The "Top End" of Australia
Part 9: Wyndham - All other wildlife
This gorgeous Red-winged Parrot was the only reward I got during my fruitless 3-hour wait for the Gouldian Finches at Wyndham council offices.
The pools at Grotto Creek didn't just attract lots of finches (see previous page), a good variety of honeyeaters also came down to drink, including Grey-fronted, Yellow-tinted, Rufous-throated and White-throated.
This Pheasant Coucal didn't seem to even notice me as after it had had a drink it continued hopping up the dry creekbed towards where I was sitting among the dead grasses. It wasn't until it was too close to focus on (<4.5m) that it gave a startled jump as it suddenly realised I was there!
This bird is currently moulting into its breeding colours. Once the moult is complete, its entire head, neck and underparts will be entirely black.
While the other birds were bathing, a female Leaden Flycatcher was staying close to the ponds to catch the insects flying above the water's surface.
A Short-eared Rock Wallaby came down off the hill in search of a drink one morning. They are rather shy, mostly nocturnal creatures and I unfortunately only saw it at a distance as it descended the slope before disappearing into the dense vegetation a little bit upstream of where I was sitting.
Red-backed Fairywren (Malurus melanocephalus)
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus)
On the top of the escarpment, up by the Grotto car park, White-quilled Rock-pigeons were common, although their near perfect camouflage could at times make them quite difficult to spot. Spinfex Pigeons were also common up there.
White-quilled Rock-pigeon is an endemic specialist of dry sandstone escarpments and rocky places from the Kimberleys to Stokes Range.
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