Mallacoota

A lovely bushland campsite just out of town and adjoining the Shady Gully Bush Reserve provided a good base for a few days exploration of the area. We enjoyed the novelty of a koala grunting weirdly during the night as well as the more familiar noise of fruit bats (in this case Grey-headed) feeding in a flowering Eucalypt. We had a good view of this tree but we were not camped underneath it! Superb Fairywrens bounced around the park while both Wonga and Common Bronzewing Pigeons were frequent visitors.

This male Koala was calling occasionally through the day and night but we didn’t observe females flocking towards him so maybe he just wasn’t hitting the right note.
Wonga Pigeon
Common Bronzewing – male

Mallacoota has some lovely walks through the type of Sheoak, Casuarina and Allocasuarina, favoured by Glossy Black Cockatoos. Unfortunately they were not in favour the day we visited but we had a lovely walk and continued on through some coastal heathland.

Coastal heath looking towards the sea.

This beautiful glossy black snake was politely sunning itself off the path. We stood quietly and watched it for a little while but there was no discernible movement – we were pleased that we hadn’t scared it away from the nice patch of sun it had found.

Probably a Red-bellied Black Snake

In the afternoon we took a short walk from Shipwreck Bay campground to the beach where the similarly named creek runs into the sea. The sea looked so inviting but the weather wasn’t particularly warm and the water was quite cold.

Rugged cliffs near the end of the point

Yet another excursion in search of Glossy Black Cockatoo took us along Genoa Peak Road. We still didn’t have any luck locating these Cockatoos although it was an interesting drive and we did come across a relation to one of our favourite wet tropic revegetation trees – Blue Quandong or Elaeocarpus grandis. While ‘our’ Elaeocarpus has creamy-white flowers this one is a lovely shade of pink.

A glimpse of pink in the forest
Elaeocarpus reticulatus

During a walk at Gipsy Point, just down the road from Mallacoota we came across quite a few Musk Lorikeet feeding on blossom in the top of a tall Eucalypt. The back light made getting a decent photo a bit difficult but we did get some great views through our binoculars. Parrots are always a joy to watch so we were pretty happy to see these guys.

Musk Lorikeet

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