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Prom Beauties

Prom Beauties

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, May 29, 2018/Categories: natural history, photography, birds, marine life, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

                          Coastal Landscape and Tidal Pools, Wilson's Promontory, Australia (credit: Peter Dwyer)

Occasional contributors, Peter & Shirley Dwyer, are devoted conservationists in southeastern Australia. They are members of a community-based, "water-wise" initiative to utilize Australian native plants in Melbourne, Greenlink Box Hill. The group raises concerns about invasive species in Australia via Victoria's Invasive Species Council which presents educational information about controlling these feral introductions. The Dwyer's spend many a vacation day wandering remote tracks in the beautiful Wilson's Promontory National Park, affectionately known to Australian's as "the Prom".

 
Rainforest Recovery after Fires/Floods and Creek, Wilson's Promontory NP (credit: Peter Dwyer)

Peter shared a collection of his photographs documenting wildlife observations in this Aussie wildland. He commented that:"My interest is in mainly in looking at the things that others would miss at the Prom...the tiny terrestrial orchids, little carnivorous sundews, etc. I'm sure most people walk past these lovely plants which might seem so insignificant in the undergrowth. Although the conservation status is "secure" for some orchids, many have become extinct or are in danger of extinction due to land clearing, property development, trampling, and soil borne diseases."

 
Terrestrial Mosquito and Helmet Orchids, Wilson's Promontory NP  (credit: Peter Dwyer)

He continued about endangered species like the Hooded Plover: "These little critters are critically endangered. They nest in the sand on beaches and the survival rates of their eggs (and chicks) is critically low, mainly due to predation by feral foxes and cats and trampling of nests by off-leash dogs and people. I am sure that photos that I have taken will be unable to be taken by our grandchildren in, say, 15 years' time as the plovers will undoubtedly be either extinct or limited to small inaccessible populations."

  
   
        

Buff-banded Rail, Antechinus , and Hooded Plover , Wilson's Promontory  (credit: Peter Dwyer)

These are just some of the natural beauties found at the Prom. Let's hope they remain preserved there.

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Reilly Capps

8/31/2014 1:00 PM

Those are great!

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