But first we visited Yuendumu. Peter and Liyin went on to Alice Springs and back home. I fuelled up at @2.20/L and headed southwest to Newhaven via Nyirripi -- to visit the poo ponds of course. Nothing special there. I had misread an email that I thought said that there was a resident Black Falcon at Nyirripi but no BF so I reread the email and I should have been at Papunya!! So I had to make do with Hoary-headed Grebes, Zebra Finches and Brown Falcons. Still nice to see and photograph though.
|Hoary-headed Grebe Poliocephalus poliocephalus|
|Zebra Finch Taeniogpygia guttata|
|Brown Falcon Falco berigora|
|Newhaven at last. Bird mecca of central Australia,|
second to Alice Springs poo ponds.
But, coming from the west, first I had to bypass the road kill in the first ten kilometres. This first body is an Australian Owlet-nightjar. I had seen one at Old Police Station Waterhole, live of course, but this one allowed closer examination. They tend to work open areas [roads] for food [insects etc] at sunset/night [thus roads are the most likely place to see them] but sometimes, obviously, they succumb to the risks of a modern feeding environment.
This guy is a Stimson's Python.
The first "mountain" to the south of the one and only road running east-west through Newhaven, is Mt Gurner which had a good rap in the trip notes [available here and downloadable to your mobile device for off-line use] and looked good to climb with great views of the surrounding countryside. So, a plan for the next morning.
|Sunset at Mt Gurner|