A bit late with the News, computer problems again. However, thanks to a ‘white knight’ called Laurie I am now all sorted as he showed me how to use the f8 key.Record rainfall fell last week and a flood warning was issued for the Johnstone River on Tuesday. Quite amazing as it is the middle of the ‘dry season’. However the deluge, this time, didn’t result in a lot of sediment runoff and by Wednesday the Johnstone River was running clean.
Today there was a welcome change in the weather, the wind died down, the rain stopped and this afternoon the sun came out. The Innisfail Outrigger Club held its regatta today and all had a wonderful time on the river with lots of cheering and glee sounding across the river from first light this morning. The crested terns who have been fishing up the river all week, due no doubt to the bad weather, flew over the boats curious to see what all the fuss was about so early in the morning.
On Tuesday I heard the unmistakable chatter of a Hawk coming from the trees. As I walked toward the sound I heard the shrike of a frog and before my eyes a Hawke flew into a tree above me with a green frog in its claw.
Many birds were active today enjoying the fine weather and were busy gathering food.
Praying mantis are hatching and the egg case, ootheca, can contain over 100 little mantids. Keep an eye out for these little cases on leaves and even fences.
I was again drawn to the fastidious of these little creatures as I watched one little mantid clean itself.