Heading to Terry Smiths Lookout for the night, its 80 km north of Cloncurry on the Burke and Wills development road. Stopped for lunch at the Burke&Wills Roadhouse, big place, must of been 20 vans of sorts parked in there. We got fuel @ 1.49 a litre. Got to the Lookout and there’s heaps of vans but within the two hours the place has filled up to 19 vans. Several have a drive in and drive off. There are toilets and dump point but not always water in the tank. Light tea with a early start tomorrow. Bed and it’s only 8 pm. Few photos of the day.
Whistling Kite, Mum was bringing food back for the young one, which was as big as the parent. It has a fish in its talon.
Young one and parent. Whistling Kite.
Road kill, Wedge tailed Eagle and a Whistling Kite.
When we arrived at Terry Smiths Lookout, budgies flying free, so nice to see. Terrible lighting, but still had to take it.
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. 🙂
Sun going down, cooling nicely.
What a beautiful sunset, nice end to a wonderful time here at the Gregory River. Top spot. 🙂
Don cooling off, the river is very fast flowing.
Small bridge that the trucks come in and fill up with water for the road works.
Crimson Finch, Male.
Young Whistling Kite.
This poor kangaroo has a broken jaw, so awful to see it still trying to eat and cant help it.
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.
Bluefaced Honeyeater popped in every morning and sat on the line. Paleface Rosella drinking from dripping tap. Kangaroos each evening came across from the paddocks to eat the grass next dooe and where we stayed. This pair came each day and very daintily picked off the petals from Lynn’s flowers. Baby Babbler squawking for food. Paleface Rosella having a swim. Apostle bird.
Got up early, we are having early breakfast and packing up, heading to Moura Apex River Park, Peter Kerr Memorial, this is on the Dawson River, Lovely spot for a stop over, it is on the main road and gets very full, hot showers $1 coin as of April 2014, toilets and shade. It came over very wet and windy but manged to still enjoy the night, got some photos of people having boating fun and whistling kites.
We are having a very hot day again, it was a very warm night. After breakfast we drove out to the tit bit of the lake, I refer to it as the Island, much larger than I thought, found Whistling Kites and there nest, they are getting fish from the lake. We counted 6 Kites. Checked out where coverage was for the Sat phone. Our friends are due today so that’s going to be nice. Cooked in the camp oven tonight, was yummy. Clouds are coming in so I feel we are in for rain, oh no as these roads are not derivable when wet, hope it’s not going to be much or we will be here longer, Oh, what a shame. Here are a few photos from the day.
This is the set up we are using, nicely tucked out of the way.
This is before the sun came up over the hill behind us. A Darter drying it’s wings Just a relaxing view. Lots of wee birds, this one is looking up sideways, so cant see his eye. A Whistling Kite with a fish in it’s talons Yummy feed. Not a good view, but took it to show how small the nest is for such a large bird. This is very high in the tree. Another one eating it’s prey. I had been watching the Kite on the left for some time, it was calling and calling, then over came the second one. A Boab of some sorts. Yes I think the rains are coming, can hear the odd rumbling somewhere in the distance.