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Living with Cassowaries – Part 2

Living with Cassowaries - Part 2 Big Bertha has become accustomed to public admiration.  She was first described as The Grand Dame of the Daintree, in the Port Douglas Mossman Gazette and her image was distributed to readers across Tropical North Queensland.  Standing tall, with her head in line with her massive feet, [...]

By |2018-12-08T19:40:25+00:00December 8th, 2018|Birds, Fauna|0 Comments

The art of camouflage

The art of camouflage Daintree Rainforest showcases the art of camouflage and is renowned as the World’s longest surviving rainforest.  This claim is based on the number of families of primitive flowering plants called Angiosperms that remain today.  However, the enormity of this claim is dwarfed by the intricacy and variety of [...]

By |2018-12-08T20:08:50+00:00December 6th, 2018|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments

Scorpion-tailed Spiders en masse

Until recently, sightings of this rarely-seen Scorpion-tailed Spider (Arachnura melanura) could have been counted on one hand, then approximately fifty of them were found on one tree in our tropical fruit orchard. A star-apple fruit tree (Chrysophyllum cainito), with an abundant growth of epiphytes, was loaded,  but given the amazing mimicry of a dead leaf, it is possible that in the [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:24:57+00:00July 3rd, 2016|Spiders|0 Comments

Red Boobook

After more than twenty-years of searching Daintree Rainforest for all manner of cryptic life forms, we have at last photographic evidence of this rare Red Boobook (Ninox boobook lurida).   The Southern Boobook (Ninox boobook) is also known as  Mopoke, Morepork, Spotted Owl or Marbled Owl. This Red Boobook is a smaller bird and a subspecies that is darker in [...]

By |2015-07-25T14:39:05+00:00July 25th, 2015|Birds|0 Comments

Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata)

I recently chanced upon a curious fluorescence out the corner of my eye, beneath the movement of a small black invertebrate. Upon closer inspection, I was delighted to see the Northern Jewelled Spider (Gasteracantha fornicata), weaving its fluorescent green egg-sac. For many years I had wondered which spider was responsible for the moss-mimicking green pillows [...]

By |2018-01-31T08:59:58+00:00May 11th, 2015|Fauna, Spiders|0 Comments

Daintree Tree Frogs

Daintree Tree Frogs have become synonymous with environmentalism. Their beauty, diversity and susceptability to environmental stresses, have elevated their importance to a level of almost universal appeal. Every now and then we are advised that certain species are disappearing in the wild. Green-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria genimaculata) is one species that attracts such concern. I [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:25:07+00:00May 9th, 2015|Fauna, Frogs|0 Comments

Breakfast with the Boyd’s

Boyd's Forest Dragon (Hypsilurus boydii), resplendent in his camouflaged coating and ornate headdress, had a fortuitous visit this morning.  A Giant Tropical Mantid (Hierodula majuscula) made the mistake of walking into sight of the ever-vigilant dragon and swiftly became breakfast. Boyd”s Forest Dragons are endemic to the rainforests of Australia’s Wet Tropics. They can reach a total length of 54-cm and [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:25:07+00:00May 4th, 2015|Insects, Reptiles|0 Comments

Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko

Northern leaf-tailed gecko (Salturarius cornutus) is Australia’s largest gecko with a length to 23-cm. It has spindly limbs, sharp-clawed toes and a very flat body with lichen-like blotches. It is arboreal and forages at night for insects among protective foliage where it is well camouflaged. Females usually lay one or two eggs in a crevice and after eight to [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:25:07+00:00April 22nd, 2015|Reptiles|0 Comments

Chameleon Gecko

Chameleon Gecko (Carphodactylus laevis) and Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuaris cornutus) are two Geckos occasionally seen on a Cooper Creek Wilderness Nocturnal Wildlife Tour, from the Family Gekkonidaea, having Gondwanan ancestral forebears dating back 100-million years.  Chameleon Gecko (Carphodactylus laevis) is a species in a monotypic genus of Australian gecko.  It is the only member of its genus and is [...]

By |2016-10-12T20:25:07+00:00April 21st, 2015|Reptiles|0 Comments