|The bus waits patiently; the road was more deeply rutted and gouged|
than this picture suggests.
|Beautiful country in itself, but we were just passing though...|
|He could well have been feral, but even 'domestic' cattle here are pretty wild;|
we cautiously climbed the rocky hillside above him, and were relieved when he ambled off.
|The photos which follow were of birds drinking on a little sandy beach just out of picture in the|
right foreground, and the rocks just behind it.
Even without them, the coolth of the shade and the reflections would have been beguiling enough.
|Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys, a fantail.|
|Grey-fronted Honeyeaters, above and below.|
See here for a posting on this widespread genus of honeyeaters;
when I wrote it however I didn't have any photos of this species!
|Painted Finch Emblema pictum standing above the Grey-fronted Honeyeaters.|
|Another Painted Finch (or rather the one above again), and top left (blurred by its movement) a Zebra Finch, |
numerous throughout the Australian arid lands.
|One bedraggled little Double-bar, post-bath (plus Willie Wagtail, and the honeyeater of course).|
Actually this is such a bad pic that I'm going to insert a better one of them, from a Darwin back yard!
Back to Warrigal Waterhole, where two species of elegant little doves were also much in evidence.
|Diamond Doves Geopelia cuneata (red eye ring) and Peaceful Dove G. placida (blue eye ring, at the top) are, |
like the finches, seed-eaters which must drink daily. Diamond Doves are Australia's smallest pigeon.
|Budgerigars Melopsittacus undulatus are real children of El Niño, breeding into vast flocks in the good times,|
dying in the millions in droughts, with just a few surviving to build the new populations.