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“Yarrambimbi” outing 17 July 2016

MFN group at the lookout

The day was beautiful and sunny and 11 members turned up for the outing to Andrew's place. We drove to the southern end of the property to the cadet shelter of old as Andrew was on his way back from Wagga and didn't meet us until later in the morning.

We began the walk past the old quarry which was full to the brim after the winter rains of the past month. Not only that all of the dams were full to overflowing and water was seeping down the hillside so everything had been thoroughly saturated.

We walked up the hill track towards Andrew's lookout and on the way found several outcrops of Dwarf Greenhoods beside the track. We didn't encounter too many birds until almost at the top where we found Red-capped and Eastern Yellow Robins, Jacky Winter and Grey Shrike-Thrush as well as several species of thornbills.

At the top we surveyed Andrew's recent 'summer house' construction and appreciated the view across the area marvelling at the lushness of the area after the long dry summer. The view towards Leeton showed the extent of the water in Fivebough Wetlands after the rains.

Water, water everywhere and good enough to drink!

Phelbopus marginatus fungus

What a delight it was to see the magic of flowing water in the Cocoparras although we forded a few floodways across the road to get there.

At one spot at Duncan’s Creek there was this amazing sight of crystal clear water pouring from a huge rock and disappearing a few metres away as though gulped by an invisible aquifer for its depleted system. It was a magic trick provided by Nature.

Jack’s Creek on a Cool Day

Saturday, May 28th, 9am excursion was held at Jack's Creek with 5 of us braving the overcast skies and clouds threatening to drench us as we headed along the track through the gorge.

On arrival we spotted a Swamp Wallaby with a joey that slid out of its mother's pouch and hopped along behind mother who then decided it was best to go further afield. We were also greeted by a bellow of sounds from further up the hill range. Found that in the distance, there were goats moving about.

Max spotted a Wedge-tailed Eagle flying overhead. Nella spotted an Eastern Yellow Robin, Golden Whistler and a Grey Shrike-thrush.

On the walk there was a flock of White-browed Babblers, an occasional Speckled Warbler, Buff-rumped Thornbills, Inland Thornbills, Yellow Thornbills, White-plumed Honeyeaters, White-eared Honeyeaters, a Goshawk species, and a few Ravens.

On the flora subject, the area was carpeted in fresh green ferns, lichens, mosses, small rosette leaves and grasses after the recent rains. Nella and Eric found a Leek Orchid on the walking slope up to the ridge and I found a small patch of the Autumn Greenhood Orchids Pterostylis revoluta.  We saw a further patch on the down hill track.

The rock formations were just as spectacular as ever in the strong orange, red, brown and black streaking colours, made more so with the rain showers overnight. Some were fascinated by the ripple rock that was layered at one stage when there was a river beach creating a tell-tale event of rippling sand covered into immortality.

On the track up the slope and looking back over yonder to the sheer rock face, we noticed a large oval hole in the rock that had an interesting dangling cream coloured ribbon fringe around the inner entrance of the hole. Nella came up eventually to join us and she solved our mystery. It was a beehive!

There were a number of fresh wombat scats found along the way in the gorge.