Winter is definitely on the way now that I’m hearing my favourite night time song, the evening chorus of frogs at Lake Gwelup. I love the call of Pobblebonks (Limnodynastes dorsalis) also known as Banjo frogs. Their call sounds like a plucked banjo string, other males reply and it seems to echo back and forth across the lake. Motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei) and squelching froglets (Crinia insignifera) add to the cacophony.
The frogs are loving all the rain we’ve had in May. The lake is filling up, when it was only just starting to dry out. This is good because Lake Gwelup wasn’t always seasonally dry in summer. Last year Perth’s rainfall was near the annual average but we had the wettest August and September for 58 years, which led to such high water levels at Lake Gwelup over spring and summer. With an extremely dry summer, I’m not sure how the water level persisted, but it did for everyone to enjoy.
in April wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata) at the water’s edge, with a spreading island in the lake
a week ago the water hadn’t reached the boardwalk
today the water’s lapping at the boardwalk and the clouds look spectacular
the view across the lake in April as the water receded
this drainage ditch dried out in March (much later than usual) and is full again after May’s high rainfall