Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Yesterday I caught plenty of fish.
A lure became an instant favourite but needed refurbishing with a new ring and treble hook. Both had been unceremoniously removed during a piscatorial attack.
This morning it was attacked and then last seen in the jaws of a flying Mackerel of decent size. That was an amazing lure, just minutes before it caught a small Giant Trevally
and then flew around my kayak courtesy of a Tern who mistook it for a fallen fish.
What a morning, a bit rough but no red tide which was hanging around the beach at low tide yesterday.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Everywhere the Gardenia megasperma are in bloom.
Their perfume is intoxicating and the white flowers
can easily be seen. I am amazed at just how many Gardenia plants
there are considering it seems I never knew they were there at all.
are active in the Monsoon Vine Forest.
Anywhere there was shade they were present in numbers.
The tides are neap tides but spring tides are
just around the corner and
I guess the females need to give their young a
feed or two before the eggs are laid.
The flowers are very delicate and fall off easily.
You can eat the fruit,
but so far I have not been impressed with bush fruit.
there are several very stately species of Eucalyptus.
One very tall and majestic example is the
Earlier in the year the Maranthes corymbose flowered
and now the fruit is ripe.
The Torres Strait Pigeon Ducula bicolour
has been feeding on the seeds.
The seeds looked succulent,
but were in fact, very woody and dry.
egg has hatched and as predicted
the parents got very aerobatic
trying to persuade me to stay away
from their hatchling.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Early morning on Lee Point.
I had just settled into the kayak when my handline started unravelling on the kayak deck.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
We got our first night rain this week and as a result the green tree frogs were out attrating their mates and depositing eggs ANYWHERE THEY COULD.
March Flies are now on the go. I was attacked riding my mountain bike! What an attitude.
I have spent the last two weekends kayaking at Lee Point.
During the spring tides last week I saw three dolphins in the sandy bottom area feeding. According to Carol Palmer [http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/world/darwin-dolphins.html] these dolphins could be locals.
This weekend during the neap tides I saw them again and for sure it was an Australian snubfin because I saw its head. Before today I only saw its small dorsal fin. Two weeks ago I saw them near the shore in Shoal Bay moving towards Lee Point as the tide was starting to go out. They seem to prefer the sandy bottoms and I think they are after the mullet.
I also saw a couple of green sea turtles surface near my kayak. They looked very strange as they steretched out their necks. They looked a bit like little ETs.