With the days starting to warm up and wildflowers in full bloom in Noongar Boodja (the southwest of WA), it’s time celebrate the Noongar season of Djilba in the months of August and September. This season is represented by the colour pink and symbolises new growth of plants and wildflowers. This time of year sees a transition with a mix of cold, clear days, rainy days and the occasional sunny day showing promise of what is to come.
It’s a perfect time of year to go bushwalking and explore over 12,000 wildflower species which start blossoming in the nature reserves and national parks in and around Perth. Yellow flowering plants like acacias are the first to start blooming. It’s also time for our state emblem the yonga marra (Kangaroo paw) to flower. The Kings Park Festival is on during September with a range of free events, art displays and guided walks. The Araluen Tulip Festival is also on and runs through August to October with magnificent displays of tulips and other spring blooms against a bushland setting.
With the days getting warmer, we start to see and hear newborn wildlife. The kyooya (frog) can be heard in the wetlands. Animals start to head out searching for food for their young. It’s also the time of year when birds are nest bound feeding and protecting their young which may mean getting swooped by koolbardi (magpies), djidi djidi (willy wag tails) and chuck-a-luck (wattle birds) if you get too close to their nesting sites. Male magpies do most of the swooping and this behaviour can last 4 to 6 weeks until the young have fledged. Magpies live in groups and can occupy the same territory for many years. They are able to recognise human faces and are known to not swoop familiar people who they perceive as not being a threat. They are also known to form close relationships with the humans, who’s backyards they inhabit and will follow them around.
If you are planning to head out camping or bush walking, be prepared for 4 seasons in one day and pack accordingly. While the days may start to be warming up, the nights can still be very cold.
For more information on the Kings Park Festival visit – www.bgpa.wa.gov.au
For more information on the Araluen Tulip Festival visit – www.araluenbotanicpark.com.au