Female Fairywren 20th April 2018

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
  • 2018:04:20 16:19:59
  • 0.005 s (1/200) (1/200)
  • f/5.6
  • 3200
  • 2018:04:08 16:26:25
  • 4.18m
  • No
  • 400.00 (400/1)

This tea bag sized female fairywren is a daily visitor to the Manna Gum camp in the Main Range National Park. The males are more colourful and in Western Australia, they look like this. There were many other birds I have never seen before which need identification before I post them. I also briefly saw Disappearing Mouse. It got its name because it was believed to be extinct for 60 years before reappearing in this park. I would post it but it disappeared before I photographed it.

Most of the photos opportunities appeared after making a cup of tea and looking out the van window. The noise from bushwalking keeps birdlife at a distance but I did all the bushwalks anyway as this is the most Northerly patch of Gondwana Rainforest so it was the last chance to imagine dinosaurs appearing while walking through the world’s oldest woodlands. As I go North the forests will change and the toothy creatures become less imaginary as I venture closer to croc country

The National parks in Australia are outstanding. The campsites are set in areas of overwhelming natural abundance. Here in Queensland, they are often the most inaccessible crest or an ancient volcano. The best sites always have a few miles of dirt track before you arrive at an oasis by a river.

I am resupplying in Clifton and Toowoomba for a few days before two weeks in the Crows Nest National Park.