I guess if I Googled up ‘Rock Orchid’ I would get a few pages of genuine Rock Orchids. Yep, just tried it, nearly 6 million pages.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way the Greenhoods in Owl Creek will grow very happily in the moss beds on the rocks. In some cases they must be surviving in barely 1 or 2 mm of soil.
I ventured up the gully yesterday and was a little dismayed to see the damage done by, I’m guessing, feral deer. DF and I had seen some evidence of this before, but the extent of it yesterday was alarming. Many plants had been extensively chewed, moss beds trampled, and in quite a few places the bank of the creek was collapsed.
The bird list was pretty good – Crescent and White-naped Honeyeaters, Yellow, Brown and Striated Thornbills, Red-browed Finches, Yellow Robins, King Parrots, Whipbird, Lyrebird, Blue Wrens, to name a few. There were also a few calls I couldn’t recognise and didn’t see the birds, but that might have been the mimicry of the Lyrebird at play. ‘Wild’ birds have to cooperate by, 1 sitting still, 2 in the sunlight, 3 no more than a metre or two away for me to get a half decent picture. A female Golden Whistler obliged for a short while yesterday. One day a male will cooperate in the same way – hopefully.
‘Owl’ Creek being one of the few moist localities around here at present, there was some fungi hiding under the rocks and logs too.
I quite enjoyed the outing, despite the very evident deer damage, and it was another opportunity to give J & N’s Calais a run while they are away on WET Magnetic Island.