Updated: Apr 8, 2021
The creeks are dry except for a few shallow pools. We set up a sensor camera on one of these refuges and watched it disappear. The wildlife visiting this small waterhole was extraordinary. A great number of birds, a water dragon, giant water spider, many Red-necked Wallaby’s, a feral cat and feral pigs!
Here is the link to "Kookaburras At Water Refuge".
A neighbour observed a dead Rakali (Water Rat) in a dry creek bed. They reckon it "ran out of habitat”. Sad.
The creek water refuge has now disappeared so we put a container of fresh water in the bush and set a camera. What we are seeing is an amazing recording of bird life in the bush. We use the term "Spying On Birds", we've also sighted several new species to add to the Istari list.
Here is the link to "Spying On Birds Part A".
Late May, we experienced a most vicious frost. Many plants and small trees were greatly affected. A lot of these plants were yet to recover from last years brutal winter. The bush now appears very open and has a definitive autumn/winter feel. The Caladenia catenata are in bloom as are the Coastal Banksias. What would the bush be without these blooming banksias!
We’ve invested in a new super zoomy camera which has greatly enhanced our ability to identify the smaller birds like this Brown Honeyeater, another new discovery for Istari.