Rick and Clare live where eagles dare, on the slopes of the Yea Spur looking towards Yea township. The view they enjoy is magnificent. They are surrounded by red box country, open woodland with a steep rocky gorge that is filled with waterfalls after a rain event. This couple have done a lot of work in the short time they have had their property to get on top of a major blackberry infestation in the gorge. Rick tells of blackberry being well over head height and having to cut paths through it in order to apply herbicide. They have also used fire as a tool to get rid of old canes. As a result, there is some regeneration of wattles in this gorge and a revegetation day is planned when there is sufficient rainfall, to help the process of creating a multi layered bush corridor in the gorge, to link with the Yea Spur above.
Rick and Clare love the Wedge tailed Eagles that soar the thermals above their home. They keep an eye on a nearby nest. Rick has a special affinity with the Eagles, soaring with them from time to time, when paragliding from the Three Sisters in Flowerdale. Their property is also a release site for animals from ‘The Haven’ native animal rescue centre on the Goulburn Valley Highway at Kerrisdale. They have enjoyed seeing ring tailed possums they have released, turning up with young on their backs. Brush tailed phascogale and wallabies are also part of their environment.
While we were in the gorge, we turned over a few rocks, always hoping to find legless lizards or frogs. An animal like a large black worm caught our attention. After digging around a little, a dainty black head poked out of the soil with a rapidly flicking tongue. No lizard, just a juvenile red bellied black snake, venomous of course. This was put back gently and carefully after rearranging its home.
Local people are fairly familiar with the wedge tailed eagle which is often seen circling in pairs in our hill country. Keep an eye out for the other raptors too. Lately, the Peregrine Falcon and the Whistling Kite have been seen in the King Parrot Creek area. Please send us photos if you see them. The black shouldered Kite and Nankeen Kestrel are regularly seen hovering over paddocks looking for mice, lizards, and other smal creatures.