June is early in the rainy season in Barbados, but that doesn’t mean that rainfall levels are low. On the contrary, but what is different this year is that it’s still very very windy and therefore cool – yaay.
The last couple of days have been a bit wet, and even during the rain, the air is alive with an abundance of flying insects – termites, rain ants, rain flies, moths and a host of other unidentifiable bugs.
As soon as the rain eases off, out come the rain birds (also called king birds) to feast on the assortment of bugs just waiting to be caught. These birds dart around, catching their supper (or breakfast) on the fly and without stopping to swallow. And if they do perch on a fence post or branch, they seem to twitter excitedly with the smorgasbord of insects available.
The lizards come out to drink, the whistling frogs set up a chorus of song, the butterflies flutter to nearby flowers, and the blackbirds make an appearance checking for freshly revealed morsels. Everything comes to life. And to complete the picture, the sun peeps out to reveal a rainbow of colours on each droplet of water.