Queensland Trip - Day 3 - Carnarvon Gorge

20 April 2012
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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 and 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. The female 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 this owl 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 again, there were many small fish trying to cross upstream.

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image/jpegbird Corvus coronoides Carnarvon120420-2703.jpg i20-Apr-2012 12:10  93.2 KB 960×640
image/jpegbutterfly Melanitis leda Carnarvon120420-2800.jpg i20-Apr-2012 17:54  80.8 KB 960×768
image/jpegCarnarvon Gorge 120420-2041.jpg i20-Apr-2012 10:16 128 KB 928×640
image/jpegdamselfly Austroargiolestes icteromelas ♂ Carnarvon120420-2652.jpg i20-Apr-2012 09:29  75 KB 1280×720
image/jpegdamselfly Episynlestes albicauda ♀ Carnarvon120420-2634.jpg i20-Apr-2012 08:40  35.3 KB 800×576
image/jpegdamselfly Episynlestes albicauda ♂ Carnarvon120420-2782.jpg i20-Apr-2012 15:47 155 KB 1536×960
image/jpegdamselfly Episynlestes albicauda ♂ Carnarvon120420-2792.jpg i20-Apr-2012 15:50  71.8 KB 960×720
image/jpegdragonfly Austroaeschna pinheyi ♀ Carnarvon120420-2771.jpg i20-Apr-2012 15:36 102 KB 912×640
image/jpegdragonfly Austroaeschna pinheyi ♂ Carnarvon120420-2679.jpg i20-Apr-2012 10:32  82.9 KB 960×768
image/jpegdragonfly Austroaeschna pinheyi ♂ Carnarvon120420-2692.jpg i20-Apr-2012 10:36  57.9 KB 720×1120
image/jpegdragonfly Austrogomphus amphiclitus ♂ Carnarvon120420-2757.jpg i20-Apr-2012 14:51 146 KB 960×688
image/jpegdragonfly Diplacodes haematodes ♂ Carnarvon120420-2659.jpg i20-Apr-2012 09:47  88 KB 1024×768
image/jpegdragonfly Zyxomma elgneri ♂ Carnarvon120420-2733.jpg i20-Apr-2012 14:21  66.7 KB 880×640
image/jpegfish crossing ford Carnarvon120420-2852.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:41  53.1 KB 688×480
image/jpegfish crossing ford Carnarvon120420-2853.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:41  57 KB 768×432
image/jpegfrog Cyclorana alboguttata Carnarvon120420-2821.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:15 130 KB 880×576
image/jpegfrog Cyclorana alboguttata Carnarvon120420-2860.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:49  77.6 KB 960×576
image/jpegfrog Cyclorana alboguttata Carnarvon120420-2870.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:55 135 KB 768×576
image/jpegfrog Limnodynastes salmini Carnarvon120420-2814.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:08  92.7 KB 880×576
image/jpegfrog Limnodynastes salmini Carnarvon120420-2817.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:10 131 KB 880×640
image/jpegfrog Limnodynastes salmini Carnarvon120420-2873.jpg i20-Apr-2012 21:02 117 KB 768×576
image/jpegfrog Litoria caerulea Carnarvon120420-2878.jpg i20-Apr-2012 21:39 104 KB 848×560
image/jpegfrog Litoria rubella Carnarvon120420-2850.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:39  77.6 KB 640×576
image/jpegfrog Litoria wilcoxi Carnarvon120420-2738.jpg i20-Apr-2012 14:41 126 KB 960×640
image/jpegowl Ninox sp Carnarvon120420-2834.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:23  63.4 KB 640×512
image/jpegtoad Bufo marinus Carnarvon120420-2824.jpg i20-Apr-2012 20:19  77.1 KB 864×640
image/jpegWard's Canyon Carnarvon120420-2052.jpg i20-Apr-2012 11:10  74.2 KB 480×640
image/jpegWard's Canyon Carnarvon120420-2065.jpg i20-Apr-2012 11:20  41.6 KB 640×480
image/jpegwaterfall Moss Garden Carnarvon120420-2642.jpg i20-Apr-2012 08:56  68.3 KB 640×480

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