Saturday, January 16, 2016

The (internet) times are changing!

As you'll see my blog posts are becoming fewer and fewer as I'm fine-tuning!  I'll now be posting more on our Facebook page and on our newly-created "What's New" page on our website.

As a matter of interest a while ago I was delighted to have been approached by the State Library of Queensland:-
Request permission to archive the following website:
Daintree Valley Haven [blog] website:
The State Library of Queensland aims to build a comprehensive collection of Queensland publications to ensure the availability of our documentary heritage both now and in the future. State Library’s commitment to preserving the documentary heritage of our state extends to contemporary electronic resources, including online publications and websites of lasting significance. This is achieved through our participation in PANDORA, Australia’s web archive.
PANDORA was established by the National Library of Australia in 1996 to enable the capture of and long-term access to Australian online publications. We cooperate with the National Library in order to build and preserve a comprehensive collection of Australian online publications. State Library’s brief is to enhance the Queensland presence in this national archive.
Your website has been selected for inclusion in the PANDORA Archive, and I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you are willing to permit us to do so. That is, grant us licence under the Copyright Act 1968 to copy your publication into the Archive and to provide public online access to a copy of it via the Internet. This means that you would grant the Library permission to retain a copy of your publication in the Archive and to provide public access to this copy in perpetuity.
 (I agreed of course!)

From now on you will find the most up-to-date news about our wildlife and daily happenings at:-

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

King Parrots

We don't see these magnificent birds every year so yesterday we were delighted to see a couple of them feeding on the seeds of the Calliandra Bush.  Such stunning colours - and quite appropriate with Christmas coming up (again!)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Another 'dam' visitor!

As we await the first storms of the upcoming wet season the poor dam is slowly going down.  But this means visits from a variety of water-birds chasing small aquatic creatures.  I just snapped this White-necked Heron slowly wading through the shallows.  It's in breeding plumage as you can tell by the plum-coloured feathers.

Other birds we've seen have been lots of Pygmy Geese, White-faced Herons, Pied Cormorants, Royal Spoonbills and a variety of shapes and sizes of Egrets.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Someone's watching us!

Peter and I have just been for a walk along our walking trail, looking for any ripe limes on our wild-growing trees (found two!  the rest still small and green), and suddenly spotted one of our resident little Northern Swamp Wallabies giving us the beady eye.  I had to quickly zoom the camera so she's a little fuzzy.  They quite often come close to the bungalows if there is any dropped ripe fruit in season - good photo opps for guests!

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Flame

Just when we thought this year's normal two 'flushes' of the beautiful Flame of the Forest vine had finished we're amazed to see yet another flush.  We're not quite sure where it originated as googling various sources name New Guinea, the Philippines and India.  As it is in the trees where guests stop their cars when they arrive there are many oohs and aahs and lots of photos being taken!

Sunday, September 6, 2015


"Der spring is sprung, der grass is ris, I wonder where dem birdies is?  Der little birds is on der wing - ain't that absurd?  Der little wings is on der bird!!!"  One of my favourite old jokes, sorry!  But so true here in Daintree in springtime where the morning chorus is sounding louder and louder and the trees are alive with birds.  This little female Olive-backed Sunbird is patiently sitting in her nest near our kitchen and we really hope all goes well.  They so often fall prey to other birds, like the Black Butcherbird, or the eggs don't hatch or the chicks die of a virus.  Nature can be cruel.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Spectacled Monarch

Our blog has been quiet for a while as we're in the middle of a very busy visitor-season.  But by coincidence all our guests left yesterday and we finished cleaning all the bungalows so this morning I had some spare time, before next guests arrive this afternoon, to slip out for a walk along our walking-trail with the camera and just spotted this little Spectacled Monarch in the foliage.  They move so fast so it was a quick shot!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Self-pruning trees

A common sound in the tropical north is the noise of huge branches and sometimes whole trees crashing to the ground.  Age and many years of heavy rainfall take their toll.  Sadly one of our favourite blossoming trees, a beautiful Hawaiian Peach next to the house and right outside our bedroom, has started to fall apart.  You can see the 'bending' branch on the right and the crack in the middle is widening daily so the left branch is bound to go.  Fortunately, last year we removed some branches which were overhanging the roof so when the inevitable happens we should be quite safe.  But if it happens in the middle of the night we're in for a rude awakening!