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It was a pleasant summer evening when the early starters met at the Moggs Creek Picnic Ground at 7.30 pm for a picnic tea before taking part in the spotlight activity on the Moggs Creek circuit track. As there was no sharing of food due to the COVID restrictions everyone brought along their own food which they enjoyed in this beautiful environment.

foodontableChicken, salads, pizza all appeared in various containers

Food always seems to taste better in the outdoors even if sometimes a bit tricky to manage

We had forgotten that with daylight saving it would take some time before the evening would draw in and be suitable for us to set off on our spotlight walk. More and more people continued to arrive until we reached a grand total of 29 with 6 young children included. Pete came to the rescue and entertained the children as we waited for darkness to fall.

gameEnjoying a game in the forest playground

Margaret knew where there were some old cuts from Yellow-bellied gliders on the tree trunks so the group went over into that area to have a look. The gliders use their teeth to chew into the trunk of the tree and then feed on the sap that oozes from the cuts.

cutsThe cuts showed up well in the light from our new spotlight torch

bridgeAs we felt darkness was approaching we headed across the wooden bridge and in to the forest

The children were excited and were to be congratulated on just how well they participated.

headtorchIt’s always fun to have your own spotlight and the headlight is a good one for the children to manage

We were fascinated with the number of spider webs that we observed as we walked the track. We tried to make sure we didn’t damage them as we walked by. They looked so beautiful with the light shining on the silvery threads.

The spider waiting patiently in the centre of its web waiting for a victim to arrive

petePete focuses on the web for people to observe the magic of nature

We heard a number of calls from the Yellow-bellied Gliders but we were not able to find them amongst the dense vegetation.

We were more successful with spotting a giant slug that was crossing the track in front of us. We helped it on its way to make sure it was not trampled on.

slugThe patterns on its skin were most attractive.

We were disappointed not to view the gliders but nevertheless a walk in the forest at night time is a magical experience and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There is always the attraction of coming back.

Margaret MacDonald