Tag Archives: Ballarat Field Naturalists

A chance inspection

Unfortunately sometimes the only way we get to see a bird close up is when it dies. In this case it was a juvenile Crimson Rosella. The colouring is beautiful.


A window on our past

At our February 2017 meeting, Susan Kruss gave a really interesting presentation about some of the club history. Susan is undertaking a thesis “A Voice for Nature”, on the various ways our club has given nature a voice.

Here is a link to the slides with notes. Just click on one of the slides to make it bigger.

Clarkesdale and Field Nats

On 3 September about 30 Ballarat and Geelong Field Nats met up for an excursion to Clarkesdale at Linton. This is a favourite site for birdos and there are always an interesting selection of birds to see. When the ‘bird paddock’ was first planted out many native plants were included that were not local to the area but provided great bird habitat and food.

A Beaut View

As the tour of BEN reserves continued we had lunch at the Flagstaff Hill lookout reserve on Mt Bute, where there is a panoramic view 360 degree view.


Flagstaff Hill

Part way up to the Flagstaff Hill lookout tower (just out of Linton) is another BEN reserve. It was a gravel reserve and used to be covered in pine trees. Since the pines have been removed the native vegetation is slowly growing back.

Newtown Recreation Reserve

The first site on the tour of some smaller Ballarat Environment Network Reserves for the August excursion began at the Newtown Recreation Reserve. Since we arrived as most of the group had toured the reserve and surrounding bush, here are only a few photos of the plants. There were masses of coral lichen – Cladina confusa .

Orchids at Enfield

In the 1960’s the Field Naturalists Club of Ballarat regarded the “Sandy Patch” at Enfield the best place to find winter-flowering orchids.

The club will visit the Sandy Patch on Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 weather permitting.

Many types of orchid leaves are present and will flower during the next few weeks:








Some orchids are flowering already:

Emerald-lip Greenhood Pterostylis smaragdyna



Nodding Greenhood P.nutans








Wattles are beginning to flower:


Acacia gunnii

Acacia myrtifolia


Fauna snapshot

Here are some more of Carol’s photos from Mt Rothwell. The quolls with their meat ice-blocks are at Serendip. The photos were taken on our April excursion. Clicking on the photo will let you see more detail.


Avalon Salt Flats

It has been a while since there has been time to show members who can’t make it on excursions what we have seen, so here are some sights from a visit in April to the salt flats near Avalon and a link to some other pictures from Serendip Sanctuary. On the visit to Mt Rothwell we saw quite a few animals but they are much more difficult to catch in a photo.

Listening to nature

Tawny Frogmouth

The Tawny Frogmouth has a distinctive call

In December we had were fortunate to have Andrew Skeoch speak to our members about the evolution of sound and listening. Animal sounds and bird song have adapted to specific environments and habitats and Andrew gave a very interesting and informative talk about the work he does and some of his observations.

Together with his partner Sarah they have a business called Listening Earth and they travel widely recording natural sounds. His talk opened our ears and minds to what goes on in the natural world around us.

If you missed the talk or are interested in listening to another of his talks, here is the link from ABC radio recorded recently at the Woodford Music Festival.

Thanks to Geoff Park for alerting us to this interview through his blog Natural Newstead.