Cassowaries and Tree-kangaroos

Cassowary chicks often hatch in September (rainforest fruits usually are most bountiful in spring and summer). As there is not much food for them in the wet sclerophyll forest at that time, we normally get to see the family in June/July, when the chicks are much bigger, have lost their stripes and are almost ready for life on their own.

Yesterday, though, 5 year old “Goldfinger” came by very late in the day with two small striped chicks. They are probably about 2 months old and his first offspring. He mated with “Wattle”, the alpha female in the area, in June 2019 (once even just outside our kitchen window!), but didn’t have any chicks that year.

Notice his wet feet: they had a drink from the creek not far down the track.

5 year old cassowary and 2 month old chick

Tree-kangaroo joeys normally leave the pouch around September, and this season our female Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo has 2 joeys on foot: last year’s daughter and the new baby.


Tree-kangaroo mum and big daughter



Waiting for rain


No sign, yet, of the wet season here.  These Green-eyed Tree-frogs are patiently waiting for rain.

Green-eyed Tree-frogs

I am surprised that the female is tolerating the male. They’ve been hanging out like this on top of the cabin’s window sill for the last few days!

Our creek has almost dried up, so the bird baths are in high demand.

Here are a few of the visitors:

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets at birdbath

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets.

Many are here now that the Red Mahoganies (Eucalyptus resinifera) are flowering.

Rainbow and Little Lorikeets are part of that flock, too, and in the evenings Little Red Flying Foxes take over the canopy..

White-browed Scrubwren
White-browed Scrubwren


Fuscous Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater (“Herberton Honeyeater”)


Red-browed Finch
Red-browed Finch, nicely showing the red rump


adult and immature male Scarlet Honeyeaters
adult and immature male Scarlet Honeyeaters


male White-throated Treecreeper
male White-throated Treecreeper

Treecreepers always walk into the water backwards!

White-cheeked & White-throated Honeyeaters
White-cheeked & White-throated Honeyeaters


White-naped Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater


High above the bird bath, a young male Victoria’s Riflebird is trying to attract attention:

young male Victoria's Riflebird

Adult male:


If you thought a male Victoria’s Riflebird is a black bird with a few patches of metallic blue, have a closer look at the ‘black’ parts:

Victoria's Riflebird plumage close-up


Just about all the smaller birds are breeding now, with many hungry mouths waiting to be fed:

Macleay's Honeyeaters
Macleay’s Honeyeaters


A young Tooth-billed Bowerbird came to the birdfeeder:

Tooth-billed Bowerbird

What a wonderful forest, where you can see Tooth-billed Bowerbirds (a rainforest species) together with Little Lorikeets (a species of open woodlands)!