6 March 2011
The morning started crisply, with frost patches in the higher reaches of the Buffalo Plateau.
Making it to the lookout at The Horn
shortly after sunrise was like watching the world wake up as the first rays of
the sun lit up the seeminly endless mountain ridges that stretched to the horizon.
My first search for alpine wildlife started at Cresta Valley.
Some bushes were covered in tens of Spotted
Mountain Grasshopper Monistria concinna
They seemed to be sunning themselves in the early rays and most dropped into the grass as I approached.
Late morning I trekked the 2km to Rollasons Falls — what a wonderful surprise this was for me.
Firstly the track contained numerous species of darners (a group of larger, generally brown dragonflies
— three of the four species are pictured below)
but Buffalo Creek
that cascades over the
is crystal clear.
I spent a relaxing lunch by the falls before meandering back up the hill where I encountered
brightly polka-dotted weevil
and a very accommodating orange
colored Jackie Lizard Amphibolurus muricatus
Despite several previous visits to Mt Buffalo I had never stopped here and wandered down that path
but I am sure to in the future.