Several days of heavy rainfall during the wet season, when the ground is already saturated, can result in some areas becoming inundated. Birds take advantage of any breaks in the rain to feed on insects moving up and away from the rising water.
However, it is not always like that during the summer months and recently we have enjoyed early mornings in which the air is clearer and cooler after overnight rain. It’s good to rise early so there is time to get a few things done outside before it becomes too uncomfortable in the steamy heat and before the storm clouds roll in during the afternoon.
Now that most of our rainforest regeneration is well established with canopy closure, our focus is on maintaining access paths. It is not hard work to clear some of the branches hanging too low and the disturbance of vegetation often encourages insectivorous birds. Lovely Fairy-wrens, in particular, often come in close to take advantage of any insects that may have been dislodged.
We have a lovely path between us and our neighbour, who also forms part of Wild Wings & Swampy Things Nature Refuge. Leaving our driveway, it winds around one of our ponds and over Effie Creek on a footbridge before a gentle slope rises to our boundary. Azure Kingfishers can often be heard along Effie Creek which copes with the run-off from the main road. The water is filtered as it runs through our front pond system and finally enters Barratt Creek.