We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we had a cloudy start to the day and decided there was not much point in hiking up to some interesting viewpoint that had low cloud preventing us from enjoying the view. Instead we started walking from the Ballpark and took the usual route uphill to the lunchspot at Cap Sheaf Lake. It turned out to be quite a memorable and funny time for a rather odd reason. As we settled to eat several bullfrogs began a curious sequence of booming croaks from different locations in the swamp that surrounds the lake. It was odd the way they would take it in turns to impress the females, and each seemed to have something distinctive about its voice, some with very low notes, some not so low and none in clear view.
A few days ago I hiked north from Van Anda to Eagle Cove and beyond in search of a rare plant that had been seen close to that trail. I was able to photograph the flowers, but along the way I also came across a Barred Owl that was upsetting some robins that probably had nests not far away. The robins were taking turns diving down to try to get rid of the owl and my photo shows it a moment after one of the smaller birds had managed to hit it on the head!
A Barred Owl that was being mobbed by several very upset robins.