|Paperbarks reflected in the water.|
|Egrets still roosting in the paperbark to the right of the previous picture.|
|Still cool enough in the pre-dawn for a mist.|
|The sun colouring the sky from below.|
|And finally appearing!|
|A lone darter against the sunrise.|
|A pair of White-bellied Sea-eagles Haliaeetus leucogaster stained golden by the sunrise.|
|Magpie Geese Anseranas semipalmata in early dawn light.|
|Magpie Geese flying over egrets (probably three species) who are already at their work stations.|
|Magpie Geese again - I am very fond of these abundant and somewhat strange primitive waterfowl, |
neither ducks nor geese but forming a family of their own.
|Royal Spoonbills Platalea regia.|
|Little Corellas Cacatua sanguinea - by now the sun was well and truly up.|
|Forest Kingfisher Todiramphus macleayii pair.|
Despite being by water on this occasion, Forest Kingfishers are woodland birds and rarely catch fish.
|Azure Kingfishers Ceyx azureus on the other hand catch fish as a key part of their lifestyle.|
|Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus immature.|
|Black Bittern Ixobrychus flavicollis, an uncommon sighting, being both shy and secretive, hiding in reed beds.|
|Plumed Whistling-Ducks, above and below.|
|Wandering Whistling-Ducks D. arcuata lack the plumes but are more richly coloured.|
They were present in much smaller numbers.
|It had been a good breeding season; the bird above is a juvenile, with the comb not yet|
fully developed - it will later be bright red and more extensive.
(I do like a nice bird reflection too, and this morning offered me quite a few!)
|This jacana chick is already showing an aptitude for lily-trotting;|
its remarkable toes seem to have reached full size before it has!
|Feral Cattle (and Cattle Egrets).|
|Feral Pig (still with Cattle Egrets, not Pig Egrets...)|
|Feral Horses (ditto re egrets).|
|Agile Wallabies Macropus agilis (and obligatory Cattle Egret) grooming on the flood plain.|
This is the commonest wallaby all across northern Australia.
|I think these damselflies are Blue Slims Aciagrion fragile, but I have no expertise in the field|
and there are several similar species. Any suggestions?
|One might have hoped this lot might have had more of an impact on the ferals!|
|Crocodile in Azolla sp., a floating fern.|
|Lotus Lilies Nelumbo nucifera, above and below.|
This species also grows across tropical Asia, where it is of great cultural significance.
Inter alia it is the national flower of India.
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