Thursday, 23 July 2009
Hooray for Bollywood!
Every morning, my driveway is covered in fallen fruit, dislodged from the bollywood (Litsea) trees by overnight wind or rain, by messy possums or by a combination of all three. By lunchtime, emerald doves and pademelons have cleaned up most of the mess. (Catbirds may take the odd fruit as an hors d'oeuvre, but they prefer larger items. They are not dainty feeders.)
Bollywood is a staple item in the diet of many rainforest species. Although the fruit isn't yet ripe, the animals aren't deterred. I've seen no doves lying around clutching their stomachs and groaning from indigestion. And the pademelons seem to have cast iron constitutions, so they can eat anything (including stinging tree seedlings). I expect the variety of fruit-eating species will increase as the bollywood bounty ripens over the next few weeks. And when the quandongs mature ...