This recently dead brush- tailed phascogale was found on a roadside , he was still warm when we picked it up and was in almost perfect condition, one front leg was broken but no other reason for the death could be found. This provided a wonderful photo opportunity . It was a young male and I think he has a smile on his face.
It was found in April 2015. The season has been favourable for the phascogale populations in Ruffy with many reported sightings.
Male phascogale found at Ruffy.
The granite creeks of the Strathbogie Ranges are the focus of a new Goulburn Broken CMA river health project .The Hughes Creek winds through remote and rugged country reminiscent of outback central Australia as it drops from Ruffy to Tarcombe. The Seven Creeks at Gooram has similar characteristics . Project Manager, Mark Turner outlined the project at last months Conservation Management Network meeting and Jim Castles will explain more at this months meeting. We hope to be able to add value to their project.
Hughes Creek lower gorge
Hughes Creek waterfall at “Woodlands”
Justus and Erwin scramble onto a boulder in the Hughes Creek.
Steep terraces protect this remote location.
Ruffy Weekend walkers exploring Hughes Creek middle reaches
It’s nesting time for these woodland birds, though don’t bother looking for a nest! Bush Stone-curlews once occurred throughout northern Victoria, but are now seldom seen – not because they’re cryptic (though they are!), but because there’s something about our agricultural landscape that makes it tough for them to survive. More images and information about curlews on Trust for Nature’s Bush Stone-curlew blog.
Pinniger Cairn, Garden Range, Strathbogie Ranges.
After we posted some stories of Pinniger Cairns in the Strathbogie Ranges, Daryl got in touch, telling us he knew of another cairn, this one in the Garden Range, east of Euroa. Here’s Daryl’s account of his recent visits to the Garden Range and some earlier photos of the cairn.
Walking in the Garden Range yesterday was just beautiful, but it’s surprising to see so little water at this time of the year; it’s a real sign that farmers should take note of.
The hills presently are just dazzling with a sea of small growth golden blooming wattle, nodding blue lily, various pink and purple wildflowers, happy wanderer and even a dozen or more of what I reckoned were (10 cm high light green) delicate species of the sundew – aka carnivorous insect trap plants.
Observed a very old degraded stone wall part way up on the way in – obviously made by man. Bonzer day with just perfect weather for walkabout. Only about 8 kms rambling but at times hilly and occasionally thick scrub. Continue reading
Agile Antechinus (Antechinus agilis).
Whenever I see a dead parrot on the road, or any of the variety of other wildlife that occasionally is found deceased, I tend to think of the immortal words uttered by John Cleese in the famous Dead Parrot Sketch … “This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!”
There are no parrots in this post, but the daisies are doing well. This little fellow (above) was found dead by Spring Creek Rd, Strathbogie, resident a few months ago. It’s a male Agile Antechinus, a small carnivorous/insectivorous marsupial that’s quite common here in the Bogies and across much of southern Victoria. Continue reading
Just another Euroa intersection, but look carefully …
There, on the far corner, sitting in the grass, see them? A pair of Masked Lapwings (Vanellus miles), aka the Spur-winged Plover. These are conspicuous birds at home in rural and urban habitats. They are strong fliers and tend to be quite territorial, especially during the breeding season (around now).
Being shorebirds and related to waders, it’s perhaps not surprising they nest on the ground. But wouldn’t the eggs and flightless chicks be ‘sitting ducks’ for any predator, bird, mammal, or even reptile that comes along? (I hear you thinking) Continue reading
Gooram Falls is a series of rapids, riffles, cascades, channels and deep pools along about 2 km of the Seven Creeks, south of Euroa. In places the stream has eroded spectacular gorges through the granite which, after heavy rain, is a raging torrent. It’s a gorgeous spot and once there, you can imagine yourself to be somewhere in Central Australia. Its so special because, though it’s right on our doorstep, visitors respect and look after the area. There is one walking track along the left side of the creek between the two parking areas. If you leave the track to walk along the creek, take care – the rocks can be treacherous. Normally, at this time of year, the water level is high and Continue reading