Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"Birdwing Bungalow". This was taken when it was quite 'young' and it now measures about 7 inches (17cm) across. We don't know what it is called so would be interested to hear from anyone who recognises it!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
They have nested here for the past several years so it's lovely to see the first one back yet again!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We had a fascinating afternoon talking to them both and were thrilled when Lloyd gave us a signed copy of "Daintree Jewel of Tropical North Queensland", a wonderful book covering all the flora, fauna, local history etc. of our beautiful region.If you visit his website at http://www.birdingaustralia.com.au/ you will find heaps of information about Lloyd, his work and his books.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This may give you a taste of our beautiful Daintree region - between the Daintree and Mossman Rivers!
It was professionally created by David Vivian for the Daintree Village Tourism Association (www.daintreevillage.asn.au).
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
suggests - they gradually grow around another
tree and literally strangle it so that in the end the
host tree is totally surrounded and finally dies.
The photo at the top is of a Strangler Fig taking over one of our Jakfruit trees - very little of the Jakfruit is now visible and some of the dangling strands are taking root in the ground and will eventually form what look like vertical tree-trunks.
On the right is the base of a very old Strangler Fig on our walking track. The tree must be about 100ft high, and spreads out about the same distance. You can see several large 'trunks' which many years ago would have started from roots dangling from the branches.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The following article was written by Ian Osborne and Laurie Taylor, both born-and-bred Daintree cattle farmers and appears on the Daintree Village Tourism Association website at http://www.daintreevillage.asn.au/.
Sustainable Tropical Beef Grazing plays an important role in the economy of Daintree. It is the industry that has withstood time, whilst other have, for many reasons failed.
Lush Daintree River flats produce young heavy weight steers off improved pasture and are well sought after by both export and local abbatoirs. Over the years many show ribbons and carcass competitions have been won.
Cattle grazing on river flats, which need little or no fertilizer because of the sediments deposited during yearly flooding from the upstream large World Heritage Area, are sustainably grazed on the hillsides of the valley in the wet season to maintain the viability of each cattle property. Graziers stress it is important to manage and maintain these hillsides with grasses that provide good ground cover to prevent erosion as well as good quality feed. Hillsides are burnt before the storm season in 2-3 yearly cycles to maintain the quality of the improved pasture.
Most cattle properties in the Daintree Catchment also retain large areas of tropical rainforest that has been sustainably logged over the last 100 years.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Now the uncovered banks have new grass and late yesterday afternoon this little Swamp Wallaby came down to nibble at the fresh new shoots, while a pair of Pacific Black Ducks dived for food in the shallow water.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
His tail is almost as long as his body so he's about 35cm from tip to tail. I was lucky to get this shot on the palm tree at the front of the house - when he sees you he usually shoots round the other side of the tree to be out of sight.
Friday, August 1, 2008
reaching for an extra blanket. But today's forecast is for a perfect sunny Far North Queensland winter's day with a top of 26 deg C.
All our lychee trees are loaded with blossom so
it looks as if later on there will be a bumper crop for the birds to feast on! As usual we will net a few lower branches in the faint hope that there will be a few lychees left for us!
The trees are alive with little Grey Fantails flicking their tails and darting through the branches after insects. I took this photo yesterday - it's not very clear but you have to be so fast to catch one sitting still.