Bendigo Orchids

31 August 2013

For the last official day of winter the weather put on for us was most pleasant for the photographing of orchids. The first one I saw with the group was a never-before-seen Dwarf Greenhood with three flowers. Normally this species only produces one flower per plant but twin flowering has occasionally been recorded.

There was also a great display of Daddy Long-legs spider-orchids. They were mostly scattered individuals with a few smaller groups but after lunch we encountered an amazing display and variety of about 50 or 60 plants within five metres of each other. I think they were mostly Caladenia capillata, so have named them here as such, but there was some discussion about the possibility of and differences with Caladenia filamentosa, which are unclear. They are a great looking orchid regardless of such identification uncertainty but one you can only photograph well in the absence of a breeze.

Grevillea alpina is a common and widespread shrub found in a great variety of habitats. Flowers colors are known to vary but at this site north of Bendigo there were three different variations within sight of each other.

Late in the day I observed my first dragonflies for the season. Although a common and widespread species, I was still happy to photograph the Diplacodes bipunctata (Wandering Percher) that I was also to see many more of over the following days. This is usually the first odonate I encounter in spring (during my orchid expeditions).

Due to the relative warmth and rain the previous night the frog activity in the evening was also bustling. Frog calls are usually more valuable when trying to identify them, as the male's announcements are unique between species (although some are similar to our ears). At my last stop I heard numerous individuals but initially struggled to see them. That was until I learned their trick of calling by the entrance to their burrows and scurrying down into invisibility when I got near. The medium sized Limnodynastes tasmaniensis (Spotted Marsh Frogs) also seem most shy and hid from me more readily. The larger Limnodynastes dumerilii (Eastern Banjo Frog or Pobblebonk) seems more confident of itself and tends to stay put once seen.

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