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PHOTOS from Bunya Mtns NP

Bunya Mountains NP is famous for its rainforest dominated by bunya pines. We camped at the Westcott campsite for three nights in April, 2015. It was the first time that we had been there so we had no idea what to expect, but Laura had done the research and it was supposed to be rich in birdlife.


It is always a bit risky camping in places that you have never seen before. Unfortunately on our our first night a couple of men drove in at about 9 o'clock and spent several hours afterwards noisily setting up camp and clinking bottles. And then another group, in three cars, arrived at 3am, and again proceeded to set up camp in the picnic ground. We had to ask them to be quiet so that we could sleep. Never before have we met with such bad manners, when camping in national parks. Usually people are very courteous and considerate.


Then on the second night we had very strong winds, which continued through the next day and night. So we suffered a bit from lack of sleep. But all was redeemed on the third afternoon as Laura and I sat trying to improve our plein air painting techniques at one of the tables in the picnic ground near the campsite. A woman wearing a headscarf, who was sharing a barbecue with her husband and three little girls, came over to us, introduced herself, and offered us some "Arabic food". We were very touched by this act of spontaneous generosity. Thankyou, Mullah.


That is the great thing about bird photography and camping in national parks - you meet the very nicest people!


The Westcott campground is located in a clearing in rainforest and is bordered along one side by a grassy slope. Within the campsite and picnic area we saw the usual very common birds that hang around places where people eat food, including yellow robins, Lewin's honeyeaters, white-browed scrub-wrens, brown cuckoo-doves and crows. Less common birds included golden whistlers, silvereyes, crimson rosellas, red-backed fairy wrens, fan-tailed cuckoos, a shining bronze cuckoo, green catbirds, top-knot pigeons and the wedge-tailed eagles that soared above the western slopes. A grey goshawk flew over once or twice, and we could hear a noisy pitta calling from the slopes above.

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