The forest in a spurt of exuberance, no doubt brought on by the deluge it has received this week, has put out the Christmas decorations. The Leichhardt tree, Nauclea orientalis, was the first and it hung gold and white Christmas bubbles, then Brachychiton acerifolius, the flame tree dotted the Moresby Range with red. The brash young Alphitoni petriei, the sarsaparilla tree, not to be outdone, has covered its foliage in snow-white flowers.
Scrub fowls have been very active and I saw some young birds enjoying a coconut I had cut for the pig cage. Both of the fowls were eating the coconut flesh but they moved off as I went to take the photo.
A group of five brown-backed honeyeaters arrived this week. Their melodious call is loud for a little bird and every afternoon they come out of the tree to swim in the bird bath. They are very shy and they fly high up into the branches of the tree as soon as they see me.
Cassowary ‘Big Sis’ is almost fully recovered from her leg injury. She does not limp anymore when she walks, and only slightly when she runs. She is starting to put weight on but still has not got the gloss back in her feathers.
Cheers for now,