Queensland Trip - Day 3 - Carnarvon Gorge
20 April 2012
I spent the entire day at Carnarvon Gorge, which is quite a nice place.
The Carnarvon Creek runs the length of it and there are numerous fern-strewn side-canyons worth exploring.
As I am currently collecting
dragonfly sightings I was pleased to see two new species:
Southern WhitetipEpisynlestes albicauda
Short-tailed Duskdarter Zyxomma elgneri
Of the latter I only saw the one and it was hiding in hanging, dead palm fronds.
Upon photographing it I disturbed it and it flew up higher so I don't have very good shots of this one.
I also saw several large darners around that, when I saw my first one close-up, I thought was another new species.
However after checking out references it turns out these are merely the quite common and widespread
Unicorn Darner Austroaeschna unicornis
its just that this variety up north has bluer and larger markings than the ones I'm used to down south.
also had distinctly
brown and black whereas I'm used to just an even brown.
Once again in the evening I saw a lot of wildlife one the road,
including frogs, what I later realized were flying stick-insects and even
sat still long enough for me to photograph it.
Owls are amazingly silent flyers — they use their keen hearing for hunting and so
make virtually no noise as they fly — this one took of completely silently.
As I forded a stream I did some more spotlighting and, apart from seeing
this cute frog hunting in a Casuarina
there were many small fish trying to cross