Thursday 2nd March 2017
Photos by Bob T
20 keen young bushwalkers, all under 90, with only one “pup” under 60, set out to walk some tracks in East Nelligen, led by the very experienced “Queen of the Bush”, Valerie.
Conversations soon ignited, with topics wide-ranging as usual, punctuated by observations of rare, unusual or feral plants. Animals make themselves scarce, as the “many-footed mumble bug” creates a wave of chatter that warns them well in advance of us.
The elusive Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) made a cameo appearance in trees near the track, but characteristically kept moving, hiding & refusing to pose for a decent photo. After teasing us for a while, both observers & observed tired of the game & all moved on.
With the many & varied conversations, and the bonus sighting of several Forest Red Gum, Valerie & the tracks led us back to the cars, and for some, a delicious lunch of “fushnchups” at Nelligen. A better way to spend a day would be on a very short list.