Friday, October 29, 2010

Wonderful weather!

After so much rain we're enjoying a beautiful spell of magnificent weather - have just about caught up with all the mowing and garden-tidying again although now everything's growing so FAST it'll all need doing again soon.

This is the view from the gardens between Cassowary Castle and Birdwing Bungalow, looking down to the very full dam - such an unusual sight for this time of the year.  Just after this I spotted one of our many Saw-shelled Turtles sunning itself on a semi-submerged branch in the water - next thing a Black Bittern flew overhead so they must, as usual, be nesting here again.

The valley's alive with birds now - the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers are everywhere and their calls echo from dawn till dusk.  We're keeping an eye on all the known termite-mounds for the first signs of nest-excavating.  Still trying to get a clear shot - I took this a few minutes ago from the verandah outside the office.

Sunbirds have built another nest in the shed, right near the barbeque table so if all goes well guests will have a birds-eye view of the growing family.  As long as the terrible Butcher Birds don't interfere - I know it's nature but we hate to see how they attack and kill our smaller birds.

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