Spring is here

Tree-roo baby close-up

The Turpentine trees have begun to flower, attracting honeyeaters and lorikeets during the day and Little Red Flying Foxes at night. The smaller Symplocos trees are in full bloom and some of our large Rainforest Rock Orchids have just finished flowering.

Symplocos flowers


Rainforest Rock Orchid

Several small flocks of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets are coming down from the canopy for a drink at the bird baths and pond.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet


Many Scarlet Honeyeaters are setting up territories and building nests.

Scarlet Honeyeater, female gathering nesting material

White-throated Treecreepers, Rainbow Lorikeets , Macleay’s Honeyeaters, Golden and Rufous Whistlers are among the many other species also breeding now. Spangled Drongos arrived yesterday. Sacred Kingfishers are calling often.

Sacred Kingfisher, fluffed up

Everyone is very busy and it is difficult to decide where to sit and watch all that activity. Well, I happened to pick a good spot: while others are working hard,

David Parer filming riflebirds
David Parer filming riflebirds at the cabin

I am sitting on our veranda to write this. A female Lumholtz’s Tree-kangaroo is sitting about 5 metres away from me in a small Acacia, resting and feeding occasionally.

Tree-roo female

When she eventually turns around, I can see the joey, too .

Tree-roo mum with baby in pouch

Tree-roo baby in pouch

Tree-roo baby close-up


It is still very small and I am looking forward to see it leave the pouch!

2 thoughts on “Spring is here

  1. We enjoyed the recent blogs which follow our recent stay at the cabin. Hopefully, David was able to get good results with his extended stay and addition of scaffolding. I am currently working through digital photos from the trip, and have especially enjoyed working on the RAW files from the young riflebird displays. Thanks so much for making our stay an enjoyable one. We envy your opportunity to enjoy the unique resources contained within your property on a daily basis.

    1. Sorry, Nick, I only now found your comment. David was very happy with the riflebird footage he got, and it was good timing, too: the displays stopped as soon as he had left. We were joking, that he must have packed up the birds in one of his many suitcases! They are back now, freshly molted and with juveniles in tow.

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