Long Reef and Curl Curl – 9 April 2018

I spent a very pleasant day wandering along the coast from Collaroy to Curl Curl. I was mainly interested to see what birds I could spot – and I did see a reasonable number.

I walked down Collaroy Beach and then out to Long Reef. Continue reading

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Cooks River Birds – 8 April 2018

I spent an excellent morning down on the Cooks River – between Wardell Road and Canterbury Road. I cycled along the cycleway – on both sides of the river and had my camera handy.

Here are some of what I saw. On the way to the Boat Harbour, I noticed a few stinkhorns out at Ewan Park. They were not that fresh – but they still attracted a lot of flies and other insects –  Continue reading

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Wolli Creek Fungi – 7 April 2018

This visit to Wolli Creek was a field activity of the Sydney Fungal Studies Group Inc. It was open to members of the group as well as members of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society.

We met at 10 am at Girrahween Park and after an introduction, we divided into two groups – one going downstream and the one I was in going upstream. Each group then searched for fungi. When found, some of it was photographed and some specimens collected for examination later.  Continue reading

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Dharawal Nature Reserve Walk – 6 April 2018

This was a pleasant walk led by Brian Everingham for the National Parks Association of NSW. As well as Brian, there were Allen, Ken, Suzanne, Esther, Gary, Bob, Derek and myself on  the walk.

We first did the short walk to Maddens Falls in Dharawal National Park. Its a nice area – but there was not much flow over the falls. Continue reading

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Sassafras Gully Fungi – 5 April 2018

This was another trip down Sassafras Gully to look for and photograph the fungi and slime moulds.

On this trip, I went down via the track at the end of Sassafras Gully Road and returned via the Wiggins Track. A reasonable amount was out, including a fair number of boletes. This one was fairly common – Continue reading

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Wolli Creek Fungi – 4 April 2018

I had a quick walk down the Two Valleys Track between Bexley North and Turrella looking for fungi and any orchids that were out.

It had been quite dry and so there was not so much fungi out. Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Coxs and Kowmung Rivers – Easter 2018

I was fortunate to spend some time photographing the lower Coxs River and the lower part of the Kowmung River during three of the days of Easter. This was on a photographic trip with David Hufton.

Lower Kowmung River

Every photo here was taken along section of these rivers that will be destroyed if plans go ahead to raise the level of Warragamba Dam. Every photo was taken in a World Heritage Area and National Park.

Lower Kowmung River

Coxs River Continue reading

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Fungi in the Lane Cove Valley – 30 March 2018

On Good Friday, I completed a nice walk down the Lane Cove Valley from Thornleigh to Porters Creek (and then to to Macquarie Park). I was looking for fungi and orchids.

There was a fair bit of fungi out at the start – on the track down Lorna Pass from Thornleigh Oval. Mainly Amanitas. But generally there was not that much out along the valley. Here is a selection –  Continue reading

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Fungi at Coachwood Glen – 28 March 2018

This was a very pleasant visit with Liz to Coachwood Glen Reserve at Blackheath (on the Megalong Road).

We didn’t find a huge abundance of fungi out but with careful looking we did find quite a few interesting species. Continue reading

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Herons and a Darter – Cooks River Birds – 27 March 2018

I spent a pleasant few hours down on the Cooks River photographing some of the birds. I cycled down to the river and roads along to the Boat Harbour and then to the Cup and Saucer Creek Wetlands. I didn’t see too many birds out, so slowly cycled back towards home on the other side of the river.

I was almost at Wardell Road – my return  home route, when I spotted a Darter drying its wings on a perch. So I parked my bike and started taking a few photos. I kept still and quiet.  Continue reading

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