Monday, 8 June 2015

Heath, cliff at Shipwreck Creek

Note the comma and the gap between the two natural features.  I am not going to channel some bloke from Wuthering Heights no matter how much I admire Kate Bush.

Dawn was pleasant, but didn't seem to develop as luridly as other days.
Here are some flowers from gardens up the road.  No idea of this first one.
Hakea laurina - the pincushion Hakea
A spiffy, but unknown eucalypt.
This looks to be an indigenous eucalypt, but the key point is that it was full of blossom which attracted a heap of birds.  I am sure there were 30 New Holland Honeyeaters, 10 Red Wattlebirds and a dozen Rainbow Lorikeets behind the foliage.
A Superb Fairy-wren in the gutter.
A Restless Flycatcher, resting after doing its scissor-grinder call while hovering over a lawn.
A Great Egret seen near town on the dog walk.
Our main walk today was from Shipwreck Creek out into the heath along the Old Coast Road.  The core of the heath is Allocasuarina nana with many other plants in the base of this dense scrub.
There was also some Hakea, of unknown species, including this species with pointy fruits.
The ground seemed sandy and dry, but Drosera sp (sundew) usually indicates dampness.
Patersonia sp.
A bean!!  Possibly Bossiaea sp.
A good specimen of Correa reflexa.
This is a daisy of some sort sort.  To be sorted later.
Banksia marginata.
This is the woodland in which the car park is located.
The car park is in good condition, unlike the road in, which was basically 12 km of potholes.  I guess they don't grade it out of peak holiday season.

Here is the cliff.  Note the direction of the strata on the LHS, which has been subject to some serious folding!
A fungus found just off the beach. I am taking a punt on Russula sp. but both my books reckon they are highly variable within species.
Nice white gills suggest to me some form of Amanita.  Whatever: it didn't feature on our table tonight.
Two Red-necked Wallabies ...
...  watched me shlepping my telescope around some ponds looking at many (probably 5-600) ducks.  The ducks seemed to register long metal tube = BANG and kept on the move.

There were many power boats - with serious motors -  around on the Inlet today.

I had a suspicion that they were sussing out spots for a Bream fishing competition in the near future.

Land based fishing was also happening.  While on our dog walk this young lad went by on his bike towing a baby carriage (green arrow).  It had a bunch of rods poking out the back (purple arrow) and a red heeler inside - the red arrow points to a dog's hoof just visible.  The dog didn't stay in the carriage long once the wheels stopped moving!

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