Predictions of wet, cold and windy conditions on the day of our annual koala count proved to be true. However, seven people braved the elements including Patrick’s six year grandson, James.
Group minus the photographer
The conditions, and the lack of light made finding koalas difficult, and we walked for quite a long way before we glimpsed our first two koalas, one on each side of the road.
Not easy to see
We walked the usual route up Grey River Road searching the roadsides as we tried to locate the koalas bunkered down in the trees
Searching the roadsides
Patrick and James were excited when they spotted one that the others had walked past.
Patrick and James
Phil managed to get a close up photo with his telephoto lens of a rather damp koala snuggled down on the tree branch
a bit damp
We did our best regardless of the weather. Alison and Phil sheltered under their umbrella
umbrella to the rescue
Along the ridge the rain was constant and severely hampered our survey.
We arrived back at the car park at 12.30 having recorded our lowest ever number of koalas since we began our annual counts. Our total was 31.
We drove back to Wye River where we had lunch at the covered Barbeque area on the beach and watched the huge waves crashing onto the shore. After lunch we made our way home.
Lunch under cover
Patrick was entranced by the waves crashing almost to his feet.
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.