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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Wombeyan Caves Wonderland

A weekend spent with friends camped down at the wonderful bush oasis of Wombeyan Caves in New South Wales. A delight of a place for wildlife. Just sitting around enjoying the serenity we saw a collection of Wallaroos, Goannas, lyrebirds, King parrots, Noisy miners, and Brush tailed possims during the course of the day and evening.. I took a few photos..


A yearly event for me.. a highly recommended destination if you want to get away from it all. I should also mention there are also magnificent caves there to visit.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Boginderra Homestead Ruins


Another trip today out past Trungley Hall to find the entrance to the Boginderra NatureReserve and it's old ruined homestead. I downloaded an offline google map which I had cross referenced with the NSW National Parks plan of management map and discovered the little used entrance track.


The old homestead is a short distance up the track and this is where vehical access stops. An indistinct track goes further but it appears to be totally overgrown and blocked by regrowth vegetation.


The management plan describes the derelict remnant homestead thus:

"Boginderra Hills Nature Reserve was acquired by the NSW NPWS in 1982 from Mrs P.J. Guest. Prior to acquisition, the property was called ‘Hillview’. The only developments on the land are in the northern corner and include a weatherboard homestead probably dating to the 1930s, a number of sheds, a small orchard, a dam, and stock yards.

The structures, including the house, are not unusual for the area and have minimal historic significance. At the time of acquisition the buildings were described as being in poor condition, though useable. However, subsequent deterioration has rendered all the structures derelict.

The homestead is missing most of its roofing iron and flooring, the windows have been smashed and anything of value has been removed. The sheds are constructed of corrugated iron nailed to a pine frame and are near collapse."


When I was negotiating the indistinct track leading from the homestead to the hills I saw two very dark coloured Eastern grey kangaroos who bounded off at haste before I could get a photograph. I plan on returning for a bushwalk up to the higher ground when the weather cools.


The reserve is totally undeveloped and access is by foot only.. there are no amenities and it seems to be a wilderness. An bush oasis in the agricultural landscape.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Trungley Hall Cemetery

On my way back from my failed look for the Boginderra Homestead ruins I called in to see probably the neatest old country cemetery I have ever seen. The Trungley Hall Cemetery.


The grass was freshly mown with headstones dating, as far as I could ascertain, from 1899 to recent times. Located a short way from Trungley Hall on the Temora side on Trungley Road.


Trip to discover the Boginderra Homestead

A trip today to find the Boginderra Homestead located at the base of the Boginderra Nature Reserve in the Nurumburra Hills near Trungley Hall just out of Temora NSW.


The direction to the homestead were vague suggesting a turn to the right after Trungley Hall on a road listed on the NSW National Parks plan of management for the Boginderra Hills Reefton - Grogan Road. 


This appears not to be the case and the road has apparently been renamed the Boginderra Road since the publication of the document map. I travelled along the road for a couple of kilometres before finding a right hand turn with no signage, that appeared to be close to the hills treeline,among a sea of cleared agricultural land, only to discover a fenced dead end with a couple of gates and a very old 'no trespassing' sign that left me wondering if I was indeed on the right track.


The Hills of Boginderra were only a short distance away but I decided to go home and research the location again before returning another day.


Nice drive though..

Monday, 12 February 2018

Pucawan Nature Reserve

A trip this afternoon to the Pucawan Nature Reserve near Temora. You get there via the Burley Griffin Way travelling from Temora towards Ariah Park and turning left onto Tara-Betric Road just past the Ingalba Nature Reserve and continuing on for about 5 kilometers.


The reserve doesn't seem to be visited very often if the tracks are anything to go by and there is a lot less evidence of past fence post logging as there is in the neighbouring reserves of Ingalba and Big Bush.


All up a very pretty area although very dry when I visited. It didn't look like it had seen much precipitation in a while. One of the access tracks I drove on seemed to disappear from lack of use. I definately want to visit again to explore further. The birdlife seemed very active although none presented well enough to photograph.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Wild Xanthorrhoea glauca - Grass Trees near Temora NSW


I was surprised on my visit to Ingalba Nature Reserve, near Temora in New South Wales, to notice a small group of what I suspect were Xanthorrhoea glauca or Grass Trees. They were located about a kilometer into the reserve from the Temora end entrance just off the management track.

I had travelled a couple of kilometers along the track before turning around and didn't see any others apart from the dozen noticed on the trip out. Thought it might be worth recording.

The West Wyalong Yowie


I'm interested in a report from the 18th of January 2012 of an alleged Yowie attack at the Back Creek State Forest off the Newell Highway near West Wyalong NSW.

