Grampians 2017

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  1. NickGeee

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    Annual easter Grampians trip went quite well this year, finally ticked off a certain species I've been wanting to see for a while!

    I headed up on the Easter Friday with some mates for some camping goodness at Lake Fyans. The lake was fuller than it was last year, but still was verrrryyyy dry :(
    Really wanted to see some N. pictus, but as the weather was as dry as a bone I only managed some Pobbles, Ewengii and some Crinia.
    [​IMG]Eastern banjo frog (Limnodynastes dumerilii) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    The next day a few of my mates and I drove east for an hour to look for some stuff.
    Finally found an adult Thicky in the granite hills here, near Bellellen Vic.
    [​IMG]Thick tailed gecko (Underwoodisaurus milli) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Thick tailed gecko (Underwoodisaurus milli) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    The same night I was keen to go into Halls Gap to look for Geocrinia leavis, but as no frogs were calling back at the lake I thought it would have been a waste of time.
    On Easter Sunday I made my fourth trip up to the tallest peak of the Grampians, to nail a species I've been dying to see for a while now.
    Whilst walking through rocky heath I saw MULTITUDES of Whites Skink, I can't get enough of these guys!
    [​IMG]White's skink (Liopholis whitii) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    [​IMG]White's skink (Liopholis whitii) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    [​IMG]White's skink (Liopholis whitii) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    Along with whites, I saw heaps of baby P. entrecasteauxii darting around! I was looking for P. spenceri in the low branches and tree trunks, but didn't find any :(
    Finally got a good pic of this species, finally!
    [​IMG]Eastern three-lined skink (Acritoscincus duperreyi) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    I headed back down to the car, and following a different path I saw a rock move out of the corner of my eye.
    FLIPPING FINALLY! I was ecstatic to see the critical endangered Grampians population of Mountain Dragons! Only present on one mountain peak, my guess these lizards would have a range of only 1000-500m^2.
    [​IMG]Mountain dragon (Rankinia diemensis) by Nick Gale, on Flickr
    I headed back pretty happy from my haul, but had a terrible parma in Stawell there same night.
    Hope you enjoyed!
     
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    this stuff is amazing!!
     

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