|Parched country near Kilkivan|
Leader: Berry Doak.
Our outing started with a visit to Mudlo National Park for a walk and morning tea. There were thirty-six in our group, including three new members and three guests. The park and surrounding district is badly in need of some good rain. The creek is completely dry but a walk along the bush track yielded some interesting birds. There was a Rose-crowned Fruit Dove spotted sitting quietly on a branch and a White-eared Monarch calling but eluding being spotted by most of the group. A cuckoo appeared to be following us as we walked along the track. While there was discussion about which cuckoo it was, the distinctive eye ring and pale feet seemed to confirm it was a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. A flowering Giant Blood Vine spotted near the track aroused quite a deal of interest. A Brown Falcon and a beautiful Rainbow Bee-eater were seen as we travelled to Tony’s property.
|Rose-crowned Fruit Dove. Photo by Vincent|
This excursion provided an interesting contrast to the two previous excursions to properties on the upper reaches of the Mary River. The property straddles the edges of two catchments; the Mary River catchment to the east and the Burnett catchment to the north and west. Because the property is further west there is less rainfall and this is reflected in the vegetation types. The country is more open with Casuarinas lining the seasonal creeks. Tony led the way to an area where there are patches of scrub along the watercourse as it leads into the higher country. Clinging to some of the callistemon trees along the creek were Dockrillia liguiformis orchids, commonly called tongue orchids.
|Gympie Nats under the giant fig on the hilltop. Photo B. Hughes|
|Batwing Coral Tree being visualised (Photo B. Hughes) and result|
|A Lace Monitor treed in Mudlo National Park|
|Large Grass Yellow - its caterpillars feed on cassias, sennas, and other legumes|
Whites & Yellows: Large Grass Yellow, Caper White, Yellow Albatross, Lemon Migrant
Nymphs & Satyrs: Wanderer, Lesser Wanderer, Common Crow, Blue Tiger, Meadow Argus, Australian Painted Lady, Glasswing, Evening Brown