Once you cross the Daintree River going north the road becomes very small, with frequent humps designed to slow you down. About 500 people live in this area, some selling home grown bananas by the road, others running small tourist based businesses, and there is even the Daintree Tea Company. The Daintree Rainforest is rich in wildlife, containing 30% of frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia, and 65% of butterfly and bat species. There are also 12,000 insect species, and 18% of Australia's bird species.
These are Metallic Starlings, recently returned from islands north of Australia, to nest in the rainforest.
We were up at canopy level, having climbed an observation tower! These woven nests are rather striking, and the noisy starlings made sure we noticed them dashing in and out.
As we walked slowly through a low forest track designed for sighting Cassowaries we came across this bird, going in and out of its nest. Apparently Bower's Shrike Thrush is very rarely seen, so we were lucky!
The Daintree Fairy Fruit Stall reminds us of the delicate nature of the forest and its inhabitants. Thanks for now conservation seems to be successful, but we must all remain vigilant to protect the remaining natural treasures of our Earth.
Take care of the fairies wherever you are!