Alligator Creek wildlife

Photos of wildlife seen at Alligator Creek, as promised in my previous post.

Birds

Most of the birds I saw were honeyeaters enjoying the bottlebrush blossom along the creek but my photos on the day were no better than those I took on Hervey’s Range last month and posted here and many of the species (Brown, Dusky and Yellow Honeyeaters, and their big cousins the Helmeted Friarbirds) were the same so I won’t repeat myself. Nor will I post photos of the Scrub Turkeys seen on the day, since this old post has funnier shots, or the Black Cormorants sitting on rocks in the swimming hole.

What’s left, then? Not new to me, but not so common, was the White-throated Honeyeater, Melithreptus albogularis. New to me was the Banded Honeyeater, Cissomela pectoralis, but I didn’t get a good shot so here is one on flickr’s Birds of Australia group instead. Also new to me was the Little Shrike-thrush, Colluricincla megarhyncha, not a honeyeater but in the family Pachycephalidae with the Whistlers.

honeyeater Alligator Creek
White-throated Honeyeater
bird Alligator Creek
Little Shrike-thrush

Reptiles

Skinks were common on the rocks of the creek bed but this goanna, pausing on a scavenging expedition around the picnic grounds, was a far more impressive beast. I believe it’s a Yellow-spotted Monitor, Varanus panoptes, since the Lace Monitor, V. varius, normally has more distinct patterns.

goanna Alligator Creek
Yellow-spotted Monitor, Varanus panoptes

Butterflies and Dragonflies

Most of these photos were taken near the junction of Cockatoo Creek and Alligator Creek, just because that’s where I spent most time in the creek bed. Other species seen included the Orchard Swallowtail and Common Crow in the darker, damper bush beside the swimming hole; one brief and dubious sighting of a Tawny Coster beside the walking track; and a couple of damselfies beside Cockatoo Greek. As usual, click on the small images to see them full size in a light-box.

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