|Such stories, if I only knew how to read them; the women who accompanied us|
for the first couple of days, traditional owners, could certainly have done so,
but they were no longer with us by this time.
|Even I can see where a small snake has passed across this one from top left to bottom right.|
|Black-faced Woodswallow Artamus cinereus.|
A member of the family of Australian magpies, currawongs and buthcerbirds, widely found across the arid inland.
|Brown Honeyeater feeding on Grevillea wickhamii.|
|Male Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor with grasshopper, destined for hungry mouths in a nest.|
|Grey-headed Honeyeater coming in for a drink at Murrawa Bore.|
|Zebra Finches gathering to ensure the coast is clear at Murrawa Bore...|
|... before dropping down to suck up a quick drink.|
Zebbies suck by using the rapidly moving tongue as a pump.
|Little Button-quail platelet.|
|This little chap pottered round camp early one morning, but wasn't keen to be approached.|
|Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides carefully checking us out.|
|Spotted Harrier Circus assimilis, one of the loveliest Australian birds of prey.|
|Bustard tracks, both in sand and ironstone pebbles, were regularly seen,|
but never the big birds.
|Camel tracks above, and droppings below.|
|Bilby burrow above, and tracks below.|
I found it both thrilling and moving to be within metres of a special animal that I don't
ever expect to see in the wild.
|Just in case you don't know what they look like.|
Photo courtesy Alice Springs Desert Park, per ABC.
|Central Military Dragon male (above)|
and female (below).
|Ant nests, above and below.|
|Two types of mound, representing different termite species.|
|I think this one is a Lemon Migrant Catopsilia pomona.|
|And this one I think is a Wandering Glider Pantala flavescens.As ever I would welcome being corrected!|
|A pair of Robber Flies (family Asilidae) seeking to increase their population.|
|A small wasp hunting across the surface of a Desert Paperbark; |
not doing well for identification today, am I?
|A big colourful potter wasp, family Vespidae (the yellow notch in each eye gives it away),|
sharing Murrawa Bore with the Zebra Finches, collecting water for its mud nest.
|Golden Orbweb Spider Nephila edulis and lunch.|
This magnificent big spider is found across much of Australia.
|One of the mystery rings, seemingly of excavated material.|
|A close-up of the central hole - the salt crystals give an idea of its size.|
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