Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

These guys look like real characters but I'm afraid they're not really our favourite birds as they are VERY partial to all kinds of tropical fruits, especially the ones which have to stay on the trees to ripen.  We're lucky indeed to salvage many Rambutans, Passionfruit, Star-fruit etc etc for ourselves!



I've been trying for ages to take some photos of our many Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers - heard a couple calling to each other down the driveway this morning, crept down just in time to see one fly off.  Looked up and spotted Cocky eyeing me!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Another new bird for us

This one had us, and local birding experts, scratching our heads.  We found it, late at night, on the verandah outside the front door and it had obviously flown into a window or the door.  We were just off to bed so I took a couple of very quick (and fuzzy!) photos, meaning to check it out in the morning.  After hours of searching apps, books and the internet we all agree it must be a Spotted Crake - colour of legs, size of tail and bill all indicate this but the plumage seems very dark.  If we'd thought(!) to check under it's tail, white feathers would have confirmed it.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Turkey named Fred

An update on our visiting - now seemingly resident! - turkey.  He belonged originally to our Vietnamese neighbours (who are growing passionfruit and very kindly insist on giving us buckets of them - I think we're starting to LOOK like passionfruit), escaped from Lon, moved next door to another neighbour before apparently deciding life was better here as we, unlike the neighbours, don't have chickens to constantly peck him!  I'll post another photo of Fred soon - freedom obviously suits him as it's incredible the amount of condition he's put on in the past few days.  He looked pretty scrawny when we first saw him.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A new species for our bird list?

When a guest told us yesterday he had seen a turkey on the property we really did wonder if he'd drunk perhaps a little too much festive cheer.  Then this morning I looked out of the office window and this is what I saw - it looks as if someone's Christmas dinner has escaped!  Not being familiar with domestic turkeys we weren't sure at first if it's male or female but a Google search assures us that only males 'gobble' - and this one is certainly very vocal!  He's now enjoying munching through yesterday's thrown-out veggie scraps (also enjoyed by our Bandicoots, Wallabies and assorted other wildlife).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to everyone


Wishing everyone a very happy 2015.  We joined friends and neighbours - and our guests - at the Daintree Village Hotel last night.  Didn't quite make it to midnight, our staying-power isn't quite what it used to be!!!

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.