Friday, October 28, 2011

Belair national park

We had half a day walk in the Belair national park. 
The Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus).

The birds blend in so nicely it's difficult to spot them. At first You notice one, then two and after a second You see a whole bunch of them munching on the grass, sitting in the trees.
One has to brush their shoes before and after entering some sections of the park. It because of the phytophtora root-rot fungus. It kills native plants and the whole ecosystem slowly crashes.
BBQ place in the park. It's that special kind, with no open fire.
A currawong.
We met a couple of wild emus. We could see that they are heading for the same path as we are. A bit scary, cause they are so big animals. So we just stopped and made some loud sounds. They've spotted us. It was them who gave way. After we passed the birds, they continued and crossed the path.
You can find this beautiful eucalyptus tree in shops in Lithuania as well. I can't keep it-it needs really much sun.
The Kookaburra. I was really lucky to witness it hunting. It was just sitting a couple of meters away, bobbing it's tail. Then the bird would throw itself on the grass and swallow a whole lizard while in the grass.

The Wollemi Pine is one of the world's oldest and rarest tree species belonging to a 200 million-year-old plant family.
More odd blossoms.
It was close I stepped right into this one...
I have an eye for spotting animals. I've spotted two lizards in the grass.  It's Tiliqua rugosa - a short-tailed, slow moving species of blue-tongued skink found in Australia. It looked like a big moving sausage, with a head on both ends of the body.
Could it be a home for termites?
Two roaring growling koalas in one day! The sound is quite scary if you are sleeping in a tent and have no idea what's going on. It's their mating season right now...
Nice structures.
What do You want?
Remember I told You about funny magpie baby? i had a chance to film it !

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