On Saturday night we had our Christmas picnic and twilight walk.
Down at the old quarry we ate, and from the nearby frog-bogs the frogs sung.
As the sun went down we turned on our torches and made our way through the reserve and observed the following:
- twelve ringtail possums
- four other possums (only their eyes were visible)
- one brush-tail possum
- one sugar glider
- one juvenile powerful owl
- two microbats
- frogs galore
- one giant moth
- an emerald moth
- click beetles
- and an unidentified pale-bellied roosting bird that I’m going to call Kevin.
It was quite the spectacle, and a lovely end to the year. Thanks to all who’ve been part of it in small and big ways – not forgetting medium ways. Happy holidays.
Photos by Daniel Jackson, Anne Comer & Linda Fullagar
Glenfern members gathered for a end of year twilight picnic on the weekend. Here are some pics from the evening. In the next post there is a drone video along Echidna Track and over the ponds and past the picnickers at the amphitheater.
We also has a lucky dip for all current financial members and the winners were
Daniel Jackson 1st prize the spade,
Gayle Townsend 2nd prize gardening gloves
Graeme Strahan 3rd prize gardening gloves
Later in the evening we went spot lighting and sighted brushtail and ringtail possums and a pair of sugar gliders. We also heard the elusive Owlet Night-jars. An Eastern Grey Kangaroo was also spotted just on sunset.
It has been a wonderful year for our group. We wish everyone a very all the best over the holiday season.
You are invited to our Christmas Twilight Picnic in the Park!
Bring your own rugs, seats, food and drink to our Christmas break-up being held at the amphitheatre (park at the main entrance) on Saturday December 10th, 6.30 pm onward. Sit and enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the amphitheatre in the middle of our Bushlands at dusk while sharing food and good company. Afterwards there will be an opportunity for night walk through the bush – what will we see?
On Saturday evening we shared a lovely dinner in the chilly weather, with Christmas hats to warm our heads. On our twilight walk we spotted a ring-tailed possum and its digs (aka drey), a fantail nest, a wallaby, some butterflies, and the final surprise of the night? Micro-bats.
Then off into the distance, binoculars helped identify pointy parts of the horizon as well-lit cranes. (The mechanical variety, not large birds atop of buildings sporting Christmas lights.)
Photos by Daniel Jackson and Gail Moncrieff
Christmas Twilight Picnic in the Park. Saturday 6th December 6pm
Main rock wall entrance, Glenfern Road, Upwey. BYO everything!