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