Because Nangara Reserve is on my doorstep and because I seem to discover something different each time I visit, I am going to write up most of my visits to the place in a diary format. Hopefully this will present a chronicle of events that will be some kind of record of the rich diversity and beauty of this little reserve.
The entries may not appear in exact sequence. It often takes me some time to research the species of flora, fauna, fungi, fern… that I have seen.
Imperial White Butterfly
These beautiful butterflies belong to the group of ‘Southern Jezabels’, the genus Delias. They prefer a cool climate generally, and often are seen flying high in the canopy and we only get a view of the colourful underside. (The Bioinformatics page of the Museum Victoria has a good top-side photo – external link).
This little bird with the long bill and short tail operates a bit like a treecreeper. It searches for invertebrates in the bark on the trunks and branches of trees rather than near the ground like other ‘scrubbies’.
|Large-billed Scrubwren at work - more info (Birds in Backyards – link).|
|White-throated Treecreeper with those special toe and bill adaptations.|
Swordgrass Brown Butterfly
Whilst there are several races of this butterfly, there are only two Tisiphone species. Both species are endemic to Australia. In many places these butterflies are under threat from habitat loss. As the name suggests, their favoured host plant is Swordgrass and there is plenty of examples of this sedge in the low foothills and damp gullies of West Gippsland.
Gouldiae – corrections etc most welcome.
PS: A couple of interesting bird ticks recently – Black-faced Monarch and Brush Cuckoo.