News from our members - Jordan Ayton and Frank Paton
Sights from Pt Addis ... Jordan Ayton
On Saturday June 22, I spent five hours at the Pt Addis lookout. There were lots of seabirds about 500 m offshore—Shy Albatross, Hutton's Shearwaters, White-Fronted Terns, Crested Terns, Australasian Gannets. A juvenile Pacific Gull came by, circled a few times and then headed along the coast towards Torquay.
I noticed whales a lot further out, not really doing anything, just lying there. About 10-15 Burranan Dolphins were swimming amongst the sitting Albatross, forcing a couple to actually take off—the dolphins were surfacing right next the birds.
I noticed a large splash a long way out. With lens extended I could see the Humpbacks starting to breach. There must have been a few whales as there were constant breaches for about ten minutes—a great sight!
McMillan St – a bird’s paradise... Frank Paton
I was driving up McMillan St about 10 pm three weeks ago and as I approached Murray St, I noticed a small shape on the top of the street sign, which is now in the middle of the intersection. My headlights were on low beam, so hadn’t put any light on the shape. I stopped to see if something was there and it was a Tawny Frogmouth sitting (of course) perfectly still. I quickly took two photos on my iPhone but they didn’t show much detail. Suddenly it swooped towards my headlights—I assume a moth had flown towards my headlights and become dinner.
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.