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.