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.)

2 comments:

  1. All those berries and not one bird picture? Amazing.

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  2. There were Bowerbirds and Lewin's H'eaters in the distance feeding. My photography skills are not good enough JW.
    PW

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