On our last trip to the Australian Alps we stopped at a lookout.
While the Prof. shot the view, I went into the bush where there
were rustlings and twitterings. I spied a few of our tiny red-
breasted robins, probably a Flame Robin; this one almost
sat still and lots of, even smaller, blue wrens flitting about
in dark, shady place.
This is the meandering path I followed for a little, stopping,
listening and hoping to get a clear shot at some warm blooded
probably tree-creeper, I need Stewart M to set me right,
about 20 feet up a Eucalyptus regnans. He was working his
way up the tree, hanging on with his tiny claws and seeking
out some protein under the loose bark.
PS as you can see from my comments, Stewart M has kindly
identified my cute little tree-creeper as the Red-browed Tree-creeper,
Climacteris erythrops. Where would I be without him?
The large trees here were a mixture of Eucalyptus regnans
or Mountain Ash, and Stringybarks, also a Eucalyptus but
since there are so many of them, I could not tell which one.
Our mountain trees grow at different altitudes and this was
obviously a transition area.
The Stringybark was bleeding and I was surprised to see that
it's sap was water-soluble. Where it is black, it is rain washed,
the bright red was crisp but a little tacky due to the light drizzle.
I collected a sample to take home as it is useful as dye on paper.
Apart from that, how could one resist that gleaming red!
also a view but I much preferred it through the trees rather
than naked from the lookout.
All photos enlarge as always.
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