Monday, November 20, 2017  
 
News & Updates
MOUNT BUFFALO SPRING RANGER UPDATE
20-10-2017 
With the snow gone, work is well underway to get ready for the summer season. Work is being carried out across the park to clear tracks and to fix and improve infrastructure. Visitors may experience some disruption to services and access to some areas.

Eurobin FallsAccess above the Lower Eurobin Falls Track will be restricted while work to repair and replace steps is undertaken. Signs will be in place to advise visitors while work is underway. Access
to the Lower Eurobin Falls and Lady Bath Falls
is open to visitors during this time but staff and contractors may be moving along the track with materials and machinery.Dates:  3 weeks 18/10 to 10/11

The Gorge Access to the lower end of The Gorge car park will be restricted while work is completed to upgrade the septic system.

Visitors will still have access to the Stone Hut and the Echo Point & Hang Glider Lookouts while work is being completed. Access to the Underground River will be via View Point Track. There will be increased truck and machinery traffic on Mount Buffalo Road to the Gorge and within the car park area. The toilets may be closed for a short period when the new system is connected but portable toilets will be placed in the car park during this short period of time.Dates: 23/10 to 25/11

‘The Horn Road’ Mount Buffalo Road from Cresta to The Horn. The Seasonal Road Closure on ‘The Horn Road’ remains in place until Thursday before Melbourne Cup weekend. The gravel section of road from Cresta to ‘The Horn’ will be graded before it
reopens. Visitors may experience trucks and machinery traveling on Mount Buffalo Road during this time.

Walking Tracks. Rangers will be systematically making their way along our track network to clear them of fallen timber and brush cut overhanging vegetation. If you would like to report any tracks that have trees down across them please leave a note in the Park Visitor Centre at the ranger station.

Cheers Michelle

Michelle Doherty Ranger Team Leader Ovens Area, Mt Buffalo National Park

T:  8427 2581 I 
M: 0417 157 940 I E: 
michelle.doherty@parks.vic.gov.au



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FLORA AND FAUNA


There are numerous, plants, birds and animals and insects that the visitor can observe with little difficulty. Some of the wildlife is nocturnal so what you see will depend on the time of day that you are walking or driving.

ON THE DRIVE UP (Or Down)
As you travel up the road to the top of  Mount Buffalo you will see a range of wildlife if you are lucky and observant.  Wallabies are common along the road at any time of the day but in particular at Dawn or dusk

The early drivers will often see lyrebirds feeding at the side or crossing the road (and then running off to safety with wings outspread looking more like a feathered lizard than a bird)

In the later evening Wombats are common on the side of the road as are nocturnal birds such as the Tawny Frogmouth and Owls. Bats can be seen hunting along the open spaces and small creatures such as the the antechinus may sometimes cross the road in the lights of the car.

If you stop and let your eyes adjust to the dark on the flat area  at Rollasons falls walk picnic area you may see a Greater Glider soar from one treetop to another or hear Sugar Gliders quarreling in the foliage. A possum or two may be observed (by their glowing eyes) if you carefully shine a torch into the lower branches of the Alpine Ash.


THE GORGE LOOKOUTS
Currawongs and Wattlebirds and Crimson Rosellas are commonly seen at the gorge lookouts (You should not feed them however as it is not good for their health).  Ravens also visit this area as do a wide range of smaller birds. If you stand on the lookouts you may see a huge wedgetailed eagle soaring in the distance or a swift Kestrel or Falcon hunting prey in the gorge crags and vegetation.

THE HORN
While walking to the top of the Horn you may  see flocks of ravens and the occasional Kestrel that frequent this area to hunt the numerous Bogong Moths that shelter in the rock shelters and cracks by day and then swarm out in their millions at dusk. These are migratory moths that hatch in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland and then travel to the south to shelter in the high country over the warmer months before returning north to lay their eggs when the first frosts arrive

Some useful information and also references regarding the Flora and fauna of Mount Buffalo is detailed below

FLORA

The plateau's isolation and harsh alpine climate create an 'island in the sky'. As you ascend the mountain you can see dramatic vegetation changes as you rise in altitude, from the Peppermint forests, through tall stands of alpine ash, snow gum woodlands and sub-alpine grasslands and bogs at the higher altitudes.

In summer carpets of silver snow daisies, yellow billy buttons and royal bluebells bloom on the plateau. The sub-alpine plants on the plateau have all developed a variety of physical and behavioral characteristics to survive the extreme and harsh conditions on the mountains.

Mount Buffalo National Park is also home to three unique plants; Buffalo Sallee, Buffalo sallow wattle and fern-leaf heath myrtle.

FAUNA

BIG BIRDS

The Currawong is a common bird at Mount Buffalo in particular at the Gorge where it scavenges of tourists and     also feeds off the Moths and other insects attracted by the lights of the Chalet and carpark at night. Like many birds   they mostly leave the high ground when the snow falls arrive. They are gregarious and are often seen in small flocks. For More information see http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Strepera-graculina

The Lyrebird is a bird a little larger than a domestic chicken with the male having the distinctive lyre tail.The bird is also an excellent mimic and can replicate a wide range of natural and man made sounds. The Lyrebird tends to run along the ground and glide short distances when disturbed or threatened but can fly when needed.  The males have dance or display mounds in a defined territory as a part of mating rituals, but the female incubates the eggs alone . For additional information see http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Menura-novaehollandiae

The Crimson Rosella is a medium sized parrot that is common at the Gorge and also seen at the camping ground and other locations. It begs food from tourists and is often seen perching on shoulders and heads of visitors in its effort to obtain part of a biscuit. For additional information see www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=98

The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo. This large bird is often seen in small flocks flying through the treetops in the foothills  of the park and occasionally on the plateau. With its large wingspan and harsh cry they are an impressive bird. For more information see http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Calyptorhynchus-funereus

The Gang Gang Cockatoo

www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=102

The Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Cacatua-galerita

The Raven

www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=26

The Australian (Nankeen) Kestrel

www.austmus.gov.au/factsheets/nankeen_kestral.htm

The Peregrine falcon

http://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/peregrine-falcon

The Wedge Tailed Eagle is Australia's largest living bird of prey and one of the largest eagles in the world. It has a wingspan of  up to 2.3 m. Females are larger than males, averaging 4.2 kg in weight. A carnivorous bird requiring an extensive territory they can be seen using the thermals to glide and serch for prey. Tey have been known to show aggression towards hang-gliders (perhaps thinking that they are competition). For more information see www.austmus.gov.au/factsheets/wedge_tailed_eagle.htm

LITTLE BIRDS

The Flame Robin

www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=13

The Striated Pardalote

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Pardalotus-striatus

MAMMALS

The wombat

www.wombat.echidna.id.au/wombat1.htm

The Ring Tailed Possum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_ringtail_possum

The Brush tailed Possum

www.australianfauna.com/brushtailpossum.php

The Antechinus

www.museumvictoria.com.au/forest/animals/antechinus.html

The Greater Glider

www.wildcare.org.au/html/greater_glider.htm

The Sugar Glider

www.marsupialsociety.org/sugar_glider.html

The Echidna

museumvictoria.com.au/forest/animals/echidna.html