|Some of the plants and trees in the reserve—including this wonga vine (Pandorea pandorana)—are ancient.|
In the heat of summer, one of the best places to escape the sun is the rainforest. With this in mind, I’ll be hosting the Wild BNE summer meet-up at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny at the end of this month, where we can have great wildlife sightings and not melt into a puddle of sweat! 😎
It will be an early start to maximise the wildlife sightings, of which we can expect plenty. Mary Cairncross is a great place for mammal viewing, and we will be spending time with red-legged pademelons (Thylogale stigmatica) and black flying-foxes (Pteropus alecto) in particular. Rainforest birds abound—over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve! Some that I am hoping to see include the Australian king-parrot (Alisterus scapularis), noisy pitta (Pitta versicolor) and russet-tailed thrush (Zoothera heinei). The more eyes, the better, so come along and spot something you’ve never seen before!
|Red-legged pademelons are used to being observed at Mary Cairncross.|
|Roseleaf raspberry (Rubus rosifolius).|
The event details are:
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017.
Distance: 2.5km on mostly flat, gravel pathways and boardwalks.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest or find out more information. It will be a great morning, and I’d be delighted to have you along!
|Epiphytes like this bird's nest fern (Asplenium australasicum) are quite spectacular at this location.|