Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nature Walk

Some sights seen on a lunchtime walk near La Trobe University.

Students relaxing in the lovely grounds of the university:

A family of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) doing much the same:
The drake is very protective of his family, so we crossed the road to avoid being chased off by him.

Bees living in a nest box which is actually designed for sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps).

Eucalyptus with amazing spiralling bark:
I don't know what species it is.

A Meadow Argus butterfly (Junonia villida):

A huge River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). which may be up to 400 years old:
Bark of that tree:

And lastly, a very rare tree.  Do you know what it is? In Victoria there are only four known examples, this one and three smaller ones at the botanic gardens:
It is Schinus lentiscifolius, a relative of the peppercorn tree.

What a lovely way to spend the middle of the day!


  1. My daughter went to LaTrobe Uni, she said those ducks could be evil at times. Eveyone knew to stay clear of them. Hope your leg is a lot better.

  2. Sounds like a good day. That bark is fantastic!

  3. Lovely trees! Just near us, there is a baobab tree and it was a worry, when they started demolishing the house. However it had a ribbon around it and is now in solitary splendour on the block. I spoke to the wreckers and was surprised to find one of them was a baobab fancier and had one growing in his garden