Yesterday I returned briefly to the old stamping grounds of Heyfield. The Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists conducted a survey of the Diuris punctata, (Purple Diuris or Purple Donkey Orchid), at the small Dawson Railway Reserve. The total number of flowers came to somewhere just under 300 I think, down a bit on the previous couple of years.
Survey over and I continued on to check out some of my old ‘bush trails’ on the Heyfield Golf Course. There wasn’t much going on, the country between the fairways was very dry. However I did come across a few surviving Hornet Orchids in their usual ‘mower-safe’ locality.
Just down the road is a private block of remnant bush that often throws up some pleasant surprises and this time it was the wonderfully weird Duck Orchid.
All in all it was a pleasant and rewarding day in some old familiar territory.