Gippsland Day 1 - Freestone Creek

9 February 2011
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I decided to go exploring for a few days in Gippsland and started off by visiting Freestone Creek again. I saw the same species as on my previous visit a month ago, including many Arrowhead Rockmaster damselflies. This picture shows a male Diphlebia nymphoides performing unusual behaviour. This is quite a nice, rocky creek north of Briagolong with numerous campsites.

By the end of the day I ended up in Mitchell River National Park where I saw numerous insects including this beetle hanging on the end of a wattle — I can only assume it crawled to off the end and just saved itself from falling.

I also spotted a female Southern Riffle Darner Notoaeschna sagittata perched low on a gum tree. For the first time ever I was able to get close and take reasonable photos of this species, having previously only seen them from a distance on the Thomson River a year ago.

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image/jpegbird Rhipidura albiscapa Freestone110209-9225.jpg i09-Feb-2011 16:30  57.1 KB 768×560
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image/jpegdamselfly Nososticta solida Freestone110209-8929.jpg i09-Feb-2011 13:16  69.1 KB 1024×640
image/jpegdragonfly Austrogomphus guerini Freestone110209-9245.jpg i09-Feb-2011 17:17  99.9 KB 768×656
image/jpegdragonfly Austrogomphus ochraceus Freestone110209-8947.jpg i09-Feb-2011 13:25  76.6 KB 848×640
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image/jpegdragonfly Notoaeschna sagittata Mitchell110209-9306.jpg i09-Feb-2011 19:50  48.8 KB 640×800
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image/jpeggrasshopper Mitchell110209-9269.jpg i09-Feb-2011 19:19  56.9 KB 880×720
image/jpegmoth Freestone110209-9002.jpg i09-Feb-2011 13:59  39.9 KB 800×640

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