|Pale-headed Rosellas Platycercus adscitus, having an early morning drink from the pool at Robin Hood Station.|
|The approximate location of Cobbold Gorge is indicated by the end of the red arrow.|
|Home Dam, Cobbold Gorge Station, in late afternoon light. |
Even in drought it was pretty full.
|The canopy stays green even in harsh times - this country lives with drought|
as part of its life.
|The ground cover however dies back, leaving seeds and underground structures to flourish|
when the rains do come.
|Termite mounds are a key part of the landscape; unimaginable millions of termites recycle the nutrients|
in grass and ground litter, reducing the fire fuel load and providing food for the greatest dryland lizard
diversity in the world
|Darwin Stringybark Eucalyptus tetrodonta is widespread across northern Australia.|
|Soapbush Wattle Acacia holosericea. This is a large wattle with big leathery phyllodes ('leaves')|
which contain saponins used to create a soapy lather, which can also be used to stun fish by depleting oxygen levels in water.
|Cooktown Ironwood Erythrophleum chlorostachys family Fabaceae.|
Found across northern Australia, the timber is valued for its hardness and density;
the foliage is highly toxic to stock and indeed all parts of the tree are potentially fatal to mammals.
|Hibiscus sp.; sorry I can't do better than this.|
|Batwing Coral Tree Erythrina vespertilio, family Fabaceae.|
The first common name and the species name come from the shape of the leaves; 'coral' from the red flowers.
|A few of the vast numbers of White-browed Woodswallows Artamus superciliosus and Masked Woodswallows A. personatus coming in to drink in the late afternoon.|
|And at the water's edge (along with a few green Buderigars).|
|Red-winged Parrot pair Aprosmictus erythropterus (male on the right).|
|Squatter Pigeon Geophaps scripta foraging quietly on a station track.|
|Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus flying over the dam.|
|Moth in our room.|
|Longicorn Beetle family Cerambycidae.|
|And this one actually was absent... It is an ex-caterpillar, consumed by a fungus.|
|Cobbold Creek, lined with River Red Gums Eucalyptus camaldulensis just below the gorge.|
|Part of the gorge from above.|
|Reflections of water ripples on the wall of the gorge.|
|Golden Orbweb Spider web inside the gorge.|