Friday, December 19, 2014

We really need some rain!

You know it's the end of the Dry season when the Royal Spoonbills start walking across the dam!  This morning there were eight of them, slowly wading across and swishing their enormous bills through the water.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mangosteens at last!

One of our favourite fruits (actually nothing like a mango) and our one and only tree has not produced any fruit for years.  But a few months ago we had some huge overhanging trees pruned back and to our delight this afternoon we noticed heaps of tiny developing fruits so the tree must be much happier to have more light!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our home amongst the trees

I've just been down to our mango trees and, before the Spectacled Flying Foxes find them(!), picked a couple of ripening fruit - our first for a couple of years as last year was a very bad one for mangoes and we didn't get a single fruit from our half dozen trees.

Then I looked up the slope and thought it made a nice picture, looking at the corner of our house.  At the bottom you'll see the top of the hut for the bore pump - all our beautiful water is pumped up from a clear underground spring, just 7 metres down.

Luckily I had the camera with me but unfortunately missed getting a photo of a pair of beautiful King Parrots which I disturbed from one of the jakfruit trees.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jade Vine

Just when we thought our beautiful Jade and Flame-of-the-forest Vines were finished for the year I spotted a flash of green through the trees and found this lovely Jade Vine flower!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Crazy mixed-up Malay Apples

Our Malay Apple trees don't know if they are Arthur or Martha!  The weather must have them totally confused - after a very long wet season (over four metres of rain since January) we're now in the heart of an exceedingly dry Dry season.  On this one branch you can see the pom-pom-like blossom, some tiny semi-formed fruit and a few well-formed fruit which will shortly turn bright red.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Some-one's watching me!

One of our beautiful Giant White-lipped Tree Frogs giving me the beady eye!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Magpie Geese

An unusual sound in the valley this morning - the honking of geese.  And there, flying above Stewart Creek, was a flock of Magpie Geese.  Although they are not rare birds they are certainly not a frequent sight here.  No chance to grab the camera so this is a cheating-shot off the internet!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Bar-shouldered Dove

On my way to pick the last of the Lychees (after the Rainbow Lorikeets have just about stripped all the trees!) three Bar-shouldered Doves flew up into a tree, so I just managed to snap this one.  Mostly we see them foraging on the ground.