Kerri-Lee Harris

Slow life in the cold

Kerri-Lee Harris
Slow life in the cold

With the start of Winter, life in the forest shifts into low gear. The photos below provide a glimpse, including a hint as to our current preoccupations.

There are few insects on the move, and birds are either frantically searching for a feed, or they are not to be seen at all. In fact, it's not uncommon to wander the forest for an hour and hardly see a bird, even during the warmest part of the day. 

Rain during May revitalised the bush. Epacris and Correa are adding splashes or colour, and food for the Eastern Spinebills.

The ground never dries now. It is wet from the rain, and then the heavy condensation doesn't evaporate in the shade of the forest.

This is the perfect time of year for mushrooms! So, with few insects to play with, we've decided to tackle fungi ID. It's a question of: colour; size & shape; smell; what it grows on (some grow on poo!); and, finally, the spores.

No shortage of challenges ahead!