Glorious Strathbogie Forest – worth fighting for!
A giant Messmate, felled generations ago, survives on the forest floor.
My goodness, there are parts of the Strathbogie Forest that are just glorious. You have to get a little off the track, but the effort is well worth it. Here are a few pics and videos from surveys we’ve done in the last few months. Hover over an image to see the caption. Click on an image to view the slide show.
Dense gullies beneath towering eucalypts – magic and mystery.
A Musk Daisy-bush forest over a carpet of ferns
In flower, the Musk Daisy Bush puts on a show.
Musk Daisy Bush
The epiphytic Bristle-ferns grow on tree-fern trunks where the sun never shines.
Some giant gums with hollows survive and are irreplaceable parts of the forest.
Blackwood Wattles tower over the daisy bushes.
Some Blackwoods even develop hollows – this one appears well-used.
Blackwood Wattle roots form a natural bridge over the Kangaroo Creek.
The Rose Robin is not uncommon in wetter parts of the Strathbogie Forest.
The occasional Blackwood reaches 40 m in height with a diam. of 1 m.
This Koala knows how to relax.
Dead trees are important resources – this is a Greater Glider den tree …
… along Howe’s Mill Tk.
Mountain Gums, Eucalyptus dalrympleana, can grow to considerable size, this one about 2.4 m in diameter …
… and can develop large hollows …
… suitable for large owls and Greater Gliders …
… like this fellow, just emerged from his hollow and still rubbing the sleep from his eyes.
Another forest giant about 2.5 m diam. & several hundred years old.
Striated Pardalotes may be small, but they nest in hollows in these forest giants.
Greater Gliders come in two colour varieties – black phase and …
grey phase Greater Glider, like this one.
But don’t forget to look down, though this Highland Copperhead (Austrelaps ramsayi) isn’t looking for rouble.
Videos are short (10 sec.) adn about 2 MB each.
This citizen science project is a Strathbogie Ranges CMN project. This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.