This walk was a week ago now, last Thursday – oops, I’ve owned up I’m late with this walk post – we ended up covering new ground and the best part of eight kilometres.

Off over the footbridge and at some stage turned left and then right into Argyle Street, where a magpie kindly landed in a tree near the merino sheep’s paddock, posing briefly.

magpie

Of course, on any walk, I don’t know how many photos I’ll end up with. This post has a lot, and I’m sorry, but we’re stuck with the blue background.

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Continuing on, past the concrete kangaroo fence, up over the hill where I check wattle trees for bees. Just a few could be seen.

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On the other side of the road is the coloured sheep paddock where there are two new lambs. The owner must’ve put the ram with the ewes that weren’t yet pregnant for there to be such a disparity in sizes.

lambs

In the photo above, two of the sheep at the back look very bulgy in the tummy.

sheep-running

The broader scene …

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We continued on until we got to Spring Flat Road, and turned towards the vineyard. I crossed the road trying to get some pictures of currawongs, but they weren’t worth sharing. Now, from here, we normally turn into Jackson’s Lane, running along the front of this vineyard, but we decided to try finding a way home through the nature reserve behind it.  Not where those trees are though, quite a bit further along Spring Flat Road before we find the reserve.

scenery_vineyard

On the way past the vineyard, I spot this abandoned creek crossing  to one side of the road.

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We found access to the Spring Plains Nature Conservation Reserve. This is the same reserve that runs behind our place, but this part has much more evidence of the gold-mining activity that began back in the 1850s gold rush. We stick to the gravel tracks.

scenery_forest

I see kangaroo tracks in the wet sandy dirt where the road takes a dip. Their toenails dig deep.

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I get brief glimpses of far away birds.

… including a Restless Flycatcher…

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… and Currawongs or maybe Choughs.

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A fan-tailed flycatcher, cousin to the Willy Wagtail, partly shaded.

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I don’t follow it for a better picture because there’s a Golden Whistler in a tree over the track.

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And I fluke it with a grub it’s just snatched from leaf or branch.

whistler_grub

Moving on, we see a sign, and know we are nearing Dairy Flat Road, at last.

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But, before we go far, a small mob of kangaroos cross the road in front of us, one or two at a time.

We reach Dairy Flat Road, intending to cut through more of the reserve to Joe Road, and home. Before we cross the road, though, we spot a big roo. We wait while it bounded past. It was alone.

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It’s a bit tricky crossing through here – besides the ground litter, and old mine shafts this small bit is laced with deep, but empty, water courses. We get across to Joe Road, eventually. The walk from there is the usual things: birds, bunnies, elusive coloured sheep. The cows mark the end of our walk – nigh on eight kms.

cows

Thanks for walking with us.

🙂

Wednesday Walk

A long forest walk

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11 thoughts on “A long forest walk

  1. Well done yous ! – but with so much fauna around, whyever not ? 😀
    I miss pennies.
    LOVE that fat little Golden Whistler – never seen one before.
    Thank-you, CJ, for your lovely candid shots !

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  2. sue says:

    Beautiful photos. I don’t know how you do that distance. Don’t forget to take walking sticks and perhaps a mini first aid kit. That bridge is fantastic, I wonder how old it is and what stories it could tell. Hope Rob is enjoying the walks with you.
    Local computer repair shop advertised that they have reconditioned Macbooks for sale. Decided it was too good a price to miss. $1,600 for a 2016 one. The brand new ones cost over $4,000 and its not as if I use it for work so will be quite adequate, comes with a programme and they will transfer everything over from my old computer (2008 model) apparently I have been lucky for it to last this long. Asked him to give me a price on cleaning the old one up so I can use it to set up lists, like cemeteries and stuff that I have saved. Just want to be able to open a list and work on the new computer without having to go backwards and forwards all the time to add information to my Tree. So many times I have clicked off a page by accident then had to reinstate it. If it’s in front of me it will be so much easier.

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    • My PC is like my house – messy and disorganized! We did 6km yesterday on our walk, and Rob has taken to the walking quite well – of course, we used to do lots of walking when out camping [sigh]. With a bit of luck we’ll go camping in the Spring, plenty of beaut places in Victoria. We’ll be too old to handle the kayaks soon!

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        • Depends on what the travel ads show, for we have a very diverse and beautiful country – I expect they’re showing the best bits of the Northern Territory and the Red Centre the most. The the majority of our population lives on the more fertile Southeastern part. Our particular locale does have a high proportion of forest and kangaroos. Though I’d lived mostly in rural areas, I hadn’t experienced this as my normal environment until I moved here three decades ago. Lucky me.

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