The Rainforest Journal: Outing #15 – Day 3

(Tuesday 2-December-2014)

@7:17pm

Todays "How the weather looks" snap.

Todays “How the weather looks” snap.

Storms last night kept me up pretty late.

They started before sunset, then eased-off some before returning with furious anger. Every few seconds – until about two in the morning – lightning flashed close enough to appear to be right above the tent. Although – being inside the tent – I couldn’t actually see the bolts, just the super-bright flashes, they didn’t light-up one side of the tent or the other; they lid up the roof.

It looked as though half a dozen paparazzi were above the tent taking flash photos every five or so seconds. Of course the lightning was accompanied by regular thunder and pelting rain, and even when I decided to get some sleep the lightning flashes were like strobe lights through my eyelids.

I tried to take a few earlier night-shots of the lightning but of course, not being able to manually set the focus distance or shutter-speed the photos turned out as poorly as you’d expect.

Yah, really bad photo, but it's just a compact trying to focus on a black sky.

Yah, really bad photo, but it’s just a compact trying to focus on a black sky. Oh, it’s lightning btw.

Just before the first storm rolled in, I got an equally poor photo of two fire-flies hovering together. I’m pretty sure they’re both male, since females apparently stay still on the ground and have transparent wings that allow the hovering males to spot them. Males have opaque wings so their flashing isn’t visible from above, and they’re the ones that do all the work.

Two presumably male fireflies trying to out-flash one another in an effort to get laid.

Two presumably male fireflies trying to out-flash one another in an effort to get laid.

Been a hottish day today, and from about midday to three this afternoon I was hoping for rain or storms. Thankfully I finally bothered to grab a 3-pack of microfiber cloths to wipe my face, hands and neck down with; since it holds water so well I only have to wet it good once in the morning and it’s still moist by the afternoon. They’re also great for stunning flies without all the blood and gooey filth getting stuck to my hand.

The answer to staying cooler, while using water much more efficiently that simply typing it over ones head.

The answer to staying cooler, while using water much more efficiently than simply tipping it over ones head.

Junior paid a visit today at around 2pm, and although he looked like he would’ve liked some food I didn’t bring any meat this time and haven’t cooked pasta since I got down here. The nocturnals haven’t seemed to have been out the past few nights – probably owing to the torrents of rain and pretty big storms, so I haven’t worried about doing pasta.

Junior. Sure is a little blurry, we'll call it an "action shot".

Junior. Sure is a little blurry, we’ll call it an “action shot”.

Anyway almost as soon add he walked away I realized I’ve seven boiled eggs in my bag and they’re right up his culinary alley; seeing how climbing trees and raiding birds nests of their eggs is a big part of a Monitors diet. There’s two crushed eggs too, so if I see him again tomorrow I’ll chuck em out for him.

..looking for food..

..looking for food..

 

.. and as soon as he realizes there *isn't* any food..

.. and as soon as he realizes there isn’t any food.. “yeah fuck you too lizard!”

Currawong came as well, though there wasn’t anything different enough about them to bother photographing, and while stretching out the tarp to catch some water over the next few days I happened upon a small pile of chicken neck bones. This is where I’ve heard the Rats fighting at night of late, so they’ve apparently gone around and collected all the bits of neck and taken them back to their little makeshift “ratty tent”, where they’ve argued and snotted-it-out over who’s chewing what.

I didn’t bother to go backto the tent to get my camera for that, but if the bones ate still there tomorrow I’ll take a snap.

There’s no rain right now, and no storm, so I might get some decent Possum and Rat activity tonight. I’ve already had the coil burning an hour or so, so I can have the doors open without being ambushed by mosquitoes.

For now at least, I'd still rather breathe this shit in all night than have mosquitoes swirling in my ears.

For now at least, I’d still rather breathe this shit in all night than have mosquitoes squealing in my ears.

We’ll see who comes tonight.

The Rainforest Journal: Outing #15 – Day 3
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Jason
Animal-loving cleaner with a parrot.

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