An overnight stay in a caravan park, refuel [$1.36] and resupply saw us away early the next morning heading east along the Ross Hwy to the start of the Binns Track. The only bird I had time to snap was in the caravan park. Another bad hair day for this bird. The colours in the wing speculum are great.
|Crested Pigeon Ocyphaps loopholes now an endemic in the MID|
We got there a bit late so no birds. The images are of two reptiles seen during the day's drive. The first I spotted on the road as I was whizzing past at 80 kph. I had hoped to see a Thorny Devil Moloch horridus during the trip. I wanted to feel its skin. Yes, it is a bit spiny and spikey but altogether quite soft. My reptile text, A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia by Steve Wilson and Gerry Swan, tells me they eat only black ants and can consume 5,000 at one meal! No wonder they have a slow and stiffened gait.
Next up, just a few kays further along was a snake curled up on the edge of the road. It is a Stimson's Python Antaresia stimsoni orientalis. I didn't know this until later in camp so I kept a discrete distance whilst taking the photos. 600mm lens can come in handy. A very pretty snake.
Once in camp and set up, I grabbed my camera and went to the top of Tower Rock for the sunset.