Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Morwell and Dawson



Today the opportunity presented itself to do a quick visit to the Morwell National Park. (Quite a contrast to my recent sojourn to the mallee environment of Gluepot in SA). It was easy to tick some old favourites – Eastern Whipbird, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Eastern Yellow Robin -nesting, Brown Gerygone, etc.

White-browed Scrubwren
As I turned a corner in the track, a pair of ‘scrubbies’ was darting about in the leaf litter just in front of me. They didn’t appear too concerned by my presence so I watched for a while and discovered one of their feeding techniques.

1        1  Pick up a leaf that might have some microscopic microbe attached ...

        2 Shake the jiggery out of it ...

3 Lay it to the side ...
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4     Check the surrounds for anything that might have become dislodged ...
   

5 Snap up whatever might have been hiding on the leaf – genius!


Not hard to learn something every day.

Purple Diuris
This attractive terrestrial orchid is described as threatened/vulnerable in Victoria with the main threat being … you guessed it, destruction of habitat. On the way home from Morwell I checked the Dawson Reserve to discover that the plants in this colony were indeed flowering – just.


The DSE or DNRE or whatever they are now do have some projects underway to monitor and protect the remaining colonies of this striking orchid.

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