The waters are rising at Rakhi retreat and perhaps within days the fish will flood into the lagoon for their first feasting in a few years.
All sorts of dragonflies have been patrolling and laying eggs since the rains began and without fish their larvae have enjoyed top underwater predator status. At the end of the wet their numbers will explode as eggs are laid to lay low over the dry and be ready for the first opportunity next wet. I just heard on ABC that a new app has been developed for identification. Apparently we have over 100 species up in the top end.
ABC article on Dragonfly App
The app can be found here
Here in the monsoonal Top End most of our rainforest exists in small pockets on waterways such as the one we call Millwood Gully a few km from Rakhi. There are numerous irrigated properties supporting small rainforest communities throughout the rural area and I wonder how significant these will be for bird species facing the challenges of changing climate in the tropics as described in this paper form Central America?
Science Daily article on tropical birds facing changing rainfall patterns
Science Daily article on role of cities in species preservation