Winter 2014 was one of the most beautiful field-trips yet. Balmy days, warm nights, camp fires, overflowing springs and plenty of fauna.
This trip we continued with descriptive sampling, checking on how everything does now the temperatures are cooling down (the water in most springs was getting down to 5C overnight) and the waters are flowing strong.
Thanks endlessly to John, Tony and Lewis for their helping hands, I hope you all loved it as much as I did.
Its warming up at Edgbaston so all those cold blooded beauties are coming out
The stumps of long dead Tea trees are a sign this spring has been around a long time and although these trees no longer persist, others still do just around the corner
The Teatrees are an easy way to spot a spring, even if it doesn’t have a large tail.
Fauna other than invertebrates love springs too. We often find Grey Kangaroos resting in or drinking from the springs.
Big Spring, aptly named due to its extent, is one of the largest on Edgbaston and a favourite of most of us. This image is taken from its tail, and about 100m away is where the water emerges at the vent (in the next picture)
Tracks and traces
Moonrise over the homestead
Tea trees provide welcome shade at numerous springs
Volunteers get up close and personal with springs fauna – the best way to learn about this system is to sit with your face no more than a foot from the water
When the water dries up at the hottest part of the day lots of species die. When the water returns, other individuals may replace the, but there is always the threat of being stranded again.
Edgbaston also has beautiful uplands, its nice to get away from the springs every now and then and check out the other amazing land types conserved here.
This little guy was just too camera shy
Beautiful old trees persist in this tough landscape
Intuitive fencing techniques?
A little rain on the horizon but nothing more. Springs are one of the most consistent and persistent sources of water in this region.
Sunset at escarpments is a great place to see birds coming in to rest and chatter.
Time to roost
The Mitchell grass downs are also a stunning place to adventure
After a long hard day, its nice to just sit and relax.
Thanks to Tony, John and Lewis for helping out!