Saturday, April 25, 2009

New window decoration

A green blob on the outside of our bedroom window yesterday and now this Giant White-lipped Tree Frog has relocated to the office window, where he's been asleep all day. At only 8cm, or just over 3 inches, he's quite a small specimen as they can grow up to about 14 cm.

Daintree is looking so utterly magical at the moment - after the recent rain all the vegetation has an incredibly vibrant lushness to it, and if we thought there were a lot of butterflies a few days ago, well now there are hundreds! Guests who arrived this afternoon could not believe their eyes!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Where's dinner?!

Heckle, the Australian Brush Turkey, is a regular visitor to the kitchen door and now takes bread out of our hands. And the word has passed to his missus, Jeckle, and their new offspring (so far unnamed) who also turn up for any offerings. We'd hoped this might divert them from flying up into the bananas and demolishing all the green fruit before it has a chance to ripen ... but I think we're being too optimistic!

Lovely rain over the past week has really freshened everything up after such an unseasonally dry spell.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Daintree - beautiful one day, perfect the next!

This weather is unbelievable! We have just had the driest March with day after day of clear blue skies and now the nights are getting much cooler - down to 16 C last night whereas a week ago the minimum was 24 C. But this 'wet tropics' country needs lots of rain and dries out very fast during dry spells - and already we are having to run the garden sprinklers every day which is unheard-of for this time of year. But of course to our visitors this weather is utterly magical!

Lots of birds around now - Black Bitterns are down by the dam, Rainbow Bee-Eaters, Fig-birds (pictured here). Uh oh - I've just seen a pair of Yellow-spotted Honeyeaters sitting on my circular peg basket hanging on the clothes-line - a couple of years they succeeded in building their nest snugly on top of the pegs - had to go and buy some more pegs so as not to disturb them!