Autumn gently breezes in

Autumn gently breezes in

A key indicator for those early to rise will be the morning frosts.

We should see the winds becoming lighter with gentle breezes from the south-east through to south-west, and with these lighter breezes the winged insects start to emerge. You can expect to see the flying ants out in force and also the exquisite lacewings (adult ant lions).

They have been feasting themselves on the many ants that have been out and will continue for a few more weeks until the first really good mid-season rains.

Across the Coastal Plain there are several significant flowering trees to keep an eye out for. An example is the red flowering gum (Corimbiaficifolia), which can be seen along Whitfords Avenue dripping with sweet nectar you can drink right from the flowers.

There are also several banksia species flowering around Lake Joondalup including the firewood (B. menziesii), parrot bush (B. sessilis) and swamp (B. littoralis), ensuring there are nectar food sources for the many small mammals and birds looking to build up their fat stores in readiness for the Makuru (wet/cold) season.

Unlike last year, the rains have held off a little longer and therefore the yams are still waiting for the first rains to rehydrate them. This combined with the masses of flowers from the white flowering gums indicates an early and wet start to the season continuing into Makuru.

Djeran sees the run of the salmon, herring and mullet around the southern coastal waters. Traditionally, skilled hunters would call in help from pods of dolphins that would herd schools of fish inshore as well as using a variety of fish traps.

With people still on the coastal plain, it was also time to make the most of the richest foods to ensure they had reserves of body fat in readiness for a cold winter.