This jabiru or jiplyontong (in Tiwi), is one of a cluster which is on patrol near Darwin’s waterfront precinct. They’re part of the urban artscape but they’re also great for small children to ride or climb on. They were designed by Janice Murray from Milikapiti on Melville Island north of Darwin.
These cheeky little red finches were raiding the grasses for their dinner when I spotted them. We have them in our garden occasionally (despite the cat) and call them the “peep peep” birds for the noise they make. The males are magnificent in their scarlet coats, but they’re very speedy and hard to catch. Once I stood still and became part of the scenery, they were focused on their snacks.
Late yesterday afternoon the storm clouds built up over the city but it all came to naught. A fairly typical scene at this time of year.
The old nursery rhyme says “rain rain go away” but in reality at this time of year we long for rain and lots of it. At the moment we’ve had a return to the Build Up (known as Wakaringding by the Indigenous people). This has definitely not delighted Tropical Territorians as the humidity soars and there’s little relief. This time is also known as Mango Madness for the symptoms people manifest as they get more and more frazzled and intolerant from the heat. Usually it’s over by December but this year after early heavy rains we’ve regressed and it’s expected we’ll not return to the monsoons until mid-January. Lovely! NOT!
Yesterday we had a sudden downpour with lots of gusting wind and rain which then passed and left us with clammy oppressive humidity.