January 25, 2010

Gudjeuk – the monsoon season

JimJimFallsWe have been reading Walking with the Seasons in Kakadu by Diane Lucas and observing the seasons through the past year  (you can see the calendar and short descriptions of the seasons here).  The current season is Gudjeuk, the monsoon season which will last until late March.
“Barra, the north-west monsoon winds.
bring rain, rain, rain.
The land gets filled up with water.”
Everything is very green and growing like mad. 
We can hear the frogs singing at night and are starting to see lots of tadpoles and baby frogs.  The pools of water everywhere also mean lots of mosquitoes.
We have noticed many different types of birds visiting our garden, including blue-winged kookaburras, azure kingfishers, sulphur-crested cockatoos and a tawny frogmouth flying around outside our bedroom…
tawny frogmouth
The fishing is great as flooding allows the barramundi to migrate through the rivers.
barra fishing
And something we learnt from the book …
Ginga, the saltwater crocodile, watches as her eggs hatch and the babies move to the water to feed.
How’s the weather where you live?


Mel said...

We are a world away here in Montana, USA. It is cold, snowy and lovely. We've been cross-country skiing and sitting in hot springs, but come summer, we'll be fishing, too. And dealing with mosquitoes!

DEBI said...

The rain here in Los Angeles is finally beginning to abate, but we haven't been lucky enough to discover all the creatures you've seen! How fun! :)

SquiggleMum said...

You should do more posts about the uniqueness of your area. I loved it!!