Yesterday I headed north-east a few kilometers and squeezed in a couple of hours chasing some winter orchids. I’ve been watching closely the mosquito and greenhood sites on the golf course but so far we only have some leaf. (About a month ago I did tick a Tiny Greenhood though).
At Stockdale the Nodding and Trim Greenhoods were relatively profuse. Inadvertently I parked the ute on top of a couple of plants!
Whilst I was really trying to have a ‘plant day’, I couldn’t resist clicking an Eastern Yellow Robin that got just within camera range at one stage. I love seeing this little bird and just wish I could tick one on the golf course – they’re quite common in similar habitat very nearby.
|Eastern Yellow Robin|
In May last year I stumbled on some Cobra Greenhoods in this locality and after some ‘bush bashing’ through some thick re-growth areas I found half a dozen plants still flowering.
Here and there up on the drier ridges a brilliant Common Correa flower would catch my eye. I managed to find a single flower low enough and behind a log out of the wind to get a shot.
My wish list for the day included the Helmet Orchid but I dipped out there. Still, it was very pleasant - now I just need to wait a few weeks for the suite of terrestrial winter orchids on the golf course to show.