Sherbrooke Forest Wildlife

24 November 2012

I spent the afternoon in Sherbrooke Forest waiting for the Alpine Redspot dragonfly Austropetalia tonyana. These breed and live as larvae by waterfalls, which is usually the only place you can observe them. On several occasions one came to watch by the falls but then flew off again into the canopy after several minutes. At one point there were two males chasing each other briefly but I saw no females.

While waiting I also observed an Echidna beside the creek, regularly scratching an itch. It then casually waded across the creek and up the bank on the other side; see video.

image/jpegdragonfly Austropetalia tonyana ♂ Sherbrooke121124-6465.jpg i24-Nov-2012 13:16  31.9 KB 720×480
image/jpegdragonfly Austropetalia tonyana ♂ Sherbrooke121124-6492.jpg i24-Nov-2012 13:29  84.2 KB 720×960
image/jpegdragonfly Austropetalia tonyana ♂ Sherbrooke121124-6511.jpg i24-Nov-2012 13:34 114 KB 1024×768
image/jpegEchidna Sherbrooke121124-6517.jpg i24-Nov-2012 13:48 148 KB 720×608
image/jpegorchid Calochilus campestris BalukWillam121124-6435.jpg i24-Nov-2012 11:15  51.4 KB 736×736
image/jpegorchid Thelymitra pauciflora BalukWillam121124-6439.jpg i24-Nov-2012 11:28  24 KB 640×480
image/jpegstonefly Eusthenia venosa Sherbrooke121124-6538.jpg i24-Nov-2012 14:21 132 KB 1120×480
image/jpegstonefly Eusthenia venosa Sherbrooke121124-6540.jpg i24-Nov-2012 14:22  96.7 KB 800×608
image/jpegstonefly Sherbrooke121124-6559.jpg i24-Nov-2012 14:53  37.7 KB 560×768
image/jpegVeronica notabilis Sherbrooke121124-6446.jpg i24-Nov-2012 13:04  40.1 KB 640×560

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