Alps Day 3 - Bogong High Plains
25 January 2010
Haven't been before but wanted to visit the Bogong High Plains for some time.
I quite enjoyed my afternoon there, most of which was spent chasing
the Alpine Darners, Austroaeschna flavomaculata
These dragonflies were new to me, the second new species this summer.
I spent a lot of time chasing the more visible males,
as they tend to congregate at prime locations along alpine streams.
They must however have good vision as I found it very difficult to creep up close to them
for a nice portrait — either that or they're shy in front of the camera. :)
The females are harder to find as they don't hang around the water all day.
I was however privileged to watch a female from up close for 20 minutes
as she dutifully deposited her eggs into the dirt bank beside the water.
After that I sat by the creek enjoying the scenery and a male dragonfly decided my leg would make a good perch!
I also saw quite a lot of Leek-orchids on the Bogong High Plains
and have also included some extra scenery photos, which I don't often supply.