Winter Magic

At last, those cold (for us) nights and fabulous days. The growth on the cyclone-damaged trees around Red Mill House garden is extraordinarily and trees and garden plants are starting to flower and fruit again. Interestingly for us, one day aboout 10 weeks after Cyclone Ita, all our hungry, bossy, demonstrative garden birds that were queuing up each day for fruit, nectavite, bread, seeds – whatever they else could get, just suddenly stopped. No longer were they taking all the kitchen scraps and within a day or so  it was like ‘ I only eat Cavendish bananas, thank you’. What a great sign for us of the usefulness of feeding wild birds when they need it, and of how there is no dependence on this free food. As soon their own, natural foods reappeared, they were gone from the feeders.

Spangled Drongo

Spangled Drongo

These two, the Helmeted Friarbird and Spangled Drongo, always make their presence felt, however.

Helmeted Friarbird

Helmeted Friarbird

Some interesting birds here in Daintree of late – White-gaped Honeyeater need the jetty in Daintree Village and White-eared Monarch on the Daintree River.

Lots of great Cassowary sighting around the Daintree Discovery Centre.