The Glenmaggie Flora Reserve just down the road from home is as dry as chips. Despite the rest of Victoria getting some decent rain recently, we tended to miss out - again, scoring only showers of just a few millimetres, when others were getting 20's and 30's or more. The nearby ranges copped a lot, and there is still a fair bit of snow to yet melt, so our rivers are generally at good heights at least.
Anyway - the Glenmaggie Flora Reserve. I visited the place yesterday afternoon and was surprised to see a little water in the one waterhole. I sat for a while and watched. The usual Grey Fantails were busy and I thought that would be about it but gradually a few others began to sneak in - Silvereyes, Crescent, White-naped and Scarlet Honeyeaters and a Mistletoe Bird were all present. They were all fairly wary and I didn't manage to get any photos. Nice to see them, but.
Whilst the leaf litter on the ground crackled underfoot there were a few orchids displaying, Wax-lips and White Fingers in particular. In one spot they were in close proximity to one another and I had to decide which to take a picture of first. In this dry old bit of country I decided it was a draw as to which was more beautiful, so I snapped both of them.
|White Finger Orchid|
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