Goodale Sanctuary Walk

26 June 2022

For our field outing to Goodale Sanctuary, a great turnout of 14 joined our hosts, Bob and Lynnette Goodale, on a beautiful winter morning. 

Goodale Sanctuary is a private conservation property of roughly 100 acres adjacent to Nine Mile Nature Reserve in West Coolup, southwest of Pinjarra. It is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but following autumn and early winter rainfall, we expect to find some interesting fungi and possibly some early flowering orchids. Bob explained some of the property’s histories at the house to those visiting for the first time. 

Guided by Bob, we then started exploring an area where the rare orchid species Drakaea elastica (Glossy-leafed Hammer Orchid) may be found in good numbers. The Warty Hammer Orchid (Drakaea livida) and Hort’s Duck (Paracaleana hortorium) are also found in this area. Bob explained that they were protecting these species from grazing by Western Grey Kangaroos by covering them with wire baskets where possible. On our way into this area, there were some Ghost Fungi (Omphalotus nidiformis) plus a large Southern Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus australis) on the trunk of a Casuarina. A small patch of moss was seen to have two small Orange Mosscaps (Rickenella fibula), and the Golden Wood Fungus (Gymnopilus allantopus) was common on rotting wood. Some Hare Orchids (Leporella fimbriata) were pointed out by Bob to be still in flower. Drosera squamosa was common along the track we followed. 

We then made our way down towards the larger of the two lakes. Apart from a few Australian Ringnecks and Grey Fantails, our bird list was very short, so we were hoping that we would add to it while at the lookout that provides a lovely view over the lake, which held a decent level of water but was by no means full. Surprisingly we only found a couple of Pacific Black Ducks on the far side of the lake. We heard frogs calling, believed to be the Rattling Froglet (Crinia glauerti) though the results of a recording submitted to FrogID had not been received to confirm this. 

Daniel Heald was busy putting our new butterfly nets to good use. He found a small Catasarcus sp. Weevil (right), some newly hatched Comb-footed Spiders (Theridiidae), a small Lynx Spider (Oxyopes sp.), a minute Hammer-headed Parasitic Wasp and a Psyllid in the genus
 Anoeconeossa.

Daniel also spotted an Anthela sp. Moth Caterpillar (left) and Hydrophilid Beetles in the lake (and in spiderwebs at the house).  

We then took a break for morning tea at the house, during which a group of Splendid Fairy Wrens joined us while Silvereyes foraged amongst the shrubbery surrounding the house and Grey Fantails chased insects. A pair of Golden Whistlers had been spotted on the walk back to the house. 

After morning tea Bob again led a walk back towards the lakes. Near the larger lake, he pointed out an
Autumn Leek Orchid (Prasophyllum parvifolium)(right) in flower and a Dark Banded Greenhood (Pterostylis sanguinea).

He then showed us where Slipper Orchids (Cryptostylis ovata) were growing, the only native orchid in this area to have leaves all year round.

We also added a few more fungi to our list, including Yellow Brain Fungus (Tremella mesenterica group) and a White Brain Fungus of similar appearance, some tiny Mycena sp., Scotsman’s Beard (Calocera guepinoides), Puffballs and a lovely group of Yellow Navel Fungi (Lichenomphalina chromacea).
Red-capped Parrots were spotted on our way back to the house. 

After lunch, we thanked our hosts, Bob and Lynnette, for another enjoyable visit to their ‘backyard’. It had been a great outing.

Colin Prickett


All images by Colin.

You can find photographs taken by Daniel Heald on the KRMB Facebook page at Goodale Sanctuary Invertebrates and for more photographs from the day, check out Sophie Xiang’s post on the KRMB Facebook Page at the following link Sophie Xiang at Goodale Sanctuary.