During one of the habitat assessments we conducted recently in the Strathbogie Forest, our team found the nest of a Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) – a rare and important find.
As significant as the nesting site, was the exceptional tree the nest was in – an impressive, old-growth Yellow Box (Eucalyptus melliodora). Measuring almost 1.5 m in diameter and about 30 m tall, this is as impressive and majestic a tree as any in this part of the forest. Trees of this size, age and particularly this species are now extremely rare. This specimen was healthy and had a straight and sound trunk.
The more common eucalypts in this part of the forest are Victorian Blue Gum (E. bicostata), Narrow-leaved Peppermint (E. radiata), Broad-leaved Peppermint (E. dives), Red Stringybark (E. macrorhyncha) and Long-leaved Box (E. goniocalyx), with Red Box (E. polyanthemos) on the ridges. Yellow Box appears to occur in a narrow band where the slopes are more gentle and the soil a bit deeper (maybe). In this area, the steep slopes and numerous ephemeral drainage lines, create diverse environmental conditions so that different vegetation types grade into each other, making for a rich and species diverse forest.
This activity is part of the Strathbogie Forest Citizen Science project and is supported by the Victorian Government – Biodiversity On-ground Action.