Photography has been quite a challenge recently – poor light conditions as well as an exceedingly damp atmosphere. Last week I thought I might have to test my abilities to write some descriptive prose without the benefit of colour illustrations. However, luckily we have had a couple of sunny days ………………….
The first photo shows a Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) eating the fruit of a Bandicoot Berry (Leea indica) which just happens to be growing not far from our verandah. From this angle, in the subdued afternoon light, you can see how the Wompoo blends so well into its environment but in the next shot this gorgeous plump pigeon is displaying its rich purple chest and golden yellow underparts. Wompoos have a variety of strange calls, their common name is somewhat descriptive of a call one often hears in the forest but when they are feeding we mostly hear ‘puck, puck’ which triggers our response to race for the camera!
The Bandicoot Berry is a fast growing large native shrub, which fruits frequently and so in times such as this when many other trees are not fruiting they are especially valuable. This Spotted Catbird (Ailuroedus melanotis) has also been grabbing a quick snack . Incidentally, we have never observed Bandicoots eating the fruit of Leea indica but perhaps they do when we’re not looking.