Friday, 1 January 2016

Jottings from the Tropics: 1 January 2016


Happy New Year!

Well, 2015 was…interesting.

I moved home three times last year, but I’m starting 2016 in a house in the rainforest. A house in the rainforest not very far from my first place on the Tablelands. There are pademelons,

Hello

brush-turkeys,

one day old and capable of flying


frogs,

green-eyed tree frog


and snakes.

well-fed carpet python


Quite a lot of snakes, as it turns out.

brown tree snake


I’ve added one species to the life list — northern dwarf crowned snake (Cacophis churchilli) — and one to the life scared out of me list — a red-bellied black snake that wandered into the house one afternoon and took up residence under a book case. It stayed under there for several hours, unwilling to leave. Finally, I called a snake catcher, who relocated it to a more suitable habitat closer to the river. Everyone involved — me, snake and snake catcher — was happy with that solution.

Also happy with that solution were the yellow-blotched rainforest skinks (Eulamprus tigrinus), which would have made a nice meal for the RBBS. A small colony of these skinks lives on the ground floor. They get under my feet and leave their droppings everywhere, but they are useful as insect hunters and scavengers of crumbs. I have turfed them out of the house several times, but they find their way back in. Yet again, I am outsmarted by the wildlife.

avoiding my feet

So 2016 looks as though it might be a good year. That’s based on the first sixteen hours, so I might be calling it too soon. But I have things to do and places to go, stories to read and stories to write, and a diary with a few more gaps to fill.

Here’s to a great 2016, everyone!

7 comments:

waldlaeufer68 said...

All the best for 2016 happiness, health for you and your family, many motifs in new year
greetings Frank

mick said...

The pademelon is cute, I can even admire the frog - but I really draw the line at the snakes! I hope you have a great 2016 and keep us enthralled with all you rainforest adventures!!

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

I would be all nerves having such slithery creatures in the house. If the situation persists, I would abandon it. Happy New Year to you.

biobabbler said...

Ah, delightful! =) I'm glad you're back deep in the carbon-dense forest. What a treat for us. =)
I'm all in favor of having a positive outlook, even based on only 16 hrs. Happy 2016 to youuuuuu! =)

Unknown said...

Followed your blog off and on for a few years..not sure how I found it. Just wanted to say I enjoy it!

Snail said...

*waves at everyone*

Jeni from Northern Rivers Dreaming said...

Belated Happy New Year from me too!