Day 29

Sunday 12th June, 

Another cool morning,  love it. Sat by the river and just enjoyed it as we leave tomorrow. Chattered to a couple of people that came in yesterday, Got chatting and Another couple who parked opposite us all were really nice. They all came from Woolongong, NSW. Lovely group.  Quiet day really. I cleaned up my camera gear and put them into the car, had tea and bed by 9 pm. In reference to my words Shoot or Shot, this is with a camera. 🙂

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Sun going down, cooling nicely.

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What a beautiful sunset, nice end to a wonderful time here at the Gregory River. Top spot. 🙂

 

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Don cooling off, the river is very fast flowing.

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Small bridge that the trucks come in and fill up with water for the road works.

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Crimson Finch, Male.

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Young Whistling Kite.

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Grey Fantail.

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This poor kangaroo has a broken jaw, so awful to see it still trying to eat and cant help it.

Days 4-7

Tuesday 24th – Sunday 27th,  Happy Birthday Leroy for 25th 🙂

We are staying with Don’s sister in Barcaldine and not doing a lot, but the bird life is incredible even though it is very dry and hot really feel for the farmers out here, most water holes are dry as are the rivers. Poor things they drink from taps that we have dripping, bowls of water for cooling off, they keep us entertained. We also had a awful person deliberately hit and killed 3 kangaroo’s and their joey’s, right outside the place we are staying, the hawks and whistling kites were hanging around which is normal, council did come and clean them up on the Monday, this happened on the Friday night.

Whistling Kite and road kill-6926 Bluefaced Honeyeater-6841  Bluefaced Honeyeater popped in every morning and sat on the line.Palefaced Rosella Drinking  Paleface Rosella drinking from dripping tap. Kangaroo's-6795  Kangaroos each evening came across from the paddocks to eat the grass next dooe and where we stayed.Pair of Palefaced Rosella's-6761  This pair came each day and very daintily picked off the petals from Lynn’s flowers.Baby Babbler-6734  Baby Babbler squawking for food.Palefaced Rosella-6683  Paleface Rosella  having a swim.Apostle-6665 Apostle bird.

Day 92

Monday 1st June

We had a day out at the Natureworld in Bicheno, they are doing a wonderful job of saving the Tasmanian Devil, as they run a breeding program and release them to where they will be safe from the Cancer Facial Tumors. By going to the park you are actually helping them with your fee’s to keep this program going. Here are some of the animals that I got photos of.

1_IMG_0971  Sign on road side, cant miss it.IMG_0710  White Peacock, I assume it’s Albino, but not sure.IMG_0726  PeacockIMG_0731  Emu’s playing around.IMG_0752 IMG_0754  GooseIMG_0760  Ducks, not good lighting but I took it as they are so colourfulIMG_0774  Deer running, got spooked.IMG_0783  Big Yarn, they do this when they are stressed, Tasmanian DevilIMG_0799  Native Hen, this one was really going off.IMG_0803  Kangaroo looking for tidbits.IMG_0828  Tasmanian Devil, she was chasing the male away.IMG_0843  Kangaroo and big bub.IMG_0852  Wedgetail eagle.IMG_0937  Tasmanian DevilIMG_0962  WombatIMG_0969 Finally got to look down the throat of a Tasmanian Devil.

Day 62

Sunday 12th

Had a good night sleep, it was quiet chilly after the storm. Did a walk around the wetlands, just beautiful, these wetlands have been here 100 years that they know of and Jo, the owner is keeping it all in natural state, even the artisan pool and waters are not tampered with, only tested. The sites are huge and they have washing machine bowls or 1/3 of a 44 gallon drum for fire pits, keeps it all fire safe.

IMG_6396  Kite teasing me.IMG_6375  Camp Kitchen, has everything you need.IMG_6344  Roo while walking around the wetlands.IMG_6337  Large sites for all, these are placed around the perimater of the wetlands.IMG_6362  overflow of the bore, artisan waters, these run into the wetlands and into the pool.IMG_6361  The pool, so nice.IMG_6360 Ablution block, really beautiful and old fashioned and clean. Shower and toilets.

Day 11

17th April Thursday thru to 20th Sunday

Went over early and had a hot shower before everyone else got up. Got brekky and sat under the tree. Storm had gone, mozzies were back, and these are big ones, holly hell they can bite. Bite you thru your clothes; I have big welts on me. We headed to Moura, stopped along the way and saw the mine. We fueled up, emptied toilet, and topped up with some food items at Food Works. Going to Chain Lagoons, on our way we called into Theodore, what a lovely town only small on the Dawson River and a free camping spot. We are now on the Leichhardt H’wy heading south, had a lunch stop here and then got to Chain Lagoons and they had a fence across the road to get to the big lagoon, so we took a bush road thinking we could get thru, ha we got in a tricky spot, but with a bit of work we got back out onto the H’wy. So off we go to plan B and onto Lake Murphy, well what a neat surprise, so green, lovely camp spots so much better, no water in the lake but that’s not a problem, we loved it here and stayed 3 nights, did lots of walks, night shooting, sitting around the camp fire, was lovely, we had Apostle birds hanging around camp, they are so funny, chattering all the time. Our friends are here as well. We spent the next few days just exploring and enjoying the time to relax.

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IMG_9931IMG_9938  Apostle bird, they are so social and funny with their antic’sIMG_9974  Babbler with insect in mouthIMG_9987  A Red Necked kangarooIMG_9991  Apostle BirdIMG_9994 Apostles birds

DSCF1555  Our camp spot at Lake Murphy.DSCF1556  Mowed pathways to Toilet blockDSCF1558  Nice big camp spotsDSCF1563 Our friends and us on our walk over to see the creek, which had water in it.

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Empty Lake Murphy, hard to imagine that this is the lake floor.