Sunday, February 28, 2016

Inverts Rule or ...

…  a night/day out with LV Field Nats!

Guest speaker at the February meeting of the Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists Club was wildlife photographer Reiner Richter and his topic was Odonata – dragonflies and damselflies.

The following day Reiner very kindly led us on an excursion to the Traralgon Railway Reservoir Conservation Reserve, (Facebook).

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 Above - Bee Fly.
Below - Blue Ringtail Damselfly, (I hope).

Above - Common Bluetail with a moth about to become a meal.
Below - Not so much a Katydid as a Cricket of some ilk,  (note the large ovipositer).

Above - Vine Moth. A fairly common day flyer.
Below - A Gum Leaf Katydid that seems to have its camouflage properties confused.

Above - RR at work, "If you come around this side you will get a good view."
Below -  A Native Bee 'cluster'. Safety in numbers? Threatening image?

Above - Splendid Ochre at rest.
Below - White Rush Moth, (thanks DF). Pretty common around the dam.

Above - A few birds did get a look in on the day.

Thanks Reiner and Latrobe Valley Field Nats for a most enjoyable invertebrate interlude.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Nangara Notes Feb 2016

Finally a proper ‘day in the bush’ at Nangara. Overcast and drizzly conditions aside, it was a real tonic to be out and about once more.

As I walked along the boundary track, Lewin’s Honeyeater and Eastern Whipbird calls exploded up from the wet gully undergrowth. Rounding one bend, a clutch of mixed birds caught my eye – Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills and some LBJ’s, (Brown Gerygones I think). Among them though was a species I’d seen here in previous seasons but not been able to photograph successfully.

Black-faced Monarch

After persisting for awhile I managed to get close enough for some acceptable images despite the limitations of the light, my camera and no doubt its operator! Good to see these summer migrants again as they are a little unusual for us in West Gippsland and I suspect they’ll be heading north again shortly.

Amanita sp

Many locals have been saying for for several days now that there has been an autumnal feeling to some mornings lately and the appearance on the side of the track of some early fungi seemed to confirm that a seasonal change is in the offing.

There were quite a few colonies of these pushing through the ground litter.

Along with some nice views of the gerygones, brown thorns, scrubbies and others, I left for home replete.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

In at Last

The move is over and I’m/we’re over the move. Beautiful new and comfortable home. (Out in a box I reckon).

Anyway, I finally found the camera and some enthusiasm for a few bird shots. The Crested Pigeon is a fairly mundane species with which to recommence blogging I have to admit. However, from a small base …

Allan next door has an antennae tower, not sure why ‘cos ours just sits barely above the roof. Anyway his tower seems to be the feeding station for a family of cresteds.

The young ones sit and adjust the odd-out-of-place feather waiting patiently for their breakfast to arrive.

Finally a parent flies in with a gobful of mash which gets vigorously exchanged.

After the adult has dashed off with its classic ‘whistling wing beat’, (created by a special 3rd primary wing feather), the juveniles return to some mutual preening quite at home - rather like Mr. and Mrs. Gouldiae – finally!