General Meeting 3rd October 2014

Two male Blue-Tongued Skinks fighting
Two male Blue-Tongued Skinks fighting

The October KRMB general meeting was a members’ night. First up was a presentation from Colin Prickett and Chris Punter who shared photographs from a trip they made in mid September that took them along the Holland Track from Hyden to Coolgardie, then up to Cue and Walga Rock before heading back to Perth through Paynes Find over an eight day period. Along the way they explored granite outcrops, breakaway country and water bodies to see what reptiles, birds and mammals were using the various types of habitat. In all they recorded sightings of 73 bird species, 15 reptiles, 3 mammals and one species of frog.

Notable sightings included a Pebble Dragon (Tympanocryptis cephalus), which would not have been spotted if it had not moved while a gate was being opened – so good was its camouflage. Another special moment was when they came across two male Western Blue-tongued Skinks (Tiliqua occipitalis) engaged in a fight over territory or mating rights. The aggressive behaviour stopped for a while as they assessed whether those in the audience were a threat, but then they went at it full throttle until one had had enough and beat a retreat into the roadside shrubs.

Pebble Dragon
Pebble Dragon

Although the best of the wildflowers was over there were still many species in flower on the roadside and the photos showed some colourful displays; including Mulla Mullas, yellow and pink Verticordia, Native Foxglove, Flame Grevillea and Wreath Lechenaultia plus many others.

The next presenter was Bob Goodale who showed photographs taken on a recent trip to Europe. The photos showed a Robin, Herons, Ducks and Puffins. There were many lovely photos of the beautiful landscapes and buildings that Bob and Lynette passed while on a cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Other photos were of birds and animals taken on a side trip to Cologne Zoo where Bob once worked in his younger days. Colin Prickett