The group enjoyed a summer evening in the forest having a barbecue tea before the spotlighting activity.
It was great to have some of our younger members join us for this special occasion.
Some of the early arrivals
Enjoying the BBQ tea waiting for the evening sky to darken.
Group enjoying the BBQ
As we approached the feeding tree we had discovered before that night, the sky became darker and we could hear some of the nocturnal calls of the forest including the Boobook Owl.
Group waiting for gliders to appear
We watched enthralled as about seven of these delightful little creatures entertained us as they moved up and down the trunk of the tree and amongst the foliage – volplaning between trees and then returning to feed on the sap exuding from the cuts in the trunk of the tree made by the larger Yellow-bellied Gliders. As young Ollie said ‘They are cuties!’
Sugar Gliders (Photos by Marg Lacey)
Perhaps because there were so many of us and although very quiet but obviously in the glider territory, the Yellow-bellied Gliders did not appear while we were there. Perhaps they would have come once we had departed as we heard some of their distinguishing calls, and Patrick, Janet and young James had a good viewing of one near the Picnic Ground when they left a little earlier than the main group.
However it was indeed a magical evening and it was really great to be able to share the experience with some of our younger members.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
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.