Tag Archives: Bush Stone-curlew

Keeping a low profile

We’ve been aware that our resident pair of Bush Stone-curlew have taken to spending more time in the area around the house rather than in the orchard which is adjacent to the creek.   Perhaps the regular calls of the Dingoes along the creek and in the hills was making them nervous or they just enjoy a bit of company – for whatever reason they have been hanging about amongst the clumping bamboos.   The culm sheaths which litter the ground under these giant clumps make quite good camouflage.

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The bird became a little nervous about the intrusion of the lens into its personal space but remained in the one place so we are wondering if it might be sitting on a egg or two.  The somewhat frantic evening serenade has been absent for a few nights now so they might be trying to keep their present locality a secret.   We’ll leave them in peace and hope they have some success in their breeding endeavours.

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High Tide

The green tunnel of our driveway has a puddle in the dip before it ascends to the main road.   A lot of water is directed under our drive through a couple of concrete pipes but sometimes when heavy rain coincides with a high tide the water just hasn’t anywhere to go but up.   The Daintree River is flooding and Continue reading

Nesting highs and woes …..

We’re always excited to find a new bird nest but I suppose some species we watch more keenly than others.  There have been no further reports on the Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) as the nest was deserted two weeks after we first observed it.  We have a lot of hypothetical scenarios but no real clues as to what could have happened. 

Fortunately the nesting Frogmouths on the Daintree River have been having more success. Continue reading

November News Snippets

White-browed Crake frequently calling to each other, flying low over the mass of water lilies and feeding along the muddy edges in the shelter of the sedge. Often they venture onto the lily pads, fluttering about to stir up the insects which they feed on as well as water lily seeds.
The Bush Stone-Curlew are still a family of 3 with their one chick now about adult size.
A single male Green Pygmy-Goose arrived and after some hesitant introductions he has attached himself to the trio although he is often observed trailing behind them.
Pheasant Coucal are obviously in full breeding plumage, their gurgling calls part of the late afternoons on a hot day in Spring.
The Metallic Starling nesting tree is lively with offspring of all ages, some nearly fledging while others are still being fed in the nest. And in the centre of this huge native fig is the Brahminy Kite nest with an adult sitting and the other not usually too far away.