The Forest Boronia is just beginning to flower and as quite often is the case, when the shrub is halfway between budding and flowering, the pink buds, pale pink/white flowers and green foliage present a delightful colour palette.
Labertouche, Jindivick and Bunyip State Park are well known localities for this lovely shrub and today I enjoyed coming across quite a patch of healthy specimens in the Nangara Reserve at Jindivick.
I also enjoyed discovering plenty of Tetratheca sp, (stenocarpa perhaps?), or Pink Bells. This attractive slender shrub is a real eyecatcher.
Apparently Tetratheca seeds are principally dispersed by ants, a process termed myrmecochory. Not a high proportion of plants have such an association with ants, but the majority of species that do are found in Australia.
A cuppa back at the ute was interrupted by some more spots …
The Spotted Pardalotes must have a nest burrow somewhere near the gate to the reserve. Even after letting my cuppa get cold, I couldn’t find anything, but there was plenty of activity as individual birds came and went in rapid succession.
Yet another couple of images of a delightful bush bird to somehow squeeze in to the ‘Pardalote JPEG’ folder.