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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, November 2020

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Nature Territory - November 2020Page 4 October Field Trip Report Mangrove Boardwalk at East Point - Sunday 14 October by Tissa Ratnayeke Easily accessible from the Lake Alexander carpark via a short walking track through coastal woodland habitat, the East Point Mangrove Board Walk provides a wonderful platform from which to explore the otherwise tangled, dense habitat of the mangroves. Our guide, Richard Willan, Senior Curator of Molluscs at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory had also 17 years ago led the interpretation walk for politicians and the public when this boardwalk was first opened. Richard described how the mangroves are the rainforests of the coasts - the diversity of fauna we observed certainly highlighted that. This walk is renowned for its bird life and we werent disappointed despite the several vocal Torresian Kingfishers on this occasion remaining aloof. The abrupt transformation between the mangroves and landward habitats is clearly visible. Photos: Tissa Ratnayeke Fiddler crabs. The first two are immature forms. Photos: Phil Smith Small, looking similar to a bee, several Sandwasps (Bembix sp.) were busy excavating nesting chambers. They usually hunt for flies to feed to their larvae. Photos: Phil Smith Top: Propagules, the aerially germinating seeds with their green photosynthesising roots of the Stilt-root Mangrove (Rhizophora stylosa) will drop and hopefully spear into the mud where they can continue to grow. Bottom: Girdled Periwinkles (Littoraria filosa). Photos: Tissa Ratnayeke

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