|Here the jump-ups rise above gibber plains, with a dry stream-line snaking through.|
|Jump-ups, Sturt NP.|
|Gibber plains, Sturt NP. The tough chenopods covering the surface here are the |
result of a relatively wet season.
Below (from an old slide!) is a gibber plain in north-eastern South Australia in a dry season, bare to the horizon.
|Fort Grey campsite, Sturt National Park; early morning among the Coolabahs.|
|Bluebonnet (Northiella haematogaster) in Belah (Casuarina pauper).|
This parrot is found throughout inland south-eastern Australia.
|Cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), the smallest Australian cockatoo, sadly better|
known as a cage bird.
|Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) using the updraft from the edge of a jump-up.|
|Male Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis) in prickly copperburr, Sclerolaena sp.|
|Gibber Chat (Ashbyia lovensis); the Australian chats are a specialised group of ground-dwelling honeyeaters.|
This one is often regarded as 'difficult' by bird-watchers, but it's more just that it lives in remote areas.
|Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax).|
Below; where there are no tall trees, an eagle must build its nest where it can.
While we were there last year there was little flowering - it had mostly finished as the land started to dry out after the rains, but there were a few exceptions.
|Velvet-leaf Hibiscus (H. krichauffianus).|
On the other hand it's hard to beat the sun coming up through the Coolabahs, while flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels come in to feed on the grass seeds behind the tent.