We were greeted by this young koala at the start of the survey:
Checking the trees along Grey River Road:
An acrobatic koala balancing and reaching for gum leaves:
Some koalas were active:
Some were asleep:
Jack showing off his footy jumper:
Oscar first up the steep hill to the transmission line:
A great lunch spot:
A Bassian Thrush on the firebreak:
And the count was just 71 koalas - much lower numbers than previous years. We wonder why!
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.