PHOTOS from Alligator Creek in Bowling Green Bay NP

During our recent trip (August 2015) we stayed for five nights at the Alligator Creek campsite, in Bowling Green Bay National Park, 20 or so kilometres south of Townsville. This is a well developed campsite with bathroom facilities, but no room for cars with trailers or caravans to stay overnight. When we arrived someone was parked in our pre-booked space, so we had to ask them to move.

 

Clearly many of the campers just came in for the overnight stay and didn't bother paying the fee. This feels like cheating, to me, with our National Parks and Wildlife services desperately short of funds and resources overstretched!

 

Townsville is experiencing very dry conditions, and there was probably an unusually high number of bird species around the campsite, possibly attracted by Alligator Creek which was one of the few remaining sources of water. Four of the photos shown below, were of species new to me, the chestnut-breasted cuckoo, the white-faced monarch, the brown-backed honeyeater and the white-throated honeyeater. But I didn't find the yellow-spotted honeyeater, which Joe managed to photograph. it is always a thrill to find new bird species!

 

 

 

Varied triller
Varied triller
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Rufous whistler
Rufous whistler
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Blue-winged kookaburra
Blue-winged kookaburra
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Scaly-breasted lorikeet
Scaly-breasted lorikeet
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Lewins honeyeater
Lewins honeyeater
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Spectacled monarch
Spectacled monarch
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Satin flycatcher, female
Satin flycatcher, female
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Spangled drongo
Spangled drongo
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Pied currawong
Pied currawong
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Pale-headed rosella
Pale-headed rosella
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Satin flycatcher
Satin flycatcher
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Chestnut-breasted cuckoo
Chestnut-breasted cuckoo
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Lemon-bellied flycatcher
Lemon-bellied flycatcher
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Little shrike-thrush
Little shrike-thrush
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Rufous whistler, female
Rufous whistler, female
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White-browed robin
White-browed robin
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Great bowerbird
Great bowerbird
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Brown-backed honeyeater
Brown-backed honeyeater
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Brushtailed possum
Brushtailed possum
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Brush turkeys
Brush turkeys
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Yellow-bellied sunbird
Yellow-bellied sunbird
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Agile wallaby
Agile wallaby
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White-throated honeyeater
White-throated honeyeater
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Yellow honeyeater
Yellow honeyeater
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Dusky honeyeater
Dusky honeyeater
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White-eared monarch
White-eared monarch
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Rufous fantail
Rufous fantail
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Helmeted friarbird
Helmeted friarbird
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Figbird
Figbird
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Sacred kingfisher
Sacred kingfisher
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Kreffts river turtle
Kreffts river turtle
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Allied rock-wallaby
Allied rock-wallaby
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Peaceful dove
Peaceful dove
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Olive-backed oriole
Olive-backed oriole
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