The rainforest is waiting for rain. The large leaves on the rainforest trees are folded and bent down in a prayer for rain. The summer storms are near and the trees should not need to wait long. This is the longest dry period we have had for five years.
The pheasant coucals have left their ground nests and have again taken to the trees. Every evening the birds laboriously climb to the very top of the rainforest to roost. In the early hours of the morning you can hear them call from the tree-tops and the long note ‘ooopp’ wakes the forest sleepers.
(read about the pheasant coucal and listen to its call )
The Indian koel, the’ storm bird’ returned this week from its travels in New Guinea. The koel’s noisy song disturbs the metallic starlings which are generally quietly chirping and chattering like canaries as they select their breakfast feast of fruits.
The figbirds also arrived this week and have joined the starling flock feeding on palm and fig fruits.
Competing for the fallen fruit are the pigs. The pig number have increased dramatically in the Moresby Range National Park. You are more likely to see a pig rather than a cassowary as you drive through the national park on the way out to the Point. This pig was killed by a vehicle last Sunday morning on the Coquette Point road.
I cut up some coconut for the pig cage, a few of the nuts had apples forming inside. I spread the nuts outside the pig cage and to my surprise the cassowary chick ‘Q’ sat down and started eating the coconut apple.
The summer storm will start very soon and the fill that covers the old Jubilee Bridge debris is not grassed over.
Cheers for now,
I managed to capture this shot of a male emerald dove all puffed up sitting on the branch almost in a trance state and dozing for about 20 minutes until it snapped out of it and flew to the ground.
I was quite close to get this shot without it being concerned.