(Adapted from Francis's newsletter report.) Rain in the Toowoomba regional area on Saturday made the outing doubtful but after checking if Dalrymple Creek was passable, 21 people set off for Goomburra. Five more members joined us along the Inverramsay Road into the national park. We had no difficulties getting in although there was plenty of water in the creek crossings.
|Giant Fleay's frog (photo by John W.)|
The cars made straight for the picnic area where we had our morning tea. It was very wet underfoot and a giant Fleay’s Frog carved in stone kept us company.
As rain looked imminent and the water across the creek crossing was already high, the group made its way to the Dalrymple Circuit walk. As we got to the beginning of the Circuit our ears were assailed by the call of the Bell Miners. The Circuit walk was very easy but the rain had brought out the leeches. So there was constant checking of these creatures as we walked and the number of red legs was a testament to their persistence.
|Viewing platform over Dalrymple Creek (photo by John B.)|
A number of birds were spotted on the circuit (see the bird list). We also saw a Red-necked Pademelon (Thylogale Thetis) on the path. We stopped at the viewing platform to look at the fast flowing Dalrymple Creek and across it on the rocky face a giant spear lily (Doryanthes palmeri). Continuing on the walk, with the sky looking very threatening, but fortunately not raining, we saw a very established bird’s nest fern across the valley. The rainy season had also given rise to a number of fungi, which Glenda photographed.
Our circular route led us back to our cars and lunch under the trees of the camping ground. After lunch, some of us walked back to the picnic area by Dalrymple Creek where we were impressed by the force and depth of the water flowing over the side road we had originally planned to take up the hill. The amount of activity off-track indicated that many photogenic fungi were still being encountered .
The little frogs of Goomburra (by Barry)
The March excursion returned home with several frog mysteries. The Clicking Froglet Crinia signifera was certainly calling from the water-filled ditches along the track, but what was the grating, ratchet-like call coming from similar habitats and heard by Michael and Genevieve? With help from the CD of frog calls and later Harry Hine’s knowledge of the amphibian fauna of the park this turned out to be the Red Backed Broodfrog Pseudophryne coriacea. The little froglet found in our lunch area was identified in time from photos as a metamorph of the Stony Creek Frog Litoria wilcoxii. In the Club poster its previous name was Litoria lesueuri. I wonder how many other calls would have graced the night air had we waited until early evening?
Species List (Compiled from members' sightings by Lesley.)
Birds: Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Pigeon), Pacific Baza, Masked Lapwing, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Treecreeper, Satin Bowerbird (male & female), Superb Fairy-wren, Red-backed Fairy-wren, White-browed Scrubwren, Brown Gerygone, White-throated
Gerygone, Brown Thornbill, Lewin's Honeyeater, Bell Miner, Red Wattlebird, Eastern Whipbird, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Rufous Fantail, Torresian Crow, Black-faced Monarch, Eastern Yellow Robin, Redbrowed Finch. 28 species
Butterflies: Dingy Grass-dart Taractrocera dolon, Blue Triangle Graphium sarpedon, Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus, Chequered Swallowtail Papilio demoleus, Large Grass-yellow Eurema hecabe, Common Brown Heteronympha merope, Yellow Admiral, Vanessa itea, Lesser or Native Wanderer Danaus chrysippus, Wanderer or Monarch Danaus
plexippus, Yellow-spot Blue Candalides xanthospilos, Common Grass Blue Zizina labradus labradus. 11 species
For a report on the lovely orchid, Ladies Tresses Spiranthes sinensis subsp. australis (Spiranthes australis), please see http://toowoombaplants2008.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/ladies-tresses.html