3 cassowaries
Cassowary season 2021

  Autumn in Wondecla means cassowary season: fruit in the rainforest is getting sparser, whereas there is plenty of tucker in the wet sclerophyll forest. One month ago Dad re-appeared with one small stripey chick in tow. This confirmed our

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Superb Fruit-dove, male
This and That

  This wet season left us about 500mm short of our average rainfall, but a low near the coast right now might be just making up for it. Many birds have been molting, like this Satin Bowerbird, wondering what happened

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Red-browed Finch fishing
Fishing Finches

Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis), like all native Australian finches, belong to the family of Grass-finches (Estrilidiae) and feed mainly on seeds. They do like animal protein, though, and  sometimes gorge themselves on swarming termites. When we get enough summer rain

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Busy Frogs and Lazy Reptiles

The wet season started in late December, and the frogs are making the best of it. Tiny (less than 30mm) Southern Ornate Nursery Frogs (Cophixalus australis) are calling from low vantage points, usually within half a metre off the ground,

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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

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Waiting for rain

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

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