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Flowering Summer

There is very little flowering in the bush at the moment. Many of the plants that have flowered earlier like the Mountain Berry (Leptecophylla juniperina), are now bursting with fruit and/or seed. The recent rains have triggered some fungus spores to germinate and also (maybe) influenced some flying duck orchids to flower again.

Up till the considerable rains at the beginning of February, the bush was in a very dry state as the Ericson Link Rd fire demonstrated. This dryness often results in an increase in wildlife approaching settlements and road verges in search of food.

The most common would be the Bennets wallaby, followed by the pademelon and the poteroo. The last two look very similar in shape, colour and temperament, although the poteroo is half the size. Whereas the Bennets has a tendency to stand and stare the other two are seldom spotted standing still in the wild.

On Monday the 17th February a murder of crows, numbering in the hundreds and roughly following Launceston Creek, passed by heading south west. They took about an hour to pass and if anyone has knowledge of the habits of crows, I would be interested in hearing from you.

And finally, there is the most intriguing of the native animals, the Echidna. Anyone who has watched their rollicking walk, their rituals at mating or even their attempts to scratch themselves, should be humbled by their ancestry that goes back millions of years further than ours.

Just a few of the many natives appearing at the moment, in the order they appear on left

Common name Scientific name
Mountain Berry fruit Leptecophylla juniperina
Flying Duck Orchid Caleana major
Parson's Bands Eiochilus cucullatus
Hyacinth Orchid fruit Dipodium roseum
Bennetts Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus
Forest Raven Corvus tasmanicus
Echidna Tachyglossus aculeatus


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