Water Scorpion grow to over 50mm long they can extend the tube on their backs out of the water to breathe air like a snorkel while swimming. They can ambush fast swimming prey such as small fish catching them between their front legs and stabbing them with their pointed probiscus. Known as Toe-biters able to inflict a nasty nip although this specimen played dead when disturbed. Water Scorpions are also capable fliers and inhabit waterholes over much of Australia.
Sportsman Creek Conservation Area will be hosting the inaugural Festival of Nature on Sunday- September 11th. Activities anticipated for the day include guided bush walks with ecologist Dr. Greg Clancy. Art Exhibition by Nature Artist Graham Payne, beautiful cross-stitched Embroideries of natural subjects a Contemporary Rustic Furniture display by the author and Photographic Display of 200 species found on the conservation area. Sharon Lehman will be conducting special bird walks for the kids along with a talk and display on the local Cane Toad and Myna threat. This month of festival activities is being promoted by the Nature Conservation Council and the National Parks Association across new South Wales.
Bring along a rug and picnic lunch plus some sturdy boots for the walkers.
Guided walks range from easy 400 metre to medium fitness 2km.
A rare example of the Dare timber truss road bridge. Built in 1911 over Sportsman Creek. It has 2 particularly long timber truss spans, each of 31.9 metres (105ft). There are 2 timber approach spans at one end and 1 at the other giving the bridge an overall length of 91.7 metres ( 301ft). The central bridge pier is a twin cylinder cast iron pier. American, Harvey Dare a leading engineer and designer was a prominent figure in early 20th. century N.S.W. Historically significant for N.S.W. people as a demonstration and gradual acceptance of American design ideas and exhibits technical design excellence, also listed on the Register of the National Estate.
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