Tuesday, 7 July 2015

NT Road Trip 2015: Part 23

Lajamanu still

As I have mentioned before, the best place to go at any inland town is the poo-ponds. And so I duly fulfilled my obligation to check out the Water Treatment Plant. It was a bonanza.

First excitement was the arrival of hundreds of Crested Pigeons all looking for a drink. Some landed on the wrong side of the fence and spent many minutes walking up and down looking for a way in to join their mates. Maybe birds aren't that bright.

Crested Pigeons Ocyphaps lophotes

But what about on the inside? There was plenty. This next image gives you an idea. Eurasian Coot, Pink-eared Duck, Hardhead, Pacific Black Duck and Grey Teal. There were also Hoary-headed Grebe, Masked Lapwings, Black-winged Stilt and Tree Martins.

Pink-eared Duck Malacorhynchus membranaceus
I turned around facing away from the ponds and heard a Pardalote so "called" him in. It took about twenty seconds to get into a position for a photo opportunity.

Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus uropygialis
Magic. f8 and be there.

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