|Ben, explaining the walk|
We wandered through three distinct habitats on the Stahmann property: vine scrub, pasture/dam and cabinet-timber plantation.
|Gathering at the dam|
Butterflies: Greenish Grass-dart or Yellow-banded Dart Ocybadistes walkeri, Small Grass-yellow Eurema smilax, Cabbage White Pieris rapae, Wanderer Danaus plexippus.
Stahmann property, Gowrie Junction, the vine scrub area (27° 27’ 20” S, 151° 53’ 30” E, within 300m): Birds: Pale-headed Rosella, Variegated Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote, Lewin's Honeyeater, Noisy Miner, Grey-crowned Babbler, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Golden Whistler, Australasian Figbird, Grey Butcherbird, Pied Butcherbird, Australian Magpie, Pied Currawong, Grey Fantail, Red-capped Robin, Silvereye.
Butterflies: Cabbage White Pieris rapae, Brown Ringlet Hypocysta metirius, Yellow-spot Blue Candalides xanthospilos.
Marsupials: Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus, Eastern Grey Kangaroo Macropus giganteus.
Cabinet-timber plantation edges: Butterflies: Small Grass-yellow Eurema smilax, Cabbage White Pieris rapae, Meadow Argus Junonia villida, Common Grass Blue Zizina labradus labradus.
It was not a good time of day for birding by the time we got to Ben & Jean’s place but their garden was alive with birds. Some of us went for a walk around the property with Ben while others were given a guided tour of the garden by Jean.
Gundry property, Gowrie Junction (27° 27’ 57” S, 151° 53’ 27” E within 200m)
Birds: Crested Pigeon, Superb Fairy-wren, White-browed Scrubwren, Weebill, Lewin's Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater, Striped Honeyeater, Grey Shrike-thrush, Australasian Figbird, Olive-backed Oriole, Grey Fantail, Willie Wagtail, Silvereye, Double-barred Finch.Butterflies: Lesser Wanderer Danaus chrysippus.