We’re at the moment within the Wet Season in Broome and now we have had plenty of rain already this 12 months and there’s extra to return. I can’t emphasise sufficient how vital it’s to verify the Main Roads Travel Map earlier than you think about travelling round Western Australia in the mean time. Many roads are closed and plenty of gained’t be reopened within the foreseeable future. Freight is having to take a detour of over 4,500kms to get to the Northern Kimberley from Perth through South Australia and the Northern Territory. There may be additionally a danger that the highways in the Northern Territory will be closed at quick discover as a consequence of their Moist Season, so there’s quite a lot of uncertainty when travelling right now of 12 months, however much more so this 12 months.
On account of this we’re not venturing far by street to go bird-watching! We’ve got been out on the Nice Northern Freeway, which is open with warning, and the bird-life that we solely encounter in very moist years is right here already. This clearly means now we have much more rain to return over the approaching weeks and months. The sky can go from blue to black very quickly and there are sometimes billowing clouds (see above!) that seem out of nowhere at quick discover after which dump no finish of torrential rain.
Driving in between the white posts!
Black-winged Stilt between the white posts!
Whiskered Terns loafing on the freeway in between the white posts!
The Nice Northern Freeway runs by Roebuck Plains station and even the bulls are resting on the freeway. Lots of our native animals are on the lookout for a spot that’s increased than the water stage. Sand Goannas can swim and transfer across the flooded panorama and now is an efficient time to identify Frill-necked lizards both on the freeway or up timber. There are additionally tadpoles in every single place that there’s water-soon to develop into noisy frogs!
Strolling round our native patch we regularly hear the Pheasant Coucals calling on the high of the timber after which crashing across the vegetation. Pheasant Coucals clearly missed the teachings on flying effectively!
The White-bellied Sea-Eagles have bred close by and could be noticed hovering throughout the sky and the Australian White Ibis do prefer to look down on all of us on the moist floor from the streetlights. They clearly have been on the bottom, as a result of they aren’t precisely white right now of 12 months!
Juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle
Australian White Ibis
It’s all the time attention-grabbing to exit simply after a storm and see how the native birdlife is fairing. The Mistletoebirds are nonetheless round and the tree that they nested in is now coated in leaves after all the rain.
Feminine Mistletoebird drying off
The 2 households of Tawny Frogmouths are nonetheless round and one grownup from the pair at Cygnet Park have realised the tree in the midst of the roundabout provides one of the best safety in moist climate.
The household of Tawny Frogmouths closest to dwelling are all the time good to look at after a rain occasion! One of many youthful birds simply doesn’t seem in a position to hold a tree-like pose for lengthy and has to show and look as you go by!
So, for now we’re not going removed from dwelling, however there are worse locations to be caught, so by no means thoughts!