Shore birds at the mouth of Ross River

ross river mouth
Wet-season sky over the mouth of Ross River

Business in South Townsville ten days ago was enough excuse for a brief visit to the mouth of Ross River. I parked near the end of Boundary Street and walked along the beach to towards the new bridge for this dramatic cloudscape. (We’ve seen lots of promising clouds lately, but still very little rain.) Construction of that bridge and its associated Port Access Road, by the way, is what was blamed for driving the flying foxes and ibis away from the mangroves in the distance to the Palmetum and Dan Gleason Gardens.

There are always shore birds to be seen here. Terns were fishing in the river (Common Terns, I think, Continue reading “Shore birds at the mouth of Ross River”

Big sky over Ross River

high cloud over beach at Ross River estuary
Big sky over Ross River estuary, looking roughly southeast towards hills between Mt Elliott and Cape Bowling Green

Ross Creek runs along the edge of the city centre and past Reef HQ Aquarium so I know it well. However, I rarely visit the mouth of Ross River on the other side of South Townsville.

I was in the vicinity last week to recycle some old computer gear so I continued down to the end of Boundary Street for a walk on the beach. The river mouth is very shallow, with wide stretches of sand and extensive mangroves. I enjoyed the clouds, and a couple of Whistling Kites soaring above me. One came close enough for a pleasing photo:

brown hawk soaring overhead
Whistling Kite, Haliastur sphenurus

Down at ground level I found a sleek grey and black wasp going about its business. It turned out to be a Spider Wasp (Pompilidae) and you can see it here on Flickr.