He reached down and with the blade of his pen-knife flipped back a circular piece of moss, which was the door to the nest of the Trap-door spider. The 'nest' can extend back into the soil for about a metre. Colin, our guide, was a font of this bushcraft, as we wound our way through the rainforest out to the Python Rock platform overlooking Moran's Gorge within the MacPherson Ranges in south-eastern Queensland. This is a big, varied country.
Within the rainforest there is a continual chatter of birds high in the canopy - Green Cat Birds, Golden Whistlers, Paradise riflebirds - heard but not seen; and a rustling of birds on the fetid forest floor - Yellow Throated Scrubwrens, Logrunners, Rufous Fantails - camouflaged to perfection.
The track is dominated by the power of the Strangler Figs as they clamber over Satinwoods, Mararas and Bloodwoods to claim their share of light and warmth. Mammals are rare during the day because of the intense heat, but this fresh digging is evidence of the noctural presence of the long-nosed Bandicoot.
Both sides of the track are festooned with crowsfeet ferns and orchids, with a variety of fungi and the massive webs of the Hammock Spider. The Millipede helps to break down the vegetation lying on the forest floor. With a little tug on the gyres to the nest opening of the arboreal FunnelWeb Spider, Colin tried to encourage her out to say hello, but to no avail.
The forest teams with life, have we but the patience and eyes to be open to it.