Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Mt Worth State Park

Dave and I opted on Mt Worth SP for our Friday bush outing recently.

The 'lookout' on McDonalds Tr is often worth a stop on the way up and this day was no exception. The Latrobe Valley was blanketed in fog and if you look closely, the Baw Baws were obscured by a separate smog layer.

A landowner nearby was burning off some stumps, adding a slight smokiness to the atmosphere. The effect down in the park was picturesque, giving us a chance to explore some camera settings other than 'macro', 'flash', etc.

Mt Worth is always beautiful to visit. In the summer the rainforest/tree fern gullies are cool but at this time of year the fungi are beginning to put on their own show. Below is a small sample of some that were easy to find, (IDs definitely not guaranteed).

'Worth' is worth a visit summer or winter in my book!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Old Back at the Car Trick

I did a short reccy on a new found track in Bunyip State Park the other day. Heath Track which becomes Dingo Ridge Walking Track has some promise in the wildflower season, as part of it traverses a power line, requiring some slashing from time to time. This keeps the understorey to a minimum and hopefully will allow some Spring flowers to emerge – my theory anyway.

The birds were very quiet so I just enjoyed the beautiful day in a nice bit of bush.

Back at the ute I put the kettle on and sat for a ten minute cuppa.

Next thing the old saying "birds of a feather flock together" came to mind as a mixed group of species came through the undergrowth – Brown Thornbills, Superb Fairy Wrens and Eastern Yellow Robins.

I got some wonderful views without getting out of my seat.

A larger bird appeared suddenly and to my surprise it was an Olive Whistler and it too paraded right in front of me for several minutes.

The stumble in the creek on the walking track was soon forgotten!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Muttonwood Tree

A stand of Muttonwood Trees within Uralla Reserve at Trafalgar (see note below), contains 15+ trees in heavy fruit at the moment.

Muttonwoods range from southern Victoria up the east coast to just past Brisbane and they seem to prefer growing at the boundary of rainforest and open forest.

The trees in Uralla at present are providing feeding grounds for a range of birds – I ticked Lewin's Honeyeaters and Satin Bowerbirds today – and a recent report detailed a colony of Flying Foxes feeding on Muttonwoods recently in Morwell National Park.

Beautiful Uralla is very dry at present (barely any fungi in sight). The lower creeks and gullies are dry but some of the deeper gullies still provide a pleasant and cool backdrop.

(Note: The Baw Baw Shire link provided in the first sentence describes the difficulty of the walk/ride as 'easy'. I think that refers to the road access from the town to the reserve. Some of the tracks within Uralla are quite steep. There are various options and the excellent information board and various signboards throughout give plenty of accurate advice.)