Wednesday, July 18, 2018  
 
News & Updates
Slow EFPOS at Dingo Dell Cafe and Ski School
07-07-2018 
Telephone and Internet communications are erratic at best at Mount Buffalo which can affect EFPOS services when purchasing from Dingo Dell Cafe and Mount Buffalo Ski School. It is recommended visitors bring cash which will make hiring toboggans, purchasing meals and coffee etc easier and quicker. Dingo Dell Cafe and day shelter is open 10 am to 5 pm 7 days a week during the snow season

GREAT SNOW AT BUFFALO
07-07-2018 
There is good snow for snowplay and tobogganing at Dingo Dell and great snow at Cresta valley. All the cross country trails have good cover and fresh snow- so get up and play in the snow - free entry (Remember to carry chains and to bring your winter woollies). Dingo Dell Cafe and Mount Buffalo Ski School are open seven days a week so there is a warm place to sit and have a coffee and look out at the snow or book yourself a ski lesson or tour.


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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