On Saturday 19th July, despite the recent wet, cold weather, seven people braved the elements to participate in the annual Koala Count.

Group

Our walk took us along Grey River Road through the lush forest of the Great Otway National Park.

Group on road

We searched for koalas on both sides of the road and also took the opportunity to observe the general condition of the trees.  ‘Generally they are in good condition, however there are areas where the trees are obviously under stress from over-browsing  as well as many dead trees mainly on the outer edge of the forest.

Koala

We managed to spot 65 koalas before lunch.  When we reached the ridge overlooking Grey River, we found a nice area  of grass where a family group of Eastern Grey Kangaroos were resting, They reluctantly moved on and we sat  in the sun, and had lunch.

Kangaroos

On the way back we saw another 34 koalas, making a total for the day of 99.

Koala

As well as koalas, there were many birds active throughout including Grey Shrike Thrush, White-eared Honeyeaters and Crimson Rosellas  On the way up from Kennett River, a group of Satin Bowerbirds flew across the road. and a pair of Wedge-tailed  Eagles circled above us and over the valley.  We also heard a Rufous Bristlebird calling from the depths of the forest.

Koala

Everyone enjoyed the koala experience and a very enjoyable walk through our very special National Park.

Kaye Traynor

Koala photos by Chrissy Freestone

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