4 June 2011
Went to the Prom again to try and see how the second bud of a Pelicans Orchid,
, was progressing.
Right at the start of my walk I was however distracted by a
snake resting in the middle of the path
Looks to me like a Common/Lowland Copperhead Austrelaps superbus
probably flushed out of its over-wintering hole by overnight rain.
Being cold weather it was quite placid and I could set up my camera
Back to orchids, despite a GPS point it took me ages to find this specific, tiny flower again.
The bud seems to have developed a little more but I'm still not sure if it will actually become a proper flower.
At least this time I remembered its location relative to some landmarks so when I return in a week I should find it easier.
Thanks also to some information I was supplied with I was able to find some
Granite Greenhoods Bunochilus/Pterostylis tunstallii
I know of a couple of locations in the south of the park but that is currently closed while the bridge is being repaired.
On the way home I stopped off at New Zealand Hill near Foster.
I was hoping for more fungus but made do with a colony of
Autumn Bird/Wasp-orchids, Chiloglottis reflexa
— a nice end to the day,
even if I had terrible trouble trying to photograph them in the fading light during a lull in the wind.