Mount Bass Fire Trail Sandflies

Subject: Mount Bass Fire Trail Sandflies
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 22:23:31 +1000
Was out on the Mount Bass Fire Tail in the heathland in Royal National Park on Sunday, great day with plenty of birds, including beautiful firetails and brown headed honeyeaters and a chestnut rumped heathwren and all the normal heath birds about. When I got home I noticed the characteristic pink-red dots from fresh sandfly bites. They stayed at that overnight before swelling up the next day. It's probably about 2-3km from the water and any mangroves and the wind in the wrong direction so thought it a bit unusual, assume they are breeding there as the area is very wet and muddy in spots. So watch out if you are birding the area, the banks of the Hacking at Audley are also bad for them at dusk and dawn. On that note has anyone come up with a good treatment for them, they seem to stay itchy for ages!


Chris Ross

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