|Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, at the end of the red arrow.|
We live a bit over 3000km away (and some 2600km to the south) at the end of the green arrow.
|Dry eucalypt woodland, the dominant vegetation type of the Top End.|
Above, featuring 'Screw Palm' Pandanus spiralis,and below the cycad Cycas armstrongii; both are common understorey components.
|Goose Lagoon (above) and associated paperbark swamp (below).|
|Tropical rain in the Park.|
The attractive but bedraggled centipede (below) shared our shelter; I'm afraid poor light and
its haste to escape make for an inadequate photo.
|Australian Pelicans Pelecanus conspicillatus.|
|Radjah Shelducks Tadorna radjah are well within the mainstream of duckdom -|
and in my opinion are one of the most beautiful ducks in the world.
|Forest Kingfishers Todiramphus macleayii are another spectacularly beautiful component|
of tropical Australian birdlife; they are members of the tree kingfisher family.
|The Varied Triller Lalage leucomela is another common Top End bird, but also found throughout|
the near-coastal tropics and down the east coast almost to Sydney. Its melodious call is
part of the musical sound track of the park.
|Agile Wallaby Macropus agilis, the commonest wallaby of northern Australia.|
You can't afford to live up here if you can't cope with wet feet and a bit of rain!
|This Javelin Frog's (Litoria microbelos) luck changed for the better when we arrived at the Goose Lagoon|
bird hide. It was being seriously molested by a trio of Green Tree Ants and launched itself at me when I appeared.
The ants were dislodged and I placed it on a post outside (below) from where it could jump into the water.
It was still being stalked however...
|Slender Rainbow Skink Carlia gracilis. This is a breeding male; only they develop the spectacular|
blue-green head and bright chestnut sides.
|Mertens' Water Goanna Varanus mertensi; this water-loving monitor is nowhere near as common as it|
used to be before the arrival of the toxic introduced Cane Toad Bufo marinus.
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