I returned to Shady Creek yesterday. A couple of days earlier when I was just reccy-ing the place, I had a pleasant encounter with a Spotted Quail-thrush. Despite putting in considerable effort I couldn’t sight one again yesterday and I will have to try again later for a photo – I will just HAVE to.
I haven’t quite worked out the geography of the place just yet. I have discovered the locality is called the Sweetwater Creek Nature Conservation Reserve. The place is located on a bit of a north-south ridge and the eastern flanks slope down to the Latrobe River, (I think), and the western slope is catchment for Shady Creek. Once I’ve learned a little more about the place I’ll do a Pete’s Places entry.
The eastern slope of the NCR is covered with wire grass and bracken in between motor bike tracks! That’s being a little unkind as I did see some Common Heath in flower already. There were a few plants of the white form nearby too.
On the other side, (Shady Creek), in the wet gully along the creek I ticked an Olive Whistler, Lewin’s Honeyeater, Lyrebird, Brown Gerygone and perhaps a Pink Robin, (maybe).
I took a walk along a track leading away from the creek and came across a single fungus, that judging by the fresh soil around the sides, hadn’t long pushed through the surface. I think it is one of the Amanita species.
The fungi–insect symbiosis is not fully understood in many cases, certainly not by me anyway. One thought is that the flies are attracted to the fungi as a source for egg laying and in the process they help disperse some fungi spores.
This one was attracting flies and gnats.
About three weeks ago we suffered several days in a row of smoke from some controlled burns in the area and I came across a patch where one burn had taken place.
Not a good look at present, but it might be a good locality for some interesting wildflowers this coming spring.