Monday, February 27, 2017

Phillip Island - Feb 2017

Ron and I spent a nice day on Phillip Island recently with some other Latrobe Valley Field Naturalists. The weather was ideal, the tourists and motorbikes not so! It was very pleasant to catch some sea air and of course those seascapes had to be photographed.

Penguins, terns, gulls and geese, were particularly on the bird list, which I imagine was pretty extensive by day's end. A few butterflies too engaged a couple of us for a while.

Black-fronted Dotterel at Swan lake

Common Brown at lunch time

Juv Pacific Gull 'burping' after consuming a meal of well-dead bird of some sort

Juv penguin in a kennel

'Under the boardwalk ...'

Thanks Ron et al, very pleasant.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Adams Creek NCR Feb 2017

Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve is situated just west of Nyora.

The 450ha reserve consists mostly of coastal, (sandy), heathy woodland and is surrounded by large sand quarries.

A small dam just inside the entrance was our first stop for the day on a recent visit with Dave. We were entertained for some time with the bathing and drinking by a range of birds – White-faced and White-naped Honeyeaters, Grey fantails, Little Wattlebirds, et al.
The scrub around the dam was very 'bird-friendly'
My not very good shot of a White-naped Honeyeater
We only 'explored' a small part of the property but were sufficiently inspired to return at a more seasonally appropriate time for a much more detailed reconnaissance.
Getting a shot of a Bee Fly occupied me for awhile
Christmas or Jewel Spiders were abundant. We tried not to damage their webs

We only saw the one Swordgrass Brown
There was plenty of prey on the ground for this Echidna
I think this is a Slender Ringtail Damselfly - hard to focus
This garden Orb hadn't finished taking down its web