A NATURAL WORLD WAITING TO BE EXPLORED…

 

 

Richard Zoomers, Co-Founder and PresidentHigh up cool mists envelop the jungle. Strangler fig, pigeonberry ash, rosewood and brushbox are festooned with epiphytic ferns and orchids. Twisting vines trail from the canopy to the forest floor where buttress roots of yellow carabeen and booyong are inters

persed with an understorey of walking stick palms, cordylines and tree ferns.

The calls of the catbird, wompoo pigeon, Albert lyrebird, riflebird and numerous others attest to the prolific rainforest birdlife. And on warm summer nights subtle galaxies of glow worms reveal themselves as fireflies dart through the trees with roots covered in phosphorescent fungi.

Along the ridge lies a narrow band of wet sclerophyll forest, dominated by tallowwood and hoop pine. This richly diverse strip supports a multitude of life forms. Carpet snakes, lace monitors and their smaller skink brethren, snuffling echidnas and a multitude of insect species make use of the sunshine and moist shade patterning the forest floor.

Birdlife especially is notable, when before the sun rises yellow robins daily commence the delightful cacophony of the dawn chorus. Honey eaters, tree creepers, wrens, fantails, finches and of course kookaburras join in.

Night time is similarly full of activity, heard if not seen. Possums and gliders cough and bark as they feed on forest nectar and fruit. Wallabies and pademelons rustle and thump in the undergrowth and melamys and antechinnus rustle and chitter. The shadow of a hunting owl may pass across a clearing, and the strange oom-oom-oom of the frogmouth can be heard. During the spring and summer koalas vocalise their presence.

From the ridge, open woodland of white mahogany, bloodwood and grey gums understoried with grass trees and forest oak drops steeply to farming country below. Wildlife on the northwest facing slope has distinctions, such as the sound of quiet glossy black cockatoos seasonally feeding in the casuarinas or the soaring wedgetail overhead.

 

 

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