An immature and an adult Lemon Bellied Flycatcher (Microega flavigaster) in the mangroves at Rapid Creek. The youngster with the spotted back still thinks it’s worth a try asking mum for food, trying on the dropped wing and open gape posture. I don’t think so kid. The three races of LBFs cover North Australia and are also found in Papua-New Guinea. They lay only one egg in a tiny nest of bark fibre and spiders web.

In a great spreading Albizia tree beside the bike path at Rapid Creek a pair of tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) have been joined by a new family member. The youngster is still a fluffy, mottled grey ball of down but is big enough to leave the nest, such as it is, and sit well camouflaged in the leaves above mum. Dad was still nearby, trying to catch some last shut-eye before sundown and work-time. The frogmouths hunt like kookaburras, sitting watchfully on a post or branch and then gliding silently down to take their prey with their BIG beaks. Their voice is usually a resonant, pulsing “oom, oom, oom, oom” — mostly — but they do have a variety of other calls.