Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Umbrawarra Gorge

Unbrawarra Gorge Nature Park is a small reserve located about 25km SW of Pine Creek. A short walk along a tributary creek of Stray Creek (Umbrawarra Creek?) takes you into a small red sandstone gorge. The birds were prolific with many species of honeyeaters attracted to large orange grevillea flowers and the water.

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Juvenile Banded Honeyeater. Note the yellow pollen on face and base of bill.
Unbrawarra Gorge at the swimming hole.
Many honeyeaters came in to this small patch of water among rocks to the side of the main creek, a much safer place to drink, bathe and preen with an overhead tangle of vegetation.
A very young Banded Honeyeater. There were many juvenile honeyeater species in the Gorge indicating recent breeding.
Dusky Honeyeater, a common honeyeater in the Top End.
White-throated Honeyeater – similar to a White-naped Honeyeater which has a red crescent over eye.
Bar-breasted Honeyeater.
A small flock of Crimson Finches were exploiting the long grasses among Pandanus Palms along the creek. This is and adult male.
There were a few Chestnut-breasted Manakins in company with the Crimson Finches.
Umbrawarra Gorge is well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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