|East Point Reserve, indicated by the red arrow, protruding into the Timor Sea. |
As is evident it is well within suburbia, and not far to the north of the city of Darwin.
|Low monsoon forest on the way to the mangroves; I'll leave an introduction to the habitat until a little|
later, when we get to the more substantial area of it.
|Part of the aluminium walkway at low tide; this wide section at the end of the walkway, with benches,|
is an excellent place to sit and watch what comes by.
We did just that for quite some time from early morning one day last summer.
|The extraordinary Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata is common across tropical Australia|
and adjacent New Guinea. It is the sole member of an entire family of waterfowl
(ie 'ducks and geese', though it is neither).
|Northern Fantail Rhipidura rufiventris. Two fantails are among the commonest birds further south,|
but this tropical species, while certainly not rare, is less obvious than them.
|Lemon-bellied Flycatcher Microeca flavigaster. A lovely little bird, one of the Australian robins; for that |
reason, probably understandably enough, there is a move to resurrect the old name of 'flyrobin', but I'm not
quite ready for that yet.
|Common Sandpiper with seafood breakfast.|
|Crabs are of course super-abundant in mangroves, living in burrows and supporting numerous predators,|
including this gorgeous blue chap, which I unfortunately can't find a name for. Any help?
|Scrubfowl mound, Darwin; for a relatively small megapode they build an enormous mound.|
|Rainbow Pitta, East Point. Truly a beautiful bird.|
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