Hello from windy Coquette Point,
Cool and sunny Easter weather has morphed into wet and wild gale force winds which have lashed the coast since Thursday and more is to come. An area of low pressure, which is moving west coupled with a very large southern high has turned the normally gentle trade winds into the roaring 40’s.
The butterflies are having difficulty in managing the wind and a pale lemon form, or at least that is what I think it is, of the Pale Triangle, graphium eurypylus, which is seldom seen in a resting mode, was easy to photograph this week. Its cousin the green-spotted triangle seemed to cope better with the wind.
The subadult ‘Don’ is having a hard time as all the other cassowaries chase him however he seems to have settled down here and does not intend to move into new territory. I see him wandering around once or twice every day. However I have not seen ‘Don’s’ sibling ‘Q’ for three months.
The crocodiles ‘Midget’ about 1.5 metres and ‘Charlene’ about 2.5 metres are regularly on the beach.
I went down showed the people, who were visiting from Bougia Island in the Torres Straits, the photos and slide marks of ‘Charlene’ and advised them to keep the children away from the water’s edge. They thanked me and told the children to play high up on the beach.
There is a crocodile sign on the beach, I don’t know what more can be done, it is only a matter of time before someone is taken by a crocodile.
River estuaries are dynamic systems and it was interesting to see a new dune system establishing, already above the high tide mark, and a lagoon forming behind it. It will be interesting to see what happens to this formation following the strong winds over the last few days.
I have added three new Jumping Spiders to my photographic collection this week, I hope you can enjoy them and are not arachnophobias.
Cheers for now,