Sunday, 3 September 2017

More Hoodies than a London Riot

I can't remember the context in which that was said and it almost certainly wasn't about Hooded Plovers.  Of which we saw 2 today at Seal Creek in Croajingalong NP.
These seem to be rated as rare and endangered due to their habit of nesting on beaches frequented by bogans and their dogs.  I hope this pair weren't planning to nest where they were sitting as it was well within the wave zone!

Getting back to a sort of timeline and we did a short dog walk this morning.  It was pleasing to be able to identify a Wonga vine (sorry about the vernacular but that is what I call Pandorea pandorana) after checking that the Clematis was that not this.
 A big excitement was seeing a Whistling Kite fly into a nest and sit there.  It is at 1 in this image.  When I look at the image I can see bits of another bird poking out the LHS of the nest (at 2).  Those feathers look to be adult so that must be the other bird of the pair.
The Pittosporum is coming into flower, so there will soon be a new crop of attractive orange berries.
Here is the Clematis glycinoides with Hardenbergia violaceae in the foreground
Getting back to the house a bunch of White-headed Pigeons were positioned on the power pole.  one of them at least was the grubby colour of an immature.
Our main walk today was from Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek in Croajingalong NP.  The track in showed some evidence of recent rain but wasn't too badly potholed.  As we descended to the Creek a White-bellied Sea-Eagle was in evidence.  As it wqas soaring into the wind it was more or less stationary and a photo was possible.
One of the major interests of this walk is that it traverses several plant communities.  It begins with Eucalypt woodland (and has more of this at the end).
A major gully has much Gahnia sp. and flowering Acacias.
On the edge of the woodland a belt of heath is dominated by Acacia sp.
The two main heath areas are Casuarina nana with many other lower species mixed in between.
On the seaward edge of the heath is a belt of Malaleuca sp forest.  This is very dense and almost a monoculture as little light gets through the canopy.
In the first lot of eucalypts there was a very large Tetratheca sp.
This was clearly an orchid and has been identified by an expert friend as Glossodia minor.  I have been wanting to see this species for ages!
The first Patersonia sp of the season were spotted.
A collection of beans.  Identifications welcome.  I have forgotten so much I can't get these below family level.

This one I will claim as Comesperma volubile.
Pimelea sp.
Corea reflexa: I have taken many photos of these but they are so spiffy I can't ignore them.
Hybanthus mopnpetalus
A less flashy Acacia sp.
Some of the Casuarinas were beginning to flower.
An early Drosera (Sundew).
Hmmm: possibly Mentha sp?
Unusual birds looking spiffy get a second photo!
Even the rocks at Seal Creek look spiffy.


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