They say the presence of dragonflies in the Kimberley marks the changing of the seasons and there's a real sense the Wet season is quickly drawing to a close here on the Plateau. Butterflies and grasshoppers are everywhere. And yet every time I convince myself that maybe I've seen all there is to see in the area I'm pleasantly surprised. Yesterday I watched a pair of tiny Mistletoebirds sing back and forth with their unusual courtship call and I stumbled across a small Grey Whipsnake on my afternoon run. The local dingos made another appearance as well about 30km east of the lodge, including one with a white face I haven't seen before.
In terms of rainfall March turned out to be a major disappointment. Except for the tail-end of ex tropical cyclone Esther, which delivered 86mm in the first 3 days of the month, we had a total of 22mm in the remaining 28 days of March. Overall that's about 200mm short of what we needed to hit the monthly average. As things stand we are about 250mm short of where we need to be in an average Wet season on the Mitchell Plateau. Considering the 2018-2019 Wet season was so far below average we really needed LOTS more. April is typically a dry month in the Kimberley but with the Wet season starting late this year there's a possibility we could get lucky and get something in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.