Winter in Wondecla: reptiles and insects are making themselves scarce. Leaf-tailed Geckos are hiding in hollows,
this Carpet Python is seeking out warm rocks.
There are still a few stick-insects around, like this Maclaey’s Sceptre.
Crested Shrike-tits are calling often, and are checking lose strips of bark for spiders and ants (as do Victoria’s Riflebirds). Several smaller species of birds are also patrolling the tree trunks, not just the White-throated Tree-creepers, but Pied Monarch Flycatchers and even Mountain Thornbills.
The platypus in our creek is active even in the middle of the day, sometimes travelling surprisingly nimbly and fast overland to avoid obstacles in the water.
One of our Northern Brown Bandicoots, a nocturnal species, is often out and about in the afternoons.
The Rose Gums are still flowering, so there is a cacophony of Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets in the canopy, especially in the mornings.
Creek Satinash (Syzygium smithii) are fruiting heavily, attracting flocks of Satin Bowerbirds and King Parrots,
which are being often scattered by a juvenile Collared Sparrowhawk, honing its hunting skills (still a lot of honing to do!)
Amongst the Sparrowhawk’s distinguishing features is the elongated middle toe (longer than in the similar Brown Goshawk).
A big surprise was this female Tree-kangaroo, who was spotted a few days ago by our guests near the cabin. What looked like a black foot was, on closer inspection, the head of a very small joey sticking out of the pouch!(photo taken by Stacey Rod)
It looks like this might be a different female than the one we saw a couple of months ago with a large daughter by her side (see our March blog).
Another proud mum is this Red-legged Pademelon: