Djeran Season

Image by Craig Clitheroe, pink sunset over the Banksia Woodland south east of Perth.

The Djeran Season is one of the six seasons that Noongar people (The indigenous peoples of the Perth region), call the season that follows the last of summer, the Bunuru; the hottest season of the year.

The Djeran season is between April and May and is also known as the Ant Season, because of the increase in ant activity. Light breezes from the south-east are still and peaceful as conditions cool and days become shorter. Ants hurriedly gather as the air cools and flying ants emerge in the warmer afternoons as the first rains start to fall.

Traditionally, this was a time of year that the Noongar people would fish and collect seeds and prepared their Mia Mias (Huts or shelters) for the cooler-wetter weather that was to come in the Makuru Season. Much time was spent testing, repairing and waterproofing shelters as the rains became more frequent, to ensure it was ready for the wet season.

The Djeran is also a time where a select few native flowers appear such as Summer Flame (Beaufortia aestiva), Red Flowering Gum (Corimbia ficifolia) and the Banksia flowers; full of nectar for the many small mammals and birds that await them all year.

During Djeran, beautiful golden and pink sunsets fill the skies and is one of the most peaceful seasons in the Noongar Calendar.

Noongar Seasons Calendar


Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
June
July

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec
Birak
Bunuru
Djeran
Makuru
Djilba
Kambarang
Birak
Hot and Dry
Warm Easterly Winds
Cool & pleasant
Cold and Wet
Cold with lessening rains
Warming, rains finishing
Hot and Dry
Noongar burned sections of scrubland to force animals into the open.
Hottest part of the year, with sparse rainfall throughout. Noongar moved to estuaries for fishing.
Cooler weather begins. Fishing continued and bulbs and seeds were collected for food.
Cold fronts continue. This is usually the wettest part of the year. The rains replenish inland water resources.
Usually the coldest part of the year, with clear, cold days and nights, and warmer, rainy and windy periods. Roots were collected, emus, possums and kangaroo were hunted.

Longer dry periods and fewer cold fronts cross the coast. The height of the wildflower season. Noongar moved towards the coast where frogs, tortoises and freshwater crayfish were caught.
wikipedia: Noongar

Hot and dry. Noongar burned sections of scrubland to force animals into the open.
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Image by https://www.rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/rainbowcoast/seasons.htm