Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mt Worth - HBW May '09

G’day All,
A small number of Heyfield Birdwatchers decided to forgo Mothers Day celebrations and journey to Mt Worth State Park in the western end of the Strzelecki Ranges. The park is probably best described as principally a wet Mountain Ash and tree fern forest, (see Parks Victoria).

The main aim of the visit was to get a look at the bird life. The dense vegetation meant that we really only got glimpses of birds as they darted between secluded spots. Lyrebirds, Lewin’s Honeyeaters, Eastern Whipbirds, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos and White-throated Treecreepers all identified themselves with their calls.

We had to admit, the birds were a little light on, but this was well and truly made up for by the variety of flora species and fungi – just so different from home country. Hopefully the following shots will give some idea…









There's something edifying about wandering through such a magnificent landscape, particularly in company with kindred spirits. Despite the lack of bird sightings, I had a great day!
Regards,
Gouldiae.

9 comments:

  1. Photo #2, of the tree ferns, is great - it's so hard to get a good photo of a fern gully because of the dense shade.

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  2. Magnificent trees and ferns. It looks like a great place to visit. Birds are always hard to find in habitat like that.

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  3. G'day Boobook,
    You're so right. With the fungi, I was often forced to use the flash, which sometimes 'washes' out the shot.
    Gouldiae

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  4. G'day Mick,
    Thanks. I have to admit that after the first 5 minutes we stuck to the plants and fungi.
    Gouldiae.

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  5. Hi Gouldiae
    Terrific Tree, great fungi - especially the blue ones.
    Lovely spot, obviously.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  6. Hi Gouldiae fungi is terrific you seem to have a great variety.

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  7. G'day Neil and Denis,
    Yes it was a fungi sort of day. The variety was stunning. I didn't have a lot of joy with some of the shots, so I haven't posted many of the ones we saw.
    Great spot, worth a revisit.
    Gouldiae

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  8. Hi Gouldiae,
    lovely shots. Unless I'm mistaken, the last of the fungi is an edible one - cooks up to nothing, but a nice 'nutty' flavour.

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  9. G'day John,
    Thanks. I didn't bring the fungi home with me, so I won't be able to try it. We get most of our edible 'mushies' from on the fairways of the golf course. That reminds me, I've got some material prepared for a 'fairy rings in the greens' blog. I should get on with it.
    Gouldiae.

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