Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bomaderry Creek Regional Park

Today, once the rain stopped, we did the short loop track at Bomaderry Creek Regional Park. This park is found in Bomaderry, to the north of the Shoalhaven River. Bomaderry Creek carves its way through Nowra Sandstone forming a gorge. Rainforest species are found close to the creek, and above the cliffs is a dry open woodland/heath community.
The endangered Bomaderry Zieria (Ziera baeuerlenii, Right) is endemic to Bomaderry Creek. The total population consists of around 150 individuals, but evidence suggests it is no longer capable of reproduction. The shrub grows to around 80cm and produces small pinkish-white flowers between September and October.

Another endangered plant found in Bomaderry Creek Regional Park is the Albatross Mallee (Eucalyptus langleyi, Left). This species is only known from southwest of Nowra, with a population occurring north of the Shoalhaven River at Bomaderry Creek. Plants grow to 6m in height.

The Park supports a high diversity of fauna, and birds can be seen all over the park. This Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Below) was observed close to the toilet block at the start of the trails.

Other birds frequently observed here include many honeyeaters, Rockwarbler, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Gang-gang Cockatoo, Spotted Pardalote (Below), Bassian Thrush, Sacred Kingfisher (summer), Dollarbird (summer), and Square-tailed Kite (summer). Today there was a Rose Robin foraging around the weir.
Reptiles I have seen here include Yellow-faced Whipsnake, Eastern Water Dragon, Lesueur's Velvet Gecko, Jacky Lizard and Eastern Water Skink. However, today there was no reptile activity.

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