17 July, 2017

Koori Season Chinnup - June to late July

Winter: Late May-end of July
Chinnup is depicted by cockatoos, fungi as well as clothes and totems.
Return of Aquila constellation (Bunjil).

The lifestyle for the Gariwerd communities during Chunnup
Bands moved to rock shelters in the hills for refuge.
Long cloaks were made from possum skins.
Old people and pregnant women rubbed emu fat into the skin for protection from the cold.
For ornamentation people wore kangaroo teeth necklaces, hat mats and nose piercings.

The woodland areas during Chunnup
Tall Greenhood by Ceredwyn EalantaTall Greenhood by Ceredwyn EalantaPlants and fungi
Fungi appear including:
coral fungus on mossy ground
boletus fungi in wet litter
First of the winter orchids including:
tall greenhood and early nancy lilly in flower
first nodding greenhoods and helmet orchids flower
first flowering chocolate lilies
Many early wattles flowering:
long leafed wattle in flower
golden wattle and prickly moses in flower
cranberry heath in flower
Fire damaged trees show epicormics shoots.
Yellow box flowering.

Mammal
Possums have young in pouch during chinnup.
Sugar gliders give birth.
Echidnas are searching for mates.
Birds
Several bird species nesting including:
brown thornbill building first nests
scrub wrens
jacky winter flycatcher returning to nesting sites
dive bombing magpies and lapwings
Many birds active and on the move:
shrike tits tear bark off manna gums
yellow tailed cockatoos on the move
first calls can be heard of fantailed cuckoos
flocks of sittellas pass through
yellow tailed cockatoos seek new feeding grounds
newly flowering eucalypts attract honeyeaters
noisy miners call loudly at dawn
satin bowerbirds on the move
little ravens flocking
powerful owls laying eggs

The wetland areas during Chunnup
Birds
Large flocks of pink eared ducks seen on lakes.
Swans and coot graze on lake shores.
Rising waters cause ducks to seek new feeding and nesting areas.
Lapwings are nesting on eggs.
Reptiles and amphibians
Frogs actively calling during chinnup.

Insects
Ponds full of little water creatures.

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