My apologies. August’s Field Visit report is both late and short.
August rather got away from me, but when a friend of mine said she’d seen both a water rat and some echidnas along the Bundidgerry walking track beside Narrandera’s Lake Talbot I decided to go try my luck. My friend took me to where she’d seen them, but unsurprisingly they weren’t hanging out in the same places when we got there, so no water rat or echidnas for me.
My apologies for the great delay in getting July’s field trip post online.
For July’s field trip I decided to head back to Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith. I visited Cocoparra last year, but had forgotten that that visit was also in July, so another apology for the lack of seasonal diversity. Coincidentally both visits were on July 26, which amuses me as it was completely by accident.
I decided to head in to a different part of Cocoparra this time, around the other side of the park and hill from last time, and went to see Jack’s Creek.
Yeah, okay, Port Macquarie is not in the Riverina. It’s about as far from being in the Riverina as it’s possible to be while remaining in New South Wales. Geographically, climaticly, ecologically, the works. But I had to go to Port Macquarie for an unrelated reason this month, and while I was there I visited some rainforest fragments, and they were so pretty I decided to blog about them. So welcome to this month’s instalment of Riverina (and other places) Wildlife.
For my May Field Trip I decided to go somewhere that I haven’t been before – Matong State Forest.
Matong is a small village of less than 200 people, and the state forest area is nestled within the surrounding farmland. It turned out to be bigger than I had expected, although I’m not sure what the actual size of the forest is. Continue reading →
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:
This month has included such diverse activities as:
Helping run a three-day Festival – while also working my day job
Celebrating my grandfather’s 95th birthday
Looking for (and finding!) bats at night at Lake Talbot in Narrandera
Breaking into my friends’ house (with permission and a locksmith) so a visiting artist could borrow an image projector
Attending far too many evening meetings
Spending two full days washing dishes
Making hand-dipped beeswax candles
Pouring concentrated acid down my toilet at midnight
But, alas, it did not include an actual proper field visit. I mean, I got to see bats at Lake Talbot, which was awesome, but it was dark, so I didn’t get any photos to share with you.
In April I will not have a chance to go anywhere until the final week of the month, but I will do my best to go somewhere, because so far 2018 has been a general fail on the field visit front.
Incidentally, if you live in the Riverina or would like to come visit the area for a day or so, Narrandera’s Annual Koala Count will be held on Sunday 15 April at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve. It usually starts at 10am and goes until midday. I can’t go this year, but it’s always a great chance to see wild koalas, so if that sounds like something you’d like to do, I can recommend it as a good day out.
I will leave you with a photo of my candles that I made, because I am very proud of them.