The report is from a fellow named Paul Mcleod and his then fiance when they stopped at a rest area near the forest whilst travelling at night. He reports being struck on the foot by a thrown peice of discarded metal and of being pushed over. He had a camera at the time with a powerful flash but the two images captured are indistinct as he inadvertently had the zoom set at full at the time.

One image appears to show a large figure in the darkness and the other appears to be a closup with a possible orbital socket and an eyeball.


These are screen captures from his video recording the injuries which shows an injured foot which Paul said broke and separated the metatarsals:


And what appears to be a series of large scratches down his torso:


Paul has produced several videos attempting to explain his encounter and I list them here:

The West Wyalong Yowie 2015
https://youtu.be/hPkY9DIyDrA

The West Wyalong Yowie Recovered Images.
https://youtu.be/5A67OEkpzV8

Yowie footage for researchers examination.
https://youtu.be/Cgbd0qHkwSY

The attack injuries.
https://youtu.be/7ZGvUpCccnc

I don't know what to make of his claims but as I am only 60 kilometers from the forest I plan to visit the area soon to take a look.

I'll make a day trip shortly and I have arranged in the future for a friend to accompany me one night. Could be interesting. We'll see.

Paul has a youtube channel now called Global Monster and is quite a prolific poster of his Yowie Research since his encounter.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJA2f6mZBXXqPo42XGp2l3A

To be continued..

Ingalba Nature Reserve between Temora and Ariah Park


A walk this morning in the Ingalba Nature Reserve located about 10 kms along the Burley Griffin Highway between Temora and the township of Ariah Park.

It is a lovely reserve of regrowth forest still showing the scars of fence post logging activity from generations ago. I traveled in on the management track from the Temora side entrance for a couple of kilometres and noticed the variations in vegetation as I moved along.


Evidence of past logging use was evident along the way.. discarded tins and old logo embossed bottles were found in a few locations all showing the ravages of the elements over time.



Traveling back out I was surprised to notice a group of grass trees clumped in the one area.


All up a very interesting place. I'll definately back to explore further.







Saturday, 10 February 2018

Yowie Manifesto


I'm writing this post for the benefit of people who know me in the often strange and convoluted world of Yowie Research.. and yes there is such a thing in Australia.

Is something unknown living cryptically hidden away in the Australian wilderness? I think so but I can't prove it.. and I don't think anyone can to an average person's satisfaction. About the year 2010 I was intrigued to stumble upon a myriad of historical newspaper clippings wonderfully curated by the Australian National Library.

Dating back to the beginning of European settlement, and continuing to be reported in newspapers across the country for the following two hundred years, were reports of large, hair covered wild men lurking in the dense forests that cover the eastern seaboard of the Australian continent.

Around 2010 I discovered I wasn't alone in wanting to learn more about the source of the reports of supposedly mythical beasts, who are often described as bipedal ape men, reports that continue to this day. I have met several people over the years, who seem, and that I can only assume are sane, who claim to have witnessed these creatures in the course of their wanderings in the bush.

I have met many people who today make it their missions to actively research, and endeavor to secure validation of their experiences by obtaining proof of a living, breathing Australian hairy man living in the forests of the Great Dividing Range and Coastal Mountains, from the State of Victoria, north to the very tip of the State of Queensland.

Personally intrigued, for several years I joined these inquiring people in placing remote cameras and audio recorders in alleged sighting areas in the hope of capturing some form of evidence. In fact I became so obsessed with this endeavour that for about 5 years I regularly placed equipment in remote locations, sometimes several times a week, and also spent many, many hours reviewing thousands of captured images and countless hours of audio recordings and started several youtube channels to present my 'impending' and 'ground breaking' evidence to a waiting public. All this was to be to no avail in the quest for there was never a photographic image of substance captured. Over time these channels were deleted.

I did however capture several audio recordings that I was, at times, totally convinced 'must be them' only to be brought back to a more sensible reality by observers doubting the numerously captured recording's validity. Put simply what sounded to me like definate bipedal stepping sounded, to someone else, just like a wallaby hopping or grazing.

I recently, after a nearly two year break from my previous obsessive activity, started another youtube channel with the aim of reviving my activity and recording my progress in the continued search for definitive proof. As I write this I have paused to put the videos I have recently made to private with the possibility of deleting the channel in the future for no other reason than I do not wish to join the existing myriads of channels pushing out yowie videos, also with no real results, and for no other purpose than apparent self seeking vanity.

I have also noticed a veritable explosion in Facebook groups dealing with the subject of yowies, and more recently the new and doubtful phenomenon of 'dogmen'. All these groups appear to only post vague captures of foliage, and drawing circles and 'dot eyes' on photographs of bushland scenes taken randomly then analysed at a later time for anomalies such as faces and obscure shadows.

