Friday, October 14, 2016


The Mallee country

It's been a while since our last overnight trip to Terrick-Terrick National Park in March 2016. We were keen to visit new territory, with the possibility of new species. We decided to drive to Little Desert and Wyperfeld national parks in NW Victoria, the former 375 km from Melbourne and the latter, about 100  km further north.

Little Desert National Park, Nhill (6 & 7 Sept 2016)

Study in perspective....canola fields brighten the way 
Excitement as we drove into Little Desert National Park.....Malleefowl, our target bird!
The park is not really desert but mainly semi-arid heathland
The featureless mallee where one can easily get lost. Mallee refers
to a group of mainly Eucalyptus plants with multiple stems 
growing out of the ground 
Sanctuary Picnic Ground, our favourite nature walk
Red Gum woodland 
Open habitat but still hard to see the birds!

Shrubby woodland understorey with tiny yellow flowers
Not many flowers about as it was still early spring
Yellow appear to be the dominant colour, perhaps
due to the soil type?

Wyperfeld National Park (8 & 9 Sept 2016)

I was all for full-on camping for the whole trip to really be up close to nature and to experience the outback. However, Yian would not have it and a compromise was agreed upon. So after 2 nights of relative luxury at the Acacia Motel in Nhill, we moved to Casuarina Camp in Wyperfeld.

Enroute to Wyperfeld, we spooked a flock of Little Corellas from a roadside field
Welcome view of Wyperfeld. Took a short cut and nearly got bogged down in very sandy ground. It was very stressful driving slowly over the sandy track, all the time worried about getting stuck but luckily the 4WD saved the day!

Casuarina camp ground - well-earned rest after succeeding in pitching the tent in gusty wind 

 Yian, overjoyed to have survived the first night camping in the bush

The great outdoors, kopi-o and biscuits....this is the life!
We were the only souls in Casuarina, with browsing roos,
wandering emus,
Greater Bluebonnets
and the ubiquitous Galah for company
With a name like Snowdrift, we just have to go take a look
The massive, snow-white sand dune smack in the middle of flatlands 
Doing the tourist thing.....huffing and puffing up Snowdrift sand dune

Successful ascent!

Trekking along flower-lined track...not only hot but...

also bothersome, shooing away the hundreds of flies that followed us!

Wildflowers along the track.....small but beautiful

Happy to finally connect with the rare Major Mitchell's Cockatoo on our very last day

Pretty signages at the entrance of country towns welcome visitors  

One of the many country towns, name soon forgotten, on the drive back to Melbourne

One town remembered, Brim, for its giant murals on grain silos

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Taiping Lake Gardens Nature and Bird Walk 

Sunday, 4th January 2015

Time: 7.30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Car park, near Flemington Hotel

Open to members of the Malaysian Nature Society and the public. If you have a pair of binoculars please bring them along. If you don't have any, no worries. Wear comfortable walking shoes and attire. Bearing in mind this is still the monsoon season be prepared for soggy ground and wet weather. The walk should end by 10.00 a.m.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Last Days in SERATAS

This post is not about nature but about culture. The culture of friendship, of camaderie, of teacher-student bonds. This post is dedicated to all SERATASians, present or ex-