Blitzing birds at Neds Corner Station

An emu hen with 10 chicks at her heel on Neds Corner Station in Victoria's mallee country

A frog, some geckos, spiders and snails were among the haul at the close of our first day at Neds Corner Station.

I’m here in Victoria’s mallee country with a bunch of 15 or so scientists who will spend the next week discovering the plants and animals on this spectacular  30,000 hectare reserve — managed as part of the National Reserve System by Trust for Nature.

And while there is already an extensive list of plants that are known to occur here, our Bush Blitz botanists are confident they’ll find up to 100 new records for the reserve.

Wedge-tail eagle nest on Neds Corner Station. Photo: Chloe Miller

The birds of the region seem to be thriving on the Neds Corner Station and already bird expert Wayne Longmore from the Melbourne Museum has seen over 50 species of bird from small wrens and beautifully coloured parrots to kites and falcons. Wayne is keeping an eye out for the owner of a large wedge-tail eagle nest.

A male emu was spotted today with no less than 10 chicks at his heel. Did you know? — emus mate for life and it is the male that broods the eggs and looks after the chicks!

Tonight we’re going moth collecting. The generator is humming, powering light traps set up to capture an array of these nocturnal insects.

And this is just the beginning…

Jo Harding, Bush Blitz manager

Bush Blitz is a biodiversity discovery partnership program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton and Earthwatch Australia.