Next working bee - Saturday 8 July.  

Meet at the Wonthaggi Lifesaving Club at 9am.  All welcome.

Weather Forecast

Biderap Dry Season [Jan-Feb]

Hot, dry weather. High temperatures and low rainfall.  Female Common Brown butterflies are flying.

Bowat (tussock-grass) is long and dry.

The Southern Cross is high in the south at sunrise.

Seven Seasons of the Kulin People

Artist - Karina H McInnes
Source - Museum Victoria

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2009-10 Cape Hooded Plover Diary

On the dry sand at the base of the dune between The Bay Beach and Undertow Bay, a breeding pair returned for their 5th season in late 2009, where volunteers had placed 'chick hides' - simple wooden 'tents'. Here is a diary of their summer:

  • 22-Oct-09 - 2 eggs found in nest. Nest site enclosed. A pair of unleashed roaming dogs flushed the birds off the nest and chased them.
  • 28-Oct-09 - 3 eggs incubating.  A roaming brown kelpie a regular visitor to the beach without its owner.
  • 24-Nov-09 - 2 chicks present plus one egg.
  • 25-Nov-09 - 3 chicks now present.
  • 05-Dec-09 - Only 1 chick present - 2 chicks (pre-fledge) are now missing. Both parent birds are working hard to keep away gulls, dogs, walkers from the  remaining hiding chick.
  • 15-Dec-09 - Last remaining chick (pre fledge) now missing.
  • 26-Dec-09 - Parents attempted again with a single egg on same nest site.
  • 02-Jan-10 - 3 eggs now being incubated in second nest.
  • 27-Jan-10 - 3 chicks arrive on site.  Enclosure now made bigger with more signage placed.
  • 05-Mar-10 - 3 ‘teenaged’ chicks (now fledged) resting in front of one of the placed chick hides.
 

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