Thursday, 30 April 2015

Taking the weight off

The female Red-necked Wallaby that is a regular visitor around the house is currently carrying a well developed joey in her pouch. Today she found a pleasant spot out of the wind in the early sun to take the weight off, whilst she enjoyed the warmth.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Fungi again

Checked on the development of some of the fungi and photographed the change and also added a couple of new ones.

 Still haven't got this one identified but maybe when it opens up more I will have a better chance.

Another False Parasol  emerged nearby the dinner plate one but I don't think it will be as big.

There were a few of these quite close together and I thought they looked like field mushrooms but I had to pick one to check the gills.

Matches the description listed for Agaricus campestis, Field Mushroom.

Friday, 24 April 2015

More fungi large & small

Fortunately we missed the wild weather that dumped torrential rain south of us in the Hunter Valley and Sydney but we still have had enough to be ideal for the fungi to fruit.
 We have one very large specimen put in an appearance next to our driveway so it cannot be overlooked.

It is the size of a dinner plate and the stark white stands out from the dark leaf litter.
I am fairly sure the identification is the False Parasol Chlorophyllum molybdites which is poisonous where as a similar looking species is the Parasol Mushroom  Macrolepiota dolichaula is edible.

This fungus fly Tapeigaster luteipennis must have thought all its birthdays had arrived with the size of this one.

Other species have not been so easy to identify but I will keep working on them.

Agaricus aff. langei

Scleroderma citrinum or cepa

Pycnoporus coccineus

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Fungi time

Our recent patch of of wet weather has fungi bursting out and one species Gymnopilus junonius or Spectacular Rustgill is very prolific in an area where a couple of wattles were previously located. This seems to be the perfect environment for this species which grows on decaying hardwood timber and in this case the dead roots of the wattles.

It is a relatively common species and has a large range throughout the world as well as most states of Australia.