Some distance along the track we heard a strange chiming call coming from a bird on the ground. It turned out to be a Superb Lyrebird, scratching for food on the forest floor. We stood and watched it for at least 5 minutes, from 5-10m away. (Frances was holding Tammy to prevent agitation.)
Coming back we were in the bottom of a gully when a pair of Pied Currawongs went completely postal. On getting the bins on them it was apparent they were mobbing a fair sized Lace Monitor. As Frances commented, they worked out it was a worse egg-thief than them!
We were nearly back at the car when a couple of thumps came out of the bush, which both of us thought was a Swamp Wallaby taking off. However there was then some thrashing about and we could see feathers. On going closer it was a Laughing Kookaburra which seemed to be trapped by some vines.
The Brazilian issue.
Some years ago a fair-haired colleague told me a tale. "
It seems a blond heard a news item about 3 Brazilian men being killed in a plane crash. Theystarted screaming about "all those poor people, all those poor people". When asked why they used the word "áll" the response was "I know a million is lots, and a billion is more, so how many is a Brazillion?"In the case of the orchids we found today the answer to their question was somewhere between a squillion and a gazillion. In this first image I have ringed each sun orchid visible in an area about 10m square
I had originally rejected this as a reference only listed it in WA: the Atlas of Living Australia shows it right along the South of the country.}
Our book says that Patersonia need sunshine to come forth. These P sericea had obviously read rthe book.
It was almost an excitement when a possum wandered across the deck at 2030 hrs. I was told that a photographer made more noise, but reckon these results were worth it.