Saturday, 28 June 2008
Today I was in the garden and noticed a magpie walking on a garden bed with a tuft of small sticks in its beak and watched to see which of the surrounding trees it would fly to. And was very surprised when it flew into the only gum tree in my garden, a Yellow Gum. I searched through the leaf canopy until I found the nest, almost completely constructed. Obviously, judging by the size of the nest and the size of the sticks being added to it, the magpie was fussing with the final touches. So now I'm eagerly waiting for the next phase.
The incubation period for magpie eggs is 20 days and the chicks fledge at four weeks. So I should be back from Queensland just before they hatch. Something to look forward to.
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Monday, 23 June 2008
But there is sunshine on the horizon. Next week we go to Queensland, the sunny state, for three weeks - new territory to explore. Hopefully I can blog while I'm away so don't give up on me.
This rabbit has been living on the campus of Deakin Uni for several years, and I took its photo this week through a wet window so the quality is terrible, but you can see by the colouring that it's not a wild rabbit as such. Several others in the family group have patches of white as well. They often feed out in the open in the middle of the day, and ignore passing foot traffic.
Saturday, 14 June 2008
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Sunday, 8 June 2008
Saturday, 7 June 2008
Friday, 6 June 2008
So, what could have made these tracks in the sand I wonder? Perhaps a crab?
And this one? We dug up the little bump at the end of the trail and found the shell. And buried it again.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
At Wilsons Prom a path meanders between big old banksia trees to Millers Landing on Corner Inlet.This beach faces north so we didn't see the big waves that had been coming in to the beaches on the west coast. Here we found the White Mangroves, the most southerly population of this species in the world. In Victoria the mangroves are quite stunted, and at Millers Landing they looked spectacular because of the surrounding sculptural granite rocks.
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
Monday, 2 June 2008
We saw evidence of wombats everywhere we went - diggings, burrows and scats on the tracks. The scats are rectangular and always in a little pile on top of a small bump or log. In several places we noticed that wire had been put along the banks, presumably to stop the wombats from digging into and eroding the hillside.
I've just been to The Prom for a couple of days - nowhere near long enough - and I'm ashamed to say that it's twenty years since I was last there. We stayed at Tidal River, and explored some of the local beaches and bush walks. My calendar tells me it's winter but last weekend the weather was beautifully calm and sunny. The Prom was looking fabulous - granite mountains, numerous little beaches with boulder-strewn headlands, creeks, dune lakes, fern gullies and mangroves.
This is the estuary of Tidal River with Mt Oberon in the background. A nicely designed footbridge has been constructed across this creek, and tracks lead to the headlands and beaches to the north. The next photo was taken at Squeaky Beach, where the sand really is squeaky and very white. The last two photos were taken at Whisky Beach where the huge boulders looked amazing.