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June 24, 2010

Galgabba Point Fungi

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Galgabba Point Fungi

I have been doing some volunteer work at Galgabba Point this week. This morning on my walk I took some photos of some of the fungi that I found. I have no idea what their names are or even how to go about indentifying fungus. If you know any the fungus shown in the photos, please let me know. This fungus was in the compost heap. I found it when I was going for a little walk. It is strange how red it is.

fungus
Unidentified fungus

I could not believe this star-shaped fungus. It looks really weird. It was on the way out to the point. It could be called a Starfish fungus, but not sure yet. Edit: Yes it is a Starfish Fungus, thanks to Dennis who has written about them on his site. Also, Gaye from the Hunter has written about them on her blog.

star fungus
Starfish fungus (Aseroe rubra)

Wallarah Peninsula Community Walk

In the afternoon I got on the bike and rode up and down the exhausting hills to the start of the Wallarah Peninsula Community Walk. It goes from the end of the houses up to Pinneys Beach and beyond. In the suburban streets on the way I spotted Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Noisy Miners and Laughing Kookaburras.

There were not a lot of birds along the edges of the cliffs, but the scenery was fantastic. From the top of the cliff you can see all the way to Nelson’s Bay. There were a few small birds like thornbills and fairy-wrens but not much else. On the way back I spotted this White-bellied Sea-eagle coming back from fishing out at sea with a fish.

White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Wallarah Peninsula bird list 24/6/2010

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Pied Currawong
Superb Fairy-wren
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Australian Magpie
Little Black Cormorant
New Holland Honeyeater
Brown Thornbill
Noisy Miner

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Steve.
    Sorry I missed this post, until I went back through your archives.
    Great shot of the Sea Eagle, plus fish. The bird looks quite suspicious of you, as if you might pinch its Catch of the Day.
    The Starfish Fungus is correctly identified.
    Aseroe rubra.
    You are getting to know the “weird” end of the spectrum of Fungi with those guys.
    I have posted about a group which came up in a friend’s garden..
    Cheers
    Denis

    Comment by Denis Wilson — June 27, 2010 @ 5:11 am

  2. Hi Dennis

    thanks for posting. I went and had a look at your blog about these amazing fungi. Brilliant stuff. I also had a look at Gaye’s post and she has some great photos and content as well. Top stuff.

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — June 27, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

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