One day I am going to get a picture of a Rainbow Pitta (Pitta iris) that does justice to this little jewel of the monsoon forests and vine scrubs of the Top End of the Northern Territory and the Kimberleys in Western Australia. It’s very, very difficult. At East Point we have prime habitat of vine forest and just about anytime you visit you will hear them calling to one another. Walk quietly along the walking track and suddenly one will be there, amongst the leaf litter or perched on a low branch. Three problems: the first is that they don’t stay in one place for very long, secondly, you’re trying to get a shot through a tangle of vine and scrub and thirdly the light even on a sunny day is very dim deep in the scrub. I live in hope.

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila insignis) takes its common name from the bright yellow colour of the silk from which the female builds its large webs. The latin name Nephila is in fact not latin but derived from ancient Greek and means “fond of spinning”. She particularly favours monsoon vine thickets. She is up to 45mm in body length but is generally very docile and rarely bites. A number of males may share her web. Nephila is a genus with numerous species found in warmer places all around the world. Wiki notes that in Japanese folklore, Jorogumo is thought to be a Nephila (Joro spider) which can shapeshift its appearance into that of a seductive woman.