At the risk of offending many of the practitioners of this method the process simply confirms the laws of paradoilia. The mind can see anything it wants to see if you look hard enough. Unfortunately this phenomenon is also accompanied by numerous supportive comments the likes of 'That must be the Alpha male' etc...

Put honestly after 8 years of concerted effort trying at least a dozen differing methods in an attempt to obtain an image that would be reasonable to show an average person, these groups are kidding themselves and doing honest, diligent research no favours at all.

Where to from here? Ive recently taken a step back and had the time to review the outcomes, and my beliefs, after five years of active research over my active period.

One.. I believe a trail camera, or any camera with a limited Infra-red trigger will ever capture an image of a yowie. I have seen absolutely no definitive capture even vaguely resembling an image of the creatures reported by witnesses taken by any researcher who has made their results public.

I have had several theories over time to explain this fact but frankly there is no reasonable explanation to be had except the possibility that they can detect the Infa-red light spectrum and avoid it.

Two.. I believe it is impossible to enter an area and stalk them without them knowing about your presence. Again I do not know why this is. I have had many theories about this as well over time but now simply think that they must be so intimately attuned to their environment that by the use of at least one of five of their senses they can detect an intruder long before a camera can be raised.

Three.. I believe they do make noise and that this 'weakness' in their armament of stealth can be exploited, and has been done so, effectively by one Far South Coast N.S.W. researcher I know.

See: (https://www.farsouthcoasthominoidevidence.org)

I think, at this stage in the evolution of Yowie Research, if any substantial evidence is to be collected it with be by the way of analysed audio recordings.

And finally.. After years of arguing on a well known research forum:

(http://www.yowiehunters.net)

that we are only dealing with a stealthy flesh and blood creature, with no supernatural aspects to its existence, I am now open to the often extraordinary suggestions sometimes advocated.

I have decided that my past views on what is, or is not, a yowie were based merely on an arrogant and unknowable supersition. I am reminded of a Koori mate years ago who, when telling me of his people's South Coast 'Dooligah' and my apparent efforts to record one, that I'd never catch one because they are spiritual beings.

I can't dispute now his Indigenous view of the reality of Yowies. I have seen no concrete evidence, that would stand up in a court of law, or sustain scientific scrutiny, in close on a decade of looking. All I know is personally I think Yowies are real, it's just their reality that confounds me.



Big Bush Nature Reserve near Temora NSW


Took a quick trip out to the Big Bush Nature Reserve near Temora New South Wales today after some limited research last night on Google. The weather was hot and I didn't plan on travelling far from my vehicle when I arrived.

I left Temora via the Goldfields Highway towards West Wyalong searching for a left turn at Thanowring Road about 10 kilometres out but missed the turn and took an alternate route by turning at Cedar Road a couple of kilometres further along. After crossing the nearby railway line that runs parallel to the Highway the entrance to the reserve was about 7 kilometers along the by then dirt road.

The reserve gate where I entered on foot opened up onto a management track with regrowth scrub growing quite densely although open enough to walk through if desired which I did not do owing to the heat and the possibility of encountering snakes.


The most striking observation was the litter of logging stumps dotting the landscape having been cut in the days before the area was declared a reserve. Also of interest was the regrowth from some of the stumps showing the resilience of the vegetation as it recovered from past generational use as a source of fenceposts and firewood cutting.


 From my research of last night I learned that Big Bush is a significant woodland remnant in an otherwise agricultural landscape dominated by sheep production and dry land cropping especially wheat. Big Bush is also the home of quite a few bird species such as:

Bush Stone Curlew
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Purple Crowned Lorrikeet
Painted Honeyeater
Swift Parrot
Square Tailed Kite
Hooded Robin
Black Chinned Honey Eater
Turquoise Parrot
Barking Owl
Gilbert's Whistler
Superb Parrot
Grey Crowned Babbler
Diamond Firetail
Regent Honeyeater.

Apparently Malley Fowl were once present but no birds or breeding mounds have been located in over 20 years. No doubt because of the prevalence of feral cats and foxes.


Two disinct vegetation communities occur in the reserve.. tall open woodland dominated by Mulga Ironbark and Western Greybox. The reserve also supports White Cypress Pines on the lower slopes and Black Cypress Pines on the upper slopes and Ridges. Shrubs include the Quandong, Native Cherry, Rough Wattle, Bent Leaf Wattle, Hakea Wattle and the Wedge Leaf Hopbush.


I'm now looking forward to a bit of cooler weather so I can explore a bit more and hopefully observe and photograph the wildlife.

Wombeyan Caves Wonderland

A weekend spent with friends camped down at the wonderful bush oasis of Wombeyan Caves in New South Wales. A delight of a place for wildlife...