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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wildlife at Bald Rock National Park, NSW.

Family of Cunningham's Skinks
We were delighted to see a family of Cunningham's Skinks sunning themselves. These skinks vary a lot in their colouration and the ones on Bald Rock have a very colourful palette.

There were quite a few Common Brown butterflies about. We did mange to get a photo of a slightly different brown butterfly that I wasn't familiar with and I was able to get it identified as a Ringed Xenica by a member of The Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club (BOIC).

Ringed Xenica  Geitoneura acantha
We often encounter wildlife around campgrounds that have become accustomed to people feeding them. Unfortunately, feeding wildlife can lead to undesirable behaviors developing in that wildlife. Aggression is just one of the reasons that national parks often display signs asking people not to feed wildlife. At Blackdown Tablelands National Park, QLD, we encountered unusually large numbers of thieving Pied Currawongs, at Mulligans Campground in the Gibraltar Range National Park, NSW, we even encountered a very aggressive Satin Bowerbird. At Bald Rock Campground there are problems with very pushy Kookaburras. A young man camping there had told us that Kookaburras were "getting in his face", we didn't realize how literal he was being until I was eating a sandwich and a Kookaburra flew right into my face and stole the sandwich while I was biting it. The beak of the Kookaburra, which believe me is very large at close range, actually hit my hand on the way through and left a red swelling and a blood blister on my thumb.

The culprit with the evidence.
Here are a few other bird photos that I liked:

Eastern Spinebill
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Scarlet Honeyeater
Superb Fairy-wren

Wildlife: Red-necked Wallaby, Swamp Wallaby, Cunningham's Skink, Squirrel Glider.
Bird List: Satin Bowerbird, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pied Currawong, Superb Fairy-wren, Grey Fantail, Noisy Friarbird, Tawny Frogmouth, Scarlet Honeyeater, Laughing Kookaburra, Musk Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Magpie, Eastern Yellow Robin, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella, White-browed Scrubwren, Eastern Spinebill, Brown Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Red-browed Treecreeper, White-throated Treecreeper.

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