The heavy rain continued to fall with 245.5mm for the week which brings the total rainfall for the year to just over 1m! The wet weather restricted birding and we only saw 48 bird species and heard a further 6 plus 9 reptile/mammal species.
Highlights for the week were more sightings of Pied Imperial Pigeon (2) and a Fan-tailed Cuckoo calling over three days which is unusual here. Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfishers continue to bring food to their nests and the chicks can be heard calling from inside the termite mounds. A pair of Little Shrike-thrush are also feeding at least two chicks in a nest adjacent to our veranda and two juvenile Spotted Catbirds are getting around with their parents terrorising the other birds.
Spotted Catbird - Juvenile
Further afield a quick look north of Mossman (Far North Queensland), at
Interesting beetles continue to be found, this one was out in the rain
before it moved to the underside of the leaf it was on.
Orange Beetle - 2