Skyrail Nature Diary

Wet Season in the Dry Season?

Mistletoes flowered surprisingly last month. The orange and red tubular flowers were however, more sparse than they usually tend to be. The fruits are small berries that contain seeds with a sticky thread on one end. When birds eat the fruits, these sticky threads make them... read more

Life before Humans.....

This month we will be looking at some interesting animals believed to have been extinct before humans arrived in Australia. Many of the animals which are known to have existed in our prehistoric tropical rainforests, were discovered as fossils in the famous Riversleigh fossil... read more


This month we will be looking at bats, a group of animals often reviled and surprisingly little known to most people despite comprising 20% of all known mammals (1,240 species). Only rodents have more species. In the old days bats were called flittermice. Other Germanic... read more

Trees at Skyrail

March started out quite dry and hot and sticky and thanks to Cyclone Nathan north of Cairns, we received a fair bit a rain for a few days. Now in April, it may very well rain given the fact that the wet season has had noticeably late starts over the last few years. Red Tulip... read more


This month we will be looking at beetles, the single largest group of insects in the world! There is an estimated half a million or more species of these insects, Charles Darwin is quoted as having said that God must be inordinately fond of beetles. Clearly beetles are very... read more

Butterflies and Moths

This month we will be looking at butterflies and moths. These beautiful insects are amongst the most easily spotted and best appreciated of all insects. A common question is what is the difference between butterflies and moths? Well, the main difference is that butterflies are... read more

Insect Life Cycles

This month we will be looking at the life cycles of insects. Insects are a special kind of arthropod (animals with jointed legs) and are interestingly most closely related to crustaceans (e.g. crabs, prawns and crayfish). Insects are characterised by having an exoskeleton (on... read more