Laurie's message echoes our regular experiences at our place an hour
north of Brisbane. I can usually tell when the carpet snake is out and
about from the cacophony of calls from Noisy Miners, Grey Butcherbirds
and Blue-faced Honeyeaters, which all reserve their own special call
for such events.
A macaranga (rainforest pioneer species) near our house flowers
prolifically at this time of year, and makes one great mess. However the
perspective of the Scaly-breasted and Rainbow Lorikeets is more positive
than ours. They take up position at dawn and haunt the tree all day. It
is clearly a good provider for the birds. Last week from my study I
heard the usual warning calls from the bird police, and found that the
python had established itself at the lorikeet dinner table. It had
cleverly wound itself up in the large, abundant leaves to form an
amorphous blob which no longer looked like a snake, and the only thing
sticking out was its head, ready for a passing meal.
A couple of days ago I thought it was on again, but this time it was a
besieged-looking ringtail possum, caught exposed as it moved along a
branch. The poor possum really looked cornered and intimidated by the
L&L Knight wrote:
An anger of birds is like a box of chocolates. You never know what
you're going to get.
I woke to an anger of miners, crows, magpies and butcherbirds - going
off outside my bedroom window this morning. There had be something
interesting, so I wandered out to see what was going on.
I looked for an owl or goshawk in the trees - nothing. The crows flew
off and the miners settled down, but the Grey Butcherbirds were moving
around low in the "little forest". I moved cautiously to the back
fence and found a very handsome carpet snake draped along a branch.
It was about 2 metres long - its head wasn't particularly large, but
probably big enough to eat a wide cross-section of wildlife.
I got some nice pix - thanks to the anger of birds.
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