Great Ocean Road 2004

Page 4 - Aireys Inlet and Anglesea Heath

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Split Point Lighthouse Split Point Lighthouse We made Aireys Inlet by late afternoon and settled in. The next morning we went along the cliff-top walk. There were many New Holland Honeyeaters in the scrub but I wasn't able to get a good photo. The lighthouse however glowed in the morning sun. On the left is a photo from along the top of the cliffs and the one on the right is from the beach below.

Our second day was however dedicated to the Anglesea Heath, which has a great variety of plants (including orchids).

Wallflower Orchid Wallflower Orchid Diuris orientis
Although towards the end of their flowering season, we saw a few of these donkey orchids. The one pictured is almost completely yellow. They usually have purple or brown coloration as well.

Wallflower Orchid Anglesea Wildflowers Tiny Caladenia Caladenia pusilla
Almost didn't see these little orchids because, as the name suggests, they are quite small. The flower is only a bit over one centimetre across and, amongst the grass and other ground cover, not easy to see. We saw several in this area.

Apart from orchids there were of course many other wildflowers in the Anglesea Heath (see a photo right).

Thick-lip Spider Orchid Thick-lip Spider Orchid Caladenia cardiochila
This was a new orchid for me, there were about 3 or 4 flowering in this area. It is quite different from the other spider orchids I've seen in that its petals, sepals and labellum are quite broad and thick (as their common name suggests).

Jumping-Jack Ants At one stage I was behind my mother nad brother (too much photographing) so they decided to sit down at least until I caught up. My brother found a nice soft spot that was very comfortable at first. As I arrived however he had just jumped up because he sat on an ant nest. These Jumping Jacks have a nasty sting and a ferocious personality, very actively defending their nests. In this case a lot of the ants came out and my brother's backside felt their fury.

Nodding Greenhood Orchid Nodding Greenhood Orchid Pterostylis nutans
This orchid is quite common and tends to form dense colonies of allowed. On our trip I saw several colonies of varying sizes, right down to a handful of plants.

Anglesea Footbridge Our last stop for the day was in Anglesea. By the river is a little reserve with reeds and walking tracks. Unfortunately they didn't engineer it very well, as can be seen in this photo. both ends of this bridge were in the water.

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