Last month Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc on the Whitsunday Coast, Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Devastating for that area!
By the time Debbie had blustered her way down to us on the Sunshine Coast, she’d been downgraded to a tropical storm. We were very fortunate to escape with relatively minor damage from the heavy rain and strong winds.
As reported in The Brisbane Times, South-East Queensland was battered by high winds and received a drenching. Schools were closed for two days (Yay!) and workers were encouraged to stay home. Image: Bureau of Meteorology. 30th March 2017
Thankfully, last Tuesday we had the first decent fall of rain for this year. A very, very welcome 83mm. It may not seem much, but it’s been a long wait and we hope it’s the beginning of some regular falls for at least a short while. Fingers crossed.
It’s difficult having only rain water tanks to service the house and a large garden.
We know it’s October in Queensland when the jacarandas come into bloom. The honeyeaters move from the fading callistemons and melaleucas to the gorgeous purple flowers of the jacarandas.
Here are some other birds we found in the garden this month:
Our cottage is on 5 acres of steeply sloping land.
Living on a steep block of land does have some advantages: great views, cool breeze flows through the house in the summer….and…um…it’s an advantage to be on high ground in a battle??
View from the back porch
I’m enjoying taking photos of birds around the garden. Some can be found in amongst the garden beds while others are a little harder to find in the woodland/overgrown weedy areas.
Spring must be close because the birds in the garden are very active…and loud!
Last weekend I swear we were the location for ‘Kookaburra Wars’. Lots of males vying for the attention of, what seemed, oh too few females. I was shocked by just how brutal the dominant male was – three times I saw a young male knocked to the ground, and he still kept trying to strut his stuff. Being very territorial birds I guess it’s understandable but gosh, it was hard to watch.
All this action made me stop and think how lucky we are to have such a wonderful array of birdlife around us. In response I thought I’d start an on-going blog page that showcases the birds in our garden. Continue reading
Australian native bees are great pollinators.
In the garden we have a hive of social (as against solitary) Australian native bees. Being allergic to bee stings, I’m grateful for having these stingless bees in the veggie patch, among the fruit trees, and in the general garden.
Foraging among the tiny flowers of a grass tree
Our little fellas, numbering around 2000, belong to the tetragonula carbonaria species. They are probably the most common native bees found in South East Queensland. They only travel up to 500 metres from their home, are very small, and so are able to successfully negotiate delicate little flowers. Unlike honey bees, their prime focus is the collection of pollen (not nectar) so they are a great asset with cross-pollination. Continue reading