Lots of butterflies fluttering around the forest and the Swamp Tigers are mating.
Low tides in the early morning have been ideal for beach walking, necessary before the scorching sun rises and makes it unbearable to be outside.
The Innisfail Outrigger Club had six boats in the Johnstone River this morning and I spoke to some of the rowers when they pulled up on the Spit for a rest and strategy meeting. They were very interested to learn about the Little Terns and we all watched the terns fishing in the early morning light.
One of the members, Donna, told me they had seen a Spoonbill on the mudflats off Vuleta Estates. They were also very excited to tell me that they had just seen a White-tailed kingfisher in the mangroves, its bright orange chest contrasting against the green foliage in the early morning light. The White-tailed Kingfisher is a migrant from New Guinea and visits North Queensland in summer to breed. It builds its nests in termite mounds usually on the forest floor. It is a thrilling sight to see this beautiful bird and I will be keeping a close lookout for it and the spoonbill.
David has given me his phone number and if anyone has any information about his family he would like to speak to them. Ring me and I will pass on his contact.
Cheers for now,