season.


Tent Weaver, Cyrtophora hirta (probably?)

I found this one in Bunyip State Park back in March. Not easy to see in this image, but I watched it for some time wrapping its prey in silk.