Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: An afternoon walk near Kinglake

  1. #1
    Never Alone In The Bush
    Aussie123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Posts
    5,063
    Thanks
    6,363
    Thanked 4,485 Times in 1,743 Posts

    An afternoon walk near Kinglake

    I headed off on a short walk in the forest and thought I'd share a few pics:

    While walking along the track I spied a distant white object:
    20180422_162023 (Medium).jpg

    With a bit of zoom you can (perhaps) see that its a Laetiporus portentosus (white punk fungus).
    http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showth...te+punk+fungus

    I was pleased to see it growing in this area and if I need any for my fire lighting, I now know where I could return and harvest some:
    20180422_162029 (Medium).jpg

    In a shady gully, a bit of mud is all that remains of a small puddle.
    The mud has held a lovely fresh deer track. This print is quite a small deer, from either a small species or a juvenile ?
    20180422_163352 (Medium).jpg

    Further on, in an open area there is a pile of deer scat in an area of pressed grass (where the deer has been resting).
    I think there are scat from a larger deer (I have seen sambar in the past)
    20180422_165349 (Medium).jpg

    Elsewhere, in the grass, part of a turtle shell, fairly recently eaten ! It could be the work of an eagle or fox ?
    I have seen eagles in the past, and I know there is active fox culling going on in the area:
    20180422_164112 (Medium).jpg

    There is a dam no too far from that turtle shell, you can see where the reeds and rushes have been flattened by large animals pushing in to get to the water.
    (There are no farm animals in this area, only "wild" animals). I could see some old deer prints and wombat scat down there
    20180422_170253 (Medium).jpg

    On a nearby hilltop some old pine trees have died and fallen. There were still some old, deciduous, fruit trees, and flower bulbs growing.
    I couldn't see much evidence of a building, but I guess there was probably once small farm building here and these were planted as part of its garden ?
    20180422_164413 (Medium).jpg

    Quite a bit of pine resin still on those fallen pines. There is probably fatwood inside the trunks, but I don't want to rip them apart:
    20180422_164559 (Medium).jpg

    On the way back to the car I passed this ... its the remains of a deer. Its quite badly decomposed and I'm not sure what type it was.
    There was no particular sigh of scavenging. It could have been natural causes, but it was fairly neer the road, so it could have been hit and wondered into the bush to die ?
    20180422_171118 (Medium).jpg

    That was my little walk ...

    Cheers folks

  2. The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to Aussie123 For This Useful Post:

    biggles1024 (24-04-18),Hairyman (17-08-18),Le Loup (30-04-18),peter.robinson (26-04-18),Taplow (13-05-18),Thrud (23-04-18)

  3. #2
    Russell Coight

    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    That was really cool to see. I often take similar photos to catalogue my hike. Although, I post them to my Instagram story because it's very easy. Thanks for sharing!
    I love to hike, camp, wander, and learn.

    www.COACHJOSHWOOD.com

  4. #3
    John McDouall Stuart
    Le Loup's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    New England NSW
    Posts
    558
    Thanks
    322
    Thanked 800 Times in 298 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie123 View Post
    I headed off on a short walk in the forest and thought I'd share a few pics:

    While walking along the track I spied a distant white object:
    20180422_162023 (Medium).jpg

    With a bit of zoom you can (perhaps) see that its a Laetiporus portentosus (white punk fungus).
    http://bushcraftoz.com/forums/showth...te+punk+fungus

    I was pleased to see it growing in this area and if I need any for my fire lighting, I now know where I could return and harvest some:
    20180422_162029 (Medium).jpg

    In a shady gully, a bit of mud is all that remains of a small puddle.
    The mud has held a lovely fresh deer track. This print is quite a small deer, from either a small species or a juvenile ?
    20180422_163352 (Medium).jpg

    Further on, in an open area there is a pile of deer scat in an area of pressed grass (where the deer has been resting).
    I think there are scat from a larger deer (I have seen sambar in the past)
    20180422_165349 (Medium).jpg

