April 2018 Field Visit – Narrandera Common

Everything happens in April. This is just a fact of my life somehow. But! I promised I would try to go somewhere in April, and so I managed to just squeak in a late-day visit to Narrandera Common yesterday, after the annual koala count had ended.

I usually attend the koala count, but was unable to this year, but I figured I could head out there in the afternoon and at least find the beribboned trees the counters had located koalas in. In about a 2 hour period I managed to find three. The rest must have been cunningly hidden, or at least away from the trails I was following. I did speak to a local person who had participated in the count, who said they’d found a total of 29 koalas across the whole count area, so I guess I just needed to look harder for the marked trees.

While I was making my way around, looking for trees sporting ribbons and koalas, I took a few pictures of other things I saw, and just as the light was going I stopped to take some pics of a small group of kangaroos, and was super excited to see a wallaby nearby. Said wallaby was then kind enough to stay put, nearby and plainly visible, while I tried to take some photos in the fading light.

So here are my photos from my little trip to Narrandera Common yesterday:

River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) tree - complete with mistletoe - on Snake Island in Lake Talbot
River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) tree – complete with mistletoe – on Snake Island in Lake Talbot

Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) on a river red gum
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) on a river red gum
Closer shot of the galah
Closer shot of the galah
Tree with a yellow ribbon tied around the trunk
At last – a beribboned tree!
Koala up a tree, viewed from below
Koala number one (Phascolarctos cinereus)
A small group of Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata)
A small group of Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful Doves (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia striata)
Gnarled old river red gum tree
One incredibly awesome tree
Different angle of the above tree, showing large hollow in trunk
Other side of the awesome tree – that was one huge hollowed out trunk
Orange bracket fungi on a fallen branch
Funky fungi
Orange bracket fungi on a fallen branch
More funky fungi on another fallen branch
Messy stick nest in a tree
Someone’s nest
River red gum tree with a yellow ribbon tied around the trunk
Beribboned tree number two!
Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a river red gum tree
Koala number two
River red gum tree with a yellow ribbon tied around the trunk
Beribboned tree number three – when the light was starting to fade
Koala in high tree branches silhouetted against the sky
Koala number three was up quite high
Closer view of koala in branches silhouetted against the sky
Closer view
Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the dusk, with light reflecting from their eyes
Demon roos with their glowy eyes
Eastern Grey Kangaroos in the dusk, with light reflecting from their eyes
Oooooo
Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)
Swamp Wallaby! (Wallabia bicolor)
Swamp Wallaby! (Wallabia bicolor)
Thank you for your patience friend wallaby

See you in May!

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2 thoughts on “April 2018 Field Visit – Narrandera Common

    • riverinawildlife May 2, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Demon roos and drop bears – reasons to avoid the Aussie bush at night.

      …I do feel bad about letting the camera flash go off in their eyes, I hope they weren’t dazzled for too long.

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