Saturday, 4 April 2015

Wet as weekend.

Just photos no waffling on today. An afternoon walk in the local rainforest. Alright I might waffle a bit - This little patch of rainforest here on the Sunny Coast has been a favourite haunt for a lot of years now but recently, say the last year or two maybe more it seems to be changing. Sometimes there are lots of critters to be seen, others like today bugger all which is understandable. The thing that is really noticeable lately though is that the leaf litter is disappearing. There are lots of giant earth worms in there pulling leaves into their burrows for snacks and a few Brush Turkeys tidying the place up for their egg mounds which are all normal occurrences in a healthy forest but there is bugger all leaf litter on the ground anywhere. My understanding is that a rainforest runs on its leaf litter layer. I'm no ecologist or scientist but it just doesn't seem right to me. Does anyone have any theories as to what might be going on here? Stupid me didn't think to take a photo to highlight my point, but there you go, told you I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed.

A Murray's Skink, one of two sighted today. They are usually thick on the ground.
This fella had a recent run in with something that either wanted to eat him or get him out of its territory.

A juvenile Southern Angle Headed Dragon also with a very short tail. Sorry about the blurry pic.

A large adult male of the same species. Scruffy looking bugger.

A forest within a forest - growing up the base of a tree.

A very small epiphyte starting life in the forest.

Told you it's been wet there were fu fu fungi everywhere. Well not really but there were a few.

Another forest within a forest. This time a little fairy princesses forest.

Cheers see you soon.


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