And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Days At Mokine

What looks like an army of Grasstrees marching down a hill. Why are there so many grasstrees in this spot? No one really knows, but most of the area around Mokine Nature Reserve is cleared, so as these are a different species of grasstree to those at Wambyn, maybe clearing helped them. Wambyn is about 20 kms south.

Mokine has been logged and probably grazed in the past, but still provides habitat for a lot of animals.

Mokine is a great place to spend warm spring days, a place I love to go to with my cousin or my wife. Here's my cousin Fred taking a photo of a Ornate Dragon (Ctenophorus ornatus). Photography and the love of wildlife run in the family!

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Gotcha! A female Ornate Dragon.

A darker male Ornate Dragon trying to blend in with the lichen. They get really colourful in spring.

One of the most common geckos found on granite outcrops at Mokine, Wambyn and around our home in Gooseberry Hill, a Variegated Dtella (Gehyra variegata). Lift a small slab of rock and you may find half a dozen of these guys running in every direction.

Another fairly common gecko in the Mokine area, a Southwestern Clawless Gecko (Crenadactylus ocellatus). This is an tiny adult found under a granite rock. They are Australia's smallest gecko at only 6.5 cm, and yes they have no claws!

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