Whilst we came in February to see the rains arrive at Edgbaston, only signs of previous drenching were to be found. However, signs and signals abounded with flood damage, lowlands filled with waterholes and more ‘neutral’ acidic conditions in the springs.
This trip saw the last collection of my descriptive data set that will now be collated. From this data I will start answering questions about how springs differ, why particular species are only found in one spring but not another, and how seasonal shifts in climate and rainfall affect where species are found within and between springs.
We also saw some company arrive this trip with a troop from the University of Canberra and the Edgbaston ‘local’ Dr Adam Kereszy busting into the park on our last few days to check out the amazing fishes of Edgbaston.
Wet season storms dumped on Edgbaston before we got there, making everything green and filling all the little waterholes with water. A few more rolled past on our arrival but only tempting us from afar.
Best way to keep the sun off and the spirit high is a nice colourful scarf.
Warm weather brings out all the insects and reptiles. Check out this tiny Pebble Dragon. Their genus name is Tympanocryptus because, unlike other dragons, their Tympanium (or external ear drum) is hidden. They’re master camouflagers!
Everything is so GREEN!
The best time to be on the springs in summer is at sunset – when the light catches all the seed heads and the temperature drops.
A dead cat’s a good cat on a wildlife reserve.
Grasshoppers and Katydids were EVERYWHERE! Check out this cutie. Perfectly coloured for hiding amongst the grass.
The Edgbaston Gobie may seem less charismatic as it’s Red-finned Blue-eye co-ihabitant but it suffers the same problems – loss of habitat reducing an already restricted range. Lucky for them, Dr Adam Kerezsy is finding new populations outside of the reserve in the bore drains of local properties.
There’s so much water on Edgbaston at the moment that the springs seem insignificant but you have to remember, when its dry they are the only water. For now though, water is EVERYWHERE. But unlike the springs, this more acidic water is heavier in dissolved solids.
Sunsets at the dam are one of the joys of working at Edgbaston. Great view of the whole property.