Barrington Tops

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Subject: Barrington Tops
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 13:42:32 +1100
Dear All

Have just had two nights/3 days camping at Polblue swamp in the Tops. We had walks with Anne Heinrichs, who wrote A Field Guide to Sub-alpine Flora of Barrington Tops, looking for the endemics and orchids. Walked around the swamp at Polblue Sunday and then drove to Junction Pools Monday. Some nice finds. Bearded, Parson's Bands and Veined Doubletail orchids and the tiny flowered Scented Onion Orchid which has a beautiful smell and only grows in sphagnam moss swamps. And a few Fringed Eyebright which once were so common they coloured grassland purple blue.

Lots of Flame Robins around, plus Olive Whistlers calling, Satin Flycatchers, both Monarchs, Sitellas, Boobook and Tawny Frogmouth calling at night, Brown Quail by day, and a group of 8 Musk Lorikeets screeching in the tree tops. Lots of blossom in some of the gums but never heard a Noisy Friarbird, they seem to have flown to lower altitudes where I heard them calling along the Barrington River in the River Oaks.

So when the heat gets to you, drive up to the Tops, cool off, and see some nice things while you're there.


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