Wandering Whistling Duck have returned to the wetlands after an absence of a few months. They are so well camouflaged amongst the waterlilies that I wouldn’t have noticed them if I hadn’t been scanning around with the binoculars.
Grey and Rufous Fantail have arrived for their winter residency; it is always delightful to watch them hunting for insects. We have recently enjoyed regular close sightings of Gould’s Bronze Cuckoo on the edge of the rainforest along the creek where there is usually much activity in the morning sun. And there are lots of butterflies about, especially when there is a burst of sun in between showers on a a wet day.
About Wildwings and SwampythingsWild Wings & Swampy Things is the home of Barbara Maslen and Allen Sheather. This 40ha property is a Nature Refuge situated on Barratt Creek in Daintree, Queensland, Australia.
Once cleared and marginally productive farming land it has, over the last 26 years, been restored to a productive eco-system inhabited by many species of both resident and migratory wildlife.
The various habitats represented on the property support a diverse bird population, numerous reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and an abundance of insect life. We enjoy sharing our observations of plants and animals seen at home as well as during local excursions and occasional longer trips away from our base.
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