Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Mallacoota October 2016 (pt 4)

On the dog walk to town this morning we saw a relatively unusual sight.  Was it a Road runner?
 No, it was just an Australian Pied Oystercatcher in an unusual spot!
 Later in the afternoon we went to Captain Stevenson's Lookout at the end of the Caravan Park, which gives a good view over the mouth of the Inlet.  There were several species of wader there today including about 18 Bar-tailed Godwits of which some are shown here with the gulls.
 And others with 2 Caspian Terns.
 Our main walk had been under the powerlines to the West of town.  This had been slashed severely 2 years ago but is now back in business as excellent heath.
 Lots of Burcharduia umbellata (aka Milkmaids).
 No idea on this one, but there was lots of it and it's pretty!
I have concluded this is Xanthorrhoea resinifera.  Most of the plants are still at the brown spike stage...
... or worse are deformed ...
 .. but this one was in flower.
 Here is a close up.
Even closer.  The red dots are the 5 stamens while the green ring circles the (much harder to spot in the field) style.
 Thelionema umbellata
 Comesperma ericinum
 Pimelia linifolia
 Epacris impressa.
 We thought this was the white form of E impressa ...
 ... but on looking closely the leaves are totally different (green arrows) and so is the tip of the spike (red arrows).
We wondered about something to do with Cryptandra but can find none of that genus with anything like this form.  HELP please.  Here's a close up.
 I am confident this is a Dillwnnia and it looks very like D. brunioides  The problem is our field guide (based on Sydney) and the ALA reckon it stops at about Jervis Bay.  HELP!
 There was a massive amount of pink Boronia, shown in close-up yesterday..  Here is a bank of it leading into the forest beside the clearing.
As we were getting close to the end of our interest levels a track appeared to take us to the other side of the clearing.  Following this we were rewarded with a large Prasophyllum elatum.
 In close up, I think thought this is different to the one we photographed yesterday but have been advised by an expert that it is in fact the same species.
 Although it was very windy, and less than 20C there were heaps of sun orchids out.
 I'll finish with these spiffy moss sporangia.

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