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These three delightful Large-billed Scrubwrens (Sericornis magnirostris) are likely roosting on their first night out of the nest. Whilst they may be comforted by strength of numbers, their greatest danger comes whilst they sleep, in the form of the formidible nocturnal predator Boiga irregularis, the Brown Tree Snake.
A rasping, guttural distress call came out of the rainforest near our living area at about 9.00pm. A red-legged pademelon was jumping up and down in a frantic, almost deranged state. Closer investigation revealed that an amethystine python had entwined the pademelon’s joey. The joey was biting the snake as it tried to get away, but the python was too strong and determined. There’s a temptation to try to extricate the weaker creature from the coils of the snake, but we do not interfere. Living in a rainforest, rich with wildlife, we have become observers and recorders of life.
When Stoney Creek treefrogs (Litoria lesueuri) mate, hundreds of males congregate around three or four females. In contrast to their normal olive drab, the much smaller and more numerous males display their state of excitement by becoming brilliant bright yellow.