Next working bee - Saturday 9 September.  

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

Weather Forecast

Guling Orchid Season [Aug]

Cold weather is coming to an end. Guling (orchids) are flowering.

Ae-noke (caterpillars) of Common Brown butterfly feed on grasses at night.

Muyan (Silver Wattles) are flowering.

Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males perform the last of their courtship displays.

The star Arcturus is seen on the northwestern horizon soon after sunset.

Gurrborra (Koalas) begin mating. Males bellow at night.

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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