Monday, 12 March 2012

Jottings from the Tropics: 12 March 2012

The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler. It is not yet double doona weather, but that is not far off. This morning, four pademelons were huddled together at the edge of the rainforest, warming up in the sun before they began the day's business of eating, scratching and snoozing. And looking winsome, of course. They do that especially well.

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And as the temperature drops, it might be time to try out an idea I came up with last winter — footwear made by strapping two bandicoots to each ankle. They'll keep my feet warm, pick up dust and decoy ticks. (Although ticks love me so much, they might crawl straight over the marsupials.) When it gets colder, I'll swap the bandicoot foot warmers for pademelon leg warmers. I have not worked out what to do if it rains. I could make a hat, I suppose, by Velcro-ing together four brown cuckoo-doves.

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A colourful afternoon n the garden — a pair of yellow-throated scrubwrens and a yellow-breasted boatbill. The latter shines like a pocket-sized sun. It's a close run race, but I wonder if the boatbill is the most intensely yellow of all Australian birds? I'll have to see one next to a golden whistler before I make a determination. (I think they both beat the shrike-tits and eastern yellow robin. What do you reckon?)

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