Day 10 -- Old Police Station Waterhole
The most 4WDing day of the entire trip. Still heading north from Tower Rock, we almost got to Murray Downs [Imangara] which is the most easterly settlement of the Warlpiri peoples. About 14 kms east of Imangara we turned on to the Hatches Creek Road. This is essentially a 60 km drive up a series of creeks, stones, rocks, sand and ridges to Hatches Creek in the Davenport Ranges. Hatches Creek is the site of a now-disused wolfram [tungsten] mine which was in operation until after WW2 when it became cheaper and easier to mine tungsten elsewhere. Lots of memorabilia around -- and big holes to fall down! "Bird quiet" on the trip.
|Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera|
|Pallid Cuckoo Cacomantis pallidus|
Not far on from Hatches Creek is Old Police Station Waterhole where we spent 2 nights. All the campsites are right by the waterhole itself. OPSW is about 7-800 metres long and about 50 metres at the widest. Birds galore.
|Brown Falcon Falco berigora|
|Beautiful Budgerigars Melopsittacus undulatus|
|Daimond Dove Geopelia cuneata|
|Nankeen Night Heron Nycticorax caledonicus|
|Spotted Harrier Circus assimils|
|Plumed Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna eytoni|
|Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys with a beak full of dragon fly|