We discovered this unusual pair on the beach at low tide between Urquhart Bluff and Aireys Inlet, January 17, 2020.
There was no sign of a struggle in the sand and they were dry and unwashed by the tide. The Swamp Wallaby had the young fox in a full embrace. We wondered what circumstances had led to this bizarre scene.
Photo and text from Geoff and Geraldine Harris
Spot the moth
Rhondda Millen sent in this beautiful photo of a geometrid moth spending its daylight hours on a garden ornament. Excellent camouflage!
Snow in the Otways
Rebecca Hosking from Aireys Inlet took these beautiful photos behind Lorne in the Otways around Mt Sabine road and Mt Cowley on 24 June 2016.
Please visit Rebecca's website for more examples of her work.
Goose Barnacles at Hutt Gully
Southern Right Whales at Wye River, on 14th July 2012.
There were 5 whales in total (including 1 x calf: the tail photos). Three were moving from the Lorne area to Wye River, and two more were travelling from Apollo Bay; both pods converged on either side of the point. They were quite quiet. To see them on a more active occasion (and closer!) would be fantastic.
Larvae of the Snub Moth Oenosandra boisduvali hatching at Fairhaven, on Sat 28th April. Such excitement!
Tiger Quoll photos from the recent tour at the Cape Otway Conservation Ecology Centre.
More information about the tour can be found in the Visit to Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology Report.
Honeybrown or Dead Leaf Skeletoniser Beetle Ecnolagria grandis
22 Russell Ave
The beetle was in plague numbers in some areas after even greater numbers of the larvae shortly before.
Buoy Barnacle Dosima fasicularis
Point Addis beach
It is the only barnacle to produce its own gas-filled float and has been washed up on local beaches recently.
Yellow Rush-lily Tricoryne elatior
Kuarka Dorla Reserve
This was a magnificent specimen with over 200 flowers.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.