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.

Snow in the Otways

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Please visit Rebecca's website for more examples of her work.

Orchid photos from Adam Fox, Aireys Inlet

Hare Orchid

Donkey Orchid

Waxlip Orchid

Mantis Orchid

 

Photos from Alicia Ivory, Marine Park Ranger

Goose Barnacles at Hutt Gully

Goose Barnacles

Goose Barnacles

Photos from Rebecca Hosking

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.

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Distinguishing V-shaped blow

Note the callosoties - the grey calluses on the head of right whales

The biggest callosity is found on top of their head and this is known as the bonnet

Watchers

Whale flipper

Tail of the calf

Tail

 

Larvae of the Snub Moth Oenosandra boisduvali hatching at Fairhaven, on Sat 28th April.  Such excitement!

Moth Larvae

Moth Larvae

Moth larvae

Moth mother

Moth larvae

Tiger Quoll photos from the recent tour at the Cape Otway Conservation Ecology Centre.

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Male

More information about the tour can be found in the Visit to Cape Otway Centre for Conservation Ecology Report.

 

Photos from Neil Tucker

Honeybrown or Dead Leaf Skeletoniser Beetle Ecnolagria grandis
22 Russell Ave
Jan 2012

Honeybrown or Dead Leaf Skeletoniser Beetle

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
Jan 2012

Buoy Barnacle

It is the only barnacle to produce its own gas-filled float and has been washed up on local beaches recently.

More information can be found here and in our February 2012 Fauna Report.

 

Yellow Rush-lily Tricoryne elatior
Kuarka Dorla Reserve

Yellow Rush-lily

This was a magnificent specimen with over 200 flowers.

Yellow Rush-lily flowers

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Weed of the month

Freesia

Freesia

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.

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