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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Prom Beauties

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, August 29, 2014/Categories: natural history, photography, sustainability, environment

Occasional Riled Up contributors, Peter & Shirley Dwyer, are devoted conservationists in southeastern Australia. The pair are members of a community "water-wise" initiative to utilize native Australian plants in Melbourne, Greenlink Box Hill , they help to alert concern about invasive species in Australia via the  Invasive Species Council  of Victoria, and have spent many days wandering remote tracks in the beautiful  Wilson's Promontory National Park , affectionately known as the Prom.

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

Peter provided a collection of photographs documenting their recent 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)

Peter continued about endangered animals 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 humans. 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)

There are some real beauties to be found at the Prom. Let's hope it remains that way.

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Reilly Capps

8/31/2014 1:00 PM

Those are great!

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