The farm “Miro Park” was developed from ‘scratch’ over the past seven years and now has a large home, huge shed and is fully fenced – with a dam in a natural ‘dip’ which is set in a treed reserve that is fenced off from stock.
It is in this reserve that the small group walked, meandering along the tracks in the mild, sunny weather.
Geoff and Dennis strolling towards the dam in the lovely sunshine.
The dam, in a natural forming dip in the landscape – however no water birds were located (on this occasion).
Left to right: Rod, Dennis, Geoff and Chris
Watching the pair of Wedge-tailed eagles soaring in the sky, above their nest, was a wonderful experience.
Watching the eagles
Although the bush area that we walked through showed signs of the drought, recent rain appeared to have had some impact – to the delight of some plant lovers (as well as bird lovers).
Moss and lichen made a wonderful, soft carpet – while fungi was sprouting from a natural fertilizer (kangaroo/wallaby scat)!
The pair of ‘resident’ Wedge-tailed eagles was the highlight of the 19 different species sighted. Their nest is in a tree within the reserve.
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Photo by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos)
A wallaby was also spotted.
Below is a list of all the birds identified:
Total = 19
Bushy Yate, Eucalyptus lehmannii, is an evergreen densely rounded tree to 8m with spread of 3m. It is endemic to the south coast of Western Australia but has naturalised into the Surf Coast cliffs, coastal areas and bushland where it seeds prolifically. The orange flower pods form clusters like fingers extending from a hand and the horned seed capsules are fused at the base in clusters of five to eight.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.