Highlights for the week included 2 adult Pacific Baza with 2 juvenile birds which meant last weeks report was wrong, where we stated that only one juvenile survived. The adults were kept busy catching insects including large Cicadas and a very large green caterpillar which the adult half ate before giving it to one of the juveniles.
Two adult Double-eyed Fig-Parrots were seen foraging with 2 juveniles in tow and the Masked Owls were showing well. Two owls came out of their roost hollow they have been using for the last 6+ months and flew off, we then saw two Masked Owls in last years nest tree but could not be sure they were not the two we saw before. Another night had one owl in the roost tree and another in the nest tree and at least another two calling in the distance. An Australian Owlet-nightjar was sitting in his roost hollow one evening before he flew off. A newly fledged Buff-breasted Paradise–Kingfisher was reported by our neighbour Ron Stannard in his garden, this is the first record this season. Our six nests still had birds in at the end of the week. An immature male
An interesting Preying Mantis appeared on the edge of the rainforest
and the continuing wet weather has kept the fungi emerging.
Further afield a day trip into