|A section of the gorges, with fringing monsoon forest and arid spinifex hummock|
grassland and woodland on the raised escarpment.
|Approximate location of Boodjamulla NP, in the hinterland of the Gulf of Carpentaria.|
The walk up and across the nearby Constance Range, south-east from the campground, is an excellent introduction.
|Constance Range walk, one best done early in the day.|
The trees are Ghost Gums, probably Corymbia (Eucalyptus) aparrerinja, though there
are also some very similar species with more limited distributions here.
|The bloodwood Corymbia (Eucalyptus) dichromophloia is another which thrives in this apparently |
harsh landscape of broken stones.
|The plains below, hinted at in the previous photo, stretch far into the distance from various lookouts along|
the loop walk. The access road cuts across the foreground.
|Turkey Bush Calytrix exstipulata (Family Myrtaceae) is a widespread shrub across drier tropical Australia, |
and always a delight (above and below).
|The equally attractive Grevillea dryandrii is likewise widely scattered across the north.|
|Mulla Mulla Ptilotus sp. (Family Amaranthaceae) and spinifex Triodia sp.,|
two important components of the herb understorey.
|Grasshopper, as usual unidentified (by me...).|
|Ring-tailed Dragon Ctenophorus caudicinctus, a lizard with a huge range across the arid|
north-west third of Australia.
Another series of walks heads west from the campground, and provides a series of access tracks north across the low escarpment to the gorges. Before doing so the route gives a taste of the plains and the cliffs, the other side of which is the gorge.
|Stand of Ghost Gums with termite mounds.|
|The gorge is just beyond these cliffs, above and below.|
|Indarri Falls, from above (with palms), |
and from down at waterlevel.
|Fish are abundant in the limpid waters.|
|Sevenspot Archerfish Toxotes chatareus.|
|Dense riverside vegetation.|
|Figs on rockface; the one on the right has managed to reach the water via its roots, with obvious benefits!|
The one on the left is still striving for nirvana...
|Freshwater Crocodile Crocodylus johnsoni; it is wonderful to be able to approach these somewhat timid fish-eaters|
so closely. It is unfortunate that when the excellent 19th century zoologist Gerard Krefft named this animal for
naturalist-policeman Robert Johnstone (who brought it to Krefft's attention) he misspelt the name. Oops...
|Walking track through tufa, a form of calcium carbonate (like limestone, but much less dense) |
deposited from mineral-rich water
|Flood debris, an impressive reminder of what goes on during the wet season in our absence!|
|Big Leichhardt Tree Nauclea orientalis (Family Rubiaceae).|
The species is usually found along watercourses, from northern Australia to south-east Asia.
|These graceful big paperbarks, Melaleuca fluviatilis, are found only in northern Queensland.|
|Open streamside forest (the water is visible behind) of Livistona rigida and Melaleuca fluviatilis|
|Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton, a beauty from northern Australia and New Guinea.|
|Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis, a common dove of northern and eastern Australia with|
Double-barred Finch Taeniopygia bichenovii and Crimson Finch.
|White-gaped Honeyeater Stomiopera (until recently Lichenostomus) unicolor.|
|Female Red-winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus, a truly beautiful bird;|
the male is considerably more striking still.
|The same bird a moment later; try to think of it as arty rather than blurry...|
|Great Bowerbird Chlamydera nuchalis.|
|Great Bowerbird at his bower, only metres from the campground.|
It's worth it though; there are not many lovelier places to pass some time.
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