Out of the six piglets five were male. Pigs like many other animals control the sex of their offspring depending on food availability. With only one female in the litter it is an indication that food is short in the forest.
He looked at me as I took the photo and slipped into the water and disappeared. ‘Midget’ is about 1.5 metres long.
I went for a walk around to the front beach on Thursday. Still no sign of the Little Terns. No sign of a sign informing people of the sea-bird nesting site either. There were footprints of man and dogs across the dune and while I was there a man was walking an unrestrained dog. The red-capped dotterel’s chicks have hatched and the adult birds kept the chicks on the move while I was there. The chicks are so tiny and vulnerable.
Dad 2’s chicks are almost as large as their father but still staying close by him with no sign of separation. This could be an indication of the shortage of food available. However both Dad 2 and chicks are looking plump and healthy due to some help by local residents.
The Amethystine Python that I call ‘Monty’ shed his skin last night. There was lots of noise at the back of the house and on investigation found ‘Monty’ using the capping tiles on the roof to help remove his skin.
This morning the Wildlife ranger who brought the cassowary food helped me measure the skin. It was in perfect condition and measured five metres long. A large poo was deposited on the roof close to the skin.
If you haven’t completed a submission on the Draft Management Plan for Hinchinbrook and island waters you only have until the 31 October.
To make it easy to do so there is a link to a form submission on my web-site http://violets-and-lace.com//
Cheers for now,
Here's one shot of a Litoria on Licuala (at least I think its a Litoria of some sort) . . .
Your frog looks to be Litoria bicolor aka the Northern dwarf tree frog which is very similar to Litoria fallax the eastern dwarf tree frog but in fallax the white stripe usually stops at the forearm.
I always enjoy your additions to the Coquette news and please keep me on your list!
The story made state wide news and the papers http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/09/15/182445_local-news.html and it was nice to see the EPBC Act protect something special....full marks to DEWHA investigating officers!
Ps dove shots were great Yvonne!