Category Archives: Newstead Natives

Lace Monitor in Newstead

by Frances Cincotta

This terrific article reports on the recent local sighting of a Lace Monitor by Newstead local Darryl O’Bryan.

When I came along the road a 2m long Lace Monitor (Tree Goanna) Varanus varius darted across in front of my car and ran up a Grey Box where it is was well-camouflaged. In my 40+ years in Newstead it’s only the second sighting of this species. Good info on them is available in “Frogs and Reptiles of the Bendigo District” available from Newstead Natives Nursery.

According to Darryl … the previous time was possibly in the late seventies I think. This time I noticed quite a lot of bird disturbance and have since observed what may be a magpie nest destroyed in the vicinity.

Varanus varius, Newstead, 3rd December 2020

Footnote from Geoff Park – This species has always eluded me in the Newstead district. I’ve had a few reports over the years of both this species and also the Sand Goanna Varanus gouldii but have never been fortunate enough to encounter one in the flesh.

Postscript: Many thanks to respondents for their comments on this post. As suspected both V.varius and V.gouldii are ‘about’ locally … you just have to be in the right place at the right time!

Simple pleasures

In these strange and unsettling times it’s comforting to enjoy some familiar sights … Tawny Frogmouths at Newstead Natives and the Loddon River producing a lovely autumn flow.

Tawny Frogmouth pair @ Newstead Natives, 2nd May 2020


Loddon River near the Punt Road ford

Further downstream below the weir

It’s wake up time!

Just as the rest of us are starting to wind down for the day Tawny Frogmouths are preparing for the night ahead.

A few stretches and a yawn or two are a sign of limbering up in the frogmouth world.

Tawny Frogmouth @ Newstead Natives, 15th February 2019