Sunday, November 28, 2010

A few updates

The valley continues to echo with the calls of the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers and now the Rainbow Lorikeets (very common throughout the country) are squabbling over various fruits and blossoms.  These guys appear to have upset a little Honeyeater - high up in the foliage so hard to tell what kind but you can see the long slim Honeyeater's beak.

Strange weather for November with a real mix of sunshine and showers - so far 350 mm or about 14 inches of rain this month - and we're still waiting for them to finish our bridge!!!  So close now with just the approach roads to finish before putting down the bitumen.

A sad postscript to our Sunbird nest - the nest was abandoned and now no sign of either eggs or babies.  The nest hasn't been damaged so we don't think they were taken by a predator.  They sometimes suffer from a virus so we suspect that might have been what happened.  Still heaps of Sunbirds around so hopefully 'ours' are trying again!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sunbird babies

A lovely sight this morning with Mum now feeding her offspring which must have hatched overnight.  We don't know yet how many but hopefully both eggs have hatched successfully. 

All this going on with people walking round, cooking barbeques and sitting at the table which is almost underneath her nest!

Such a common sight here but we never tire of watching (and keeping fingers crossed for) our beautiful tiny Yellow-bellied - sometimes called Olive-backed - Sunbirds!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kookaburra

You learn something new every day!  Our neighbour Lex, who is a keen nature photographer and also works as a tour guide on the Daintree River wildlife-watching tour-boats, has just called in and taken us just down the road from our driveway to show us a Kookaburra nest.  I had no idea they also nest in termite mounds high up on tree-trunks (unlike the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers which use mounds on the ground).  We waited a while but one of the adult birds stayed in a nearby tree - and just laughed at us as only a Kookaburra can do!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

And here she is ...

Mother Yellow-bellied Sunbird in her nest ... and below you can see, top left, how close the nest is to the barbeque table!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Nesting time

Some furious nesting going on now in the valley! Two of the termite mounds alongside our walking tracks now have Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher nesting-holes - this one is about 18 inches or 45cm high - and we hear their calls from dawn till dusk. Likewise the Wompoo Fruit Doves which seem to be nesting in their usual spot - Black Bitterns around the dam too.


And our Sunbird nest in the shed now has two eggs and Mum sits quite happily as people wander around - still trying to get a good photo of her so watch this space.



This is one of our smaller butterflies, an Orange Bushbrown (Mycalesis terminus), and a fairly common sight flying close to the ground.