Birds 2 … Fungi nil

I’m confident that I’ve got the birds covered, but would be grateful for any assistance with identifying these two striking fungi, seen this afternoon near Spring Hill Track…any ideas readers?


Flame Robin (male), Mia Mia Track, 16th June 2016


Scarlet Robin (female)


Ghost Fungus Omphalotus nidiformis


Spectacular Rustgill Gymnopilus junonius

Many thanks to Garry, Lyn and Cathy for help with identification!

8 responses to “Birds 2 … Fungi nil

  1. Alex Shackleton

    Hi Geoff.

    I don’t specifically know the fungi but can suggest having a look at the fungimap resources. Great set of tools.

    Loving the photo-blog!

    Cheers Alex Shackleton Geelong

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  2. Hi Geoff
    No 1 is Omphalotus nidiformis Ghost Fungus when fresh has a pale glow in the dark No 2 is Jymnopilus junonus Spectacular Rustgill

  3. Beautiful Photos Geoff especially the little female Scarlet Robin. I’m glad I don’t have to pronounce or remember the names of the fungi, the photos of which are striking.

  4. The first, whitish one is probably Omphalotus Nidiformis – Ghost Fungus – which glows in the dark and is poisonous. It would be helpful to lift one and show its underside. If it is this species the gills continue down the stem, spores white which you would see if its cap was left for a time on black paper. Not enough info for the the second group – might be Gymnopilus – Rustgill Lyn >

  5. Hi Geoff, Garry is right except for the spelling … Gymnopilus junonius ( sorry Garry) that aside isn’t it interesting how the late rain has compressed the friuting body season and it seems to be happening all at once.

  6. Helen Schofield, Geelong

    Thanks for the ID’s of the fungi. The first (or very very similar) is to be found close to the info centre at Ocean Grove Nature Reserve – glows whitish in the dark – exists in clumps around a large gum, apparently liking the tree root environment.

  7. Phee & George Broadway

    Hi Geoff Fungus #1 looks exactly like a photo I took on Friday of Omphalotus nidiformis, the Ghost Fungus. I am fairly certain because two specimens I took home showed luminescence in the dark #2 I am not sure of Regards George

  8. Kate Sandiford

    It’s not just the fungi. After two dry years, when the native grasses at Strangways struggled to grow leaves ahead of the various munchers’ abilities to nibble, some Wallaby Grasses finally flowered in April/May and Rough Spear-grass is just now reproducing in frosty June.

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