Not just birds – the Wet Season brings out all creatures great and small

This is a very odd ‘Wet Season’ – much hotter that usual (but there is no climate change according to our government)and with occasional storms rather than good monsoonal rains. Plants are thriving in the heat and humidity, but we humans are wilting a bit!

While good for our local birds – everything breeding before the rains come and while there is plentiful food, it is also a fabulous time for insects, reptile and amphibians.

The waterways and swampy bits are alive with the ‘crock, crock, crocking’ of the Giant white-lipped Green Tree Frogs and the nagging wife cry of the Australian Wood Frog.
The Litoria Leseuri are mating in our garden water feature and I’m currently feeding frozen spinach to more taddies in one of the bird baths. The last lot did well!

A friend brought us a beautiful Amethystine Python a few days ago. He was harassing our friend’s pets, but seems quite content here at Red Mill House.

 

Amethystine Python

Amethystine Python

 

Amethystine Python

Amethystine Python

Unfortunately we found a Boyd’s Forest Dragon as road kill a few days ago – such a shame as we rarely get to see them here in town. They are an amazingly pre-historic looking creature.

Boyd's Forest Dragon

Boyd’s Forest Dragon

Insects are busy – lots of butterflies, stick insects, beetles, katydids and preying mantis. A nice place to be at this time of year.

Mantid

Mantid