Fence Track on the northern outskirts of town is a favourite spot for a visit during spring – the ridges to the north of the track are terrific for orchids and lilies. It’s a little early for flowers, but judging by the profusion of leaves it should be excellent in another month or so. Yesterday afternoon was dull, with the scent of rain in the air, with only time for a brief visit. There was still plenty to pique my interest.
The ridgelines in this area are mainly Heathy Dry Forest – really it’s woodland, with an understorey of Daphne Heath, Gorse Bitter-pea and Gold-dust Wattle. This is a favourite haunt for Painted Button-quail.
While there were no birds to be seen, their tell-tale ‘soup plate’ scratchings were clear evidence that they weren’t far away. Painted Button-quail feed mainly after dawn and at dusk – I’ll have to pay another visit to this spot again soon.