With the weather being so dry this year, crane numbers were lower than normal and those that hadn't already left for their breeding grounds in the Gulf were not generally feeding in fields close to any public roads, so photographic opportunities were rather limited this year.
The crane below only had one leg. The other one was amputated below the knee.
Large flocks of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are a common sight around the fields and paddocks.
I didn't spend much time in the dry country habitats this year, and I only made one single 20 minute visit to a Great Bowerbird bower during the whole 2 months I was on the Tablelands.
A morning spent walking around Mareeba Wetlands was one of the least productive days of the entire trip and all I had to show for frying my brains in the baking heat were a few of shots of Brown-backed Honeyeater and a couple of dragonflies...
It continued to get drier and drier at Hasties Swamp with nothing but Plumed Whistling-ducks and the occasional pelican present. By the end of the month, even these had left as all the remaining water rapidly evaporated and nothing but a muddy puddle was left.
It was quite a spectacular sight when all the Plumed Whistling-ducks took flight together. On this occasion it was the arrival of a noisy group of birders that promted the exodus....
Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus)
Lake Eacham by moonlight
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