While weeding the garden I was amused to have this little skink (Carlia longipes I think) waiting to see what delicacies I unearthed in the process. It was quite distracting, in a delightful sort of way, to watch his antics and I finally decided to go inside for a camera. Although I mostly couldn’t identify what he was eating I did see him rush towards me, impossibly close to focus, and grab a juicy little caterpillar. I have since discovered that while the heavy steps of a person walking will send them into hiding, quiet weeding noises make them curious. I am going to be much slower weeding the garden in future but it is going to be lots more fun with my new friends – I know he is not alone out there because we watch them basking on rocks and paving stones and dashing about grabbing insects. I’m just glad the chooks were still locked up as they also like to “help” in the garden and this story may have had a different ending.
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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