Last year I posted that the Spectacled
Flying Foxes had not turned up in their usual trees as the figs had not
fruited because of the drought.
At the moment they are around
Yungaburra, feeding on the Mulberry-leaved Stinging Tree and
starting in on the White Cedars. Last night we had a Rufous Owl
and a Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo in the same spotlight beam. Both
stayed longer than we did so we had fantastic views of each of them. The owl was
close but the tree-roo was very high though in the open.
Other owls heard were Lesser
Sooty and Boobook (the later not as common as Barking
Other mammals seen included Coppery
Brushtails, Green Ringtails, two Queensland Tube-nosed
Bats, Eastern Horseshoe Bat and various small bats
which I cannot identify on the wing.
Only reptile; three Leaf-tailed
Geckos. One of these was huge and easily seen but one was so difficult
to see once it had shut its eyes that some of my guests just could not make it
out. Their camouflage is excellent.
Many invertebrates but the highlights were large
female White-kneed Cricket, fire flies and a big black wingless
Today TREAT, our local tree planting group put in
5 000 trees in our sixth and penultimate large
public planting of the year.
Alan's Wildlife Tours
On the beautiful Atherton
145* 33' 25"E 17* 16' 40"S