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Currawynia National Park, Queensland

12 Oct ’10

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During the mid-semester break (July 2010, after Cooloola and what I wrote in the previous article) I spent a week in Currawynia National Park with the EFC (Environmental Future Centre) team and it was my first outback experience. I had no idea what to expect. The trip actually started with 3 days at Lake Broadwater and possibly some of the coldest nights of my life.

Après Cooloola, toujours durant le mois de juillet j’ai passé une semaine a Currawynia avec l’équipe de L’EFC (Environmental Future Center). Ce fut ma première expérience dans l’outback australien, je ne savais pas trop a quoi m’attendre mais je n’ai pas été déçu. Le trip a débuté avec 3 jours a Lake Broadwater, endroit dont j’ai deja parlé ici et ici

Lake Broadwater Conservation Park

Galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) taking off. Photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.
 
 

Apostle Bird photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare

As usual the bird life of this lake and park was amazing. As I said in my previous article about Lake Broadwater here and here, it’s not a permanent lake and the level depends on the rain. When full it attracts a plentiful and diverse birdlife.

Comme d’habitude l’avifaune de ce lac était incroyable. Comme je l’ai dit précédent ce n’est pas un lac permanent mais depuis 1an il est plein a cause de la pluie et de ce fait attire l’avifaune en grand nombre.

The Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea) like to cuddle. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.
Massive flock of Little Corellas photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.
A white necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) quietly waiting. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare
A Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis) photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.
The Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus): The male photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.
The Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus): The female photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare

The two red rumped parrots above were a new species for me.

David birdwatching on the shores of Lake Broadwater Conservation Area. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

Clay testing the Canon EF 70-200 F/4 L lenin the top image, and Dave birdwatching near the lake below. In our spare time we did a lot of birdwatching and I ticked a few species in my list. A gauche, Clay en train de tester le 70-200 F/4 et Dave en train d’observer les oiseaux. J’ai pu rajouter beaucoup d’espèces observées a ma liste.

An ant from the Campotonus genus. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.
An ant from the Campotonus genus. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

This ant (Carpenter Ant) was one of the stockiest ants I’ve ever seen.

Sunrise on Lake Broadwater Conservation Area. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.
Sunrise on Lake Broadwater Conservation Area. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

The two images above are from the last morning after spending what was probably the coldest night of my life. Sleeping in negative temperatures with a bad/cheap sleeping bag is not a good idea. The mist on the lake comes from the difference of temperature of the water and the air, this mist has a very strong bird dejection smell and it is not the nicest thing to wake up to!

Les deux images au dessus ont ete prisent le dernier matin apres avoir passe la nuit la plus froide de toute ma vie. Dormir par des températures négatives avec un sac de couchage pourri/pas cher ce n’est pas une bonne idée. La brume sur le lac vient de la différence de température entre l’eau du lac et l’air ce qui permet aux excrétion d’oiseaux de se retrouver dans l’air, ce n’est pas une odeur agréable quand tu prends ton petit déjeuner.

Currawynia National Park

A female bilby at the nursery in Charlesvilles (QLD). Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.
The EFC team at the ranger station. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

We drove from Lake Broadwater to Charlesville where we stayed overnight. We had a quick tour at the bilby nursery where we got some insight on their biology and ecology before heading more inland and see them in the wild… well in T bilby fence. On a fait une visite rapide du centre de réintroduction de Bilbys ou on a eu un petit cours sur leur biologie et écologie avant de continuer sur l’ouest et de les voir en vrais, dans la “Bilby fence”.

A white-necked heron landing in a billabong in Currawynia National Park. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.
A white-necked heron landing in a billabong in Currawynia National Park. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

These two images are from a white necked heron (Ardea pacifica), this bird has a quite unpleasant call (very raucous like many herons/egrets) but is very gracious in flight.

Ces deux images représentent un héron a tête blanche (Ardea pacifica), cet oiseau n’a pas un appel des plus plaisants mais est très sympathique une fois en vol.

Bynoe's Gecko (Heteronotia binoei) photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.
Bynoe's Gecko (Heteronotia binoei) close up photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.

Reptiles were also around. This is a small Bynoe’s gecko (Heteronotia binoei) found under pieces of tin next to some green tree frogs. On oublie pas les reptiles avec ce ptit gecko de Bynoe (Heteronotia binoei) trouvé en dessous de tole avec quelques grenouilles.

The Mulga Parrot (Psephotus varius) photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare
Sunset at the Granite Boulders in Currawynia National Park. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.

Sunset from the Granite Boulders in Currawynia National Park. Photograph by Nicolas Rakotopare.Red outback sunset in Currawynia National Park photographed by Nicolas Rakotopare.

The sunsets in the outback are quite amazing. The two images above are taken from the same location , called The Boulders, but at different times. I hope that I’ll go back there at some point. I still have a few things I want to see and photograph.

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

Comments (4)

  • October 13, 2010 by David

    David

    Nic, you must have such an outstanding image library by now – if you ever start printing and selling your shots (and I have money), let me know! I can’t pick a favourite, but the one of Clay comes close, such great lines in the shot.

  • October 14, 2010 by rqko

    rqko

    The day I open my online shop i’ll let you know mate :p

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