Saturday, February 18, 2017

Adams Creek NCR Feb 2017



Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve is situated just west of Nyora.

The 450ha reserve consists mostly of coastal, (sandy), heathy woodland and is surrounded by large sand quarries.

A small dam just inside the entrance was our first stop for the day on a recent visit with Dave. We were entertained for some time with the bathing and drinking by a range of birds – White-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters, Grey fantails, Little Wattlebirds, et al.
The scrub around the dam was very 'bird-friendly'
My not very good shot of a White-naped Honeyeater
We only 'explored' a small part of the property but were sufficiently inspired to return at a more seasonally appropriate time for a much more detailed reconnaissance.
Getting a shot of a Bee Fly occupied me for awhile
Christmas or Jewel Spiders were abundant. We tried not to damage their webs


We only saw the one Swordgrass Brown
There was plenty of prey on the ground for this Echidna
I think this is a Slender Ringtail Damselfly - hard to focus
This garden Orb hadn't finished taking down its web

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Odes in Bunyip State Park

The slow moving Bunyip River and some casual water beside the road were the locations within the Bunyip State Park for some odonata sightings recently.

The Bunyip River at Aqueduct Track
'Casual' water beside the Bunyip River Rd
Location

Dragons and damsels are challenging to me on two fronts – photographing them and identifying the species.

A large as yet unknown Damselfly

The tiny Aurora Bluetail was a challenge

This is possibly a Powdered Flatwing

What a wonderful world!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Picnic at Cranbourne …



… with the grandkids.


As we walked to the picnic ground a furry brown animal ran across my foot. A little further on, it or its friend, paused just briefly enough for me to get a shot. Checking the image I decide that the stick out the front makes it look like an ‘elephant bandicoot’, better get another one. Too late – gone!

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Some low depressions in the vicinity were awash with a blue flower I’d not noticed before. Strange looking thing. This’ll be fun, requiring a little research. Turns out to be the plant of many names – Trailing Pratia, Swamp Isotome, Blue Star Creeper, Matted Pratia. From different sources it even has several scientific synonyms – Pratia pedunculata, Isotoma fluviatilis, Lobelia pedunculata and Laurentia fluviatilis.

Pratia sp

Commonly used as a ground cover it seems but can be invasive in a garden situation.

A few of the flowering eucs nearby were attracting armies of Plague Soldier Beetles. Not such a worry for the gardens apparently, (link to a CSIRO site).

Plague Soldier Beetles

They’re really only pollen/nectar eaters and when they assemble in large numbers it’s principally for breeding purposes.

Harmless.

Oops, better check the playground. 

Don't be alarmed, they're harmless too.

All ok, both still alive!