    Elsewhere, in the grass, part of a turtle shell, fairly recently eaten ! It could be the work of an eagle or fox ?
    I have seen eagles in the past, and I know there is active fox culling going on in the area:
    20180422_164112 (Medium).jpg

    There is a dam no too far from that turtle shell, you can see where the reeds and rushes have been flattened by large animals pushing in to get to the water.
    (There are no farm animals in this area, only "wild" animals). I could see some old deer prints and wombat scat down there
    20180422_170253 (Medium).jpg

    On a nearby hilltop some old pine trees have died and fallen. There were still some old, deciduous, fruit trees, and flower bulbs growing.
    I couldn't see much evidence of a building, but I guess there was probably once small farm building here and these were planted as part of its garden ?
    20180422_164413 (Medium).jpg

    Quite a bit of pine resin still on those fallen pines. There is probably fatwood inside the trunks, but I don't want to rip them apart:
    20180422_164559 (Medium).jpg

    On the way back to the car I passed this ... its the remains of a deer. Its quite badly decomposed and I'm not sure what type it was.
    There was no particular sigh of scavenging. It could have been natural causes, but it was fairly neer the road, so it could have been hit and wondered into the bush to die ?
    20180422_171118 (Medium).jpg

    That was my little walk ...

    Cheers folks
    Close-up of the beetle eaten bracket fungus tinder..jpg
    Close up of the Lietiporus Portentosis having been eaten by the fungus beetle. The resulting dust from this beetle will take a spark without the need of charring.
    A fungus Beetle.2.JPG
    The fungus beetle (copyright).
    Keith.
    "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less travelled by,
    And that has made all the difference".
    Robert Frost

    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/
    http://neclhg.freeforums.net/
    http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/

  5. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Le Loup For This Useful Post:

    barefoot dave (06-05-18),Hairyman (17-08-18)

  6. #4
    Russell Coight
    Obe-Wan's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Upwey, Victoria
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    9
    Thanked 41 Times in 8 Posts
    Great stuff mate, it’s awesome to get out in these areas. I frequent the Black Range Forest a bit further East from where you went. Similar looking country with heavy regrowth from the fires.

    Cheers, Scott.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Obe-Wan For This Useful Post:

    Aussie123 (17-08-18)

  8. #5
    Never Alone In The Bush
    Aussie123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Posts
    5,063
    Thanks
    6,363
    Thanked 4,485 Times in 1,743 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Obe-Wan View Post
    Great stuff mate, it’s awesome to get out in these areas. I frequent the Black Range Forest a bit further East from where you went. Similar looking country with heavy regrowth from the fires.

    Cheers, Scott.
    Yep, I head out that way too, esp if I have a bit more time; some really great areas to explore there as I'm sure you know

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Aussie123 For This Useful Post:

    Obe-Wan (17-08-18)

  10. #6
    Ludwig Leichhardt
    Hairyman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Ironbark, SEQ
    Posts
    3,931
    Thanks
    3,823
    Thanked 4,113 Times in 1,435 Posts
    Maybe Hog deer, they are small.
    "Walk softly ...... listen long"

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Hairyman For This Useful Post:

    Aussie123 (18-08-18)

  12. #7
    Never Alone In The Bush
    Aussie123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Posts
    5,063
    Thanks
    6,363
    Thanked 4,485 Times in 1,743 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Hairyman View Post
    Maybe Hog deer, they are small.
    Yep. Could very well be. I have seen sambar in the area, but there could be hog deer too ...

  13. #8
    Richard Proenneke
    Howling Dingo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    N.S.W
    Posts
    3,088
    Thanks
    1,547
    Thanked 1,976 Times in 808 Posts
    Good set of pics, always something to look at in the bush..
    Howling Dingo shop,Gear made from natural things to take to wild places..


    http://www.etsy.com/shop/HowlingDingo

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •