As we were walking to the creek that forms her study site, we found a cray out and about on land. Kat measured its body temperature, and after she released the cray it quickly retreated into a nearby rocky cave. (If you’d seen how Kat measured its body temperature you’d retreat pretty quickly too!)
It didn’t take long after reaching the creek before we caught some crayfish. We stuck a logger and a transmitter on them.
We were by a small rock pool that couldn’t have been more than a few square metres in total surface area, with a fairly shallow depth. We found four adult crays in it over the course of an hour or so. These animals seem to occur in quite high densities. Kat’s study should show if these guys are moving from pond to pond a lot, or if they’re just staying in the one spot.
Kat numbers her crays with a small label on the back of their head. She’s numbered about 30 crays so far, with plenty more to go.
As we were sitting by the rock pool, we watched an eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) scurry along a fallen log.
As we were heading back to the cabins that night we saw a similarly sized dragon resting in a tree.
It was raining when we walked back to the cabin that night. As we approached some water troughs we could hear some frogs calling. There were several red-eyed tree frogs (Litoria chloris) around the troughs.
There were some other frogs in the troughs themselves.
In addtion to the crays and the frogs, we saw a whole bunch of other things.
UPDATE: After much discussion (see comments below), the identification of the unknown frogs is complete.