Baluk Willam Reserve
This is the reserve that really got me back interested in orchids.... I have spent much of the past 15 years birding around South-east Melbourne and I cant understand why I had never heard of this place before... it was only a random google search that put me onto it. It is a relatively small reserve in Belgrave South that has an amazing 80-90 species of orchid recorded, although a number of these are historical records. Its also not a bad birding place and I have recorded such nice outer suburban birds as Painted Button-quail, Brush Cuckoo and Satin Flycatcher as well as a Powerful Owl feather.... must get back and flash the spotlight around sometime. On my first visit in mid October I found around a dozen species of flowering orchid and on subsequent visits I have now found over twenty. Im looking forward to revisting over the next 12 months as I have also found a variety of "orchid leaves" that are not yet flowering... there is also a good half of the reserve still as yet unexplored.
Just a few "record shots" - ID is my best guess and am happy to be corrected. :-)
Purplish Beard Orchid (a bit past its best)
Notched Onion Orchid (best guess)
Large Bird Orchid
Rabbit Ears (ok I cheated with this one.... its from the Brisbane Ranges)
Plenty more of these to come....