The forest has been noisy of late with birdcalls. The whipbird males have stopped their urgent calls as they have mated with their adoring females. Fantailed cuckoos, golden whistlers, grey shrike-thrushes, Lewin’s honeyeaters have all been tting in on the action.
Most of the fruit trees are now in full fruit. The wet weather has had an impact on many insects and their numbers are now lower than normal.
I haven’t spent a night on the mountain recently, but in the valleys of the Scenic Rim frogs are changing their activities as well. We heard the whistling tree-frogs and clicking froglets throughout winter, but their voices have now been joined by those of ornate burrowing frogs, marsh frogs, sedgefrogs and emerald-spotted tree-frogs, and the male stoney-creek frogs are starting to develop their yellow breeding colours. Folks staying on the mountain might like to investigate what the frogs up there are doing now especially after all of the rain
Ronda Green, BSc(Hons) PhD