Pilbara - Millstream Chichester National Park - Millstream Homestead May 30 - 31 2018
  After three days we moved to Miliyanha Campground. And a walk around Jirndawurrunha Pool.

The pools along the Fortescue are where the river has eroded through to the Millstream Dolomite.

Millstream is fed from the aquifer in the dolomite.

  Beautifully clear. A similar colour to Running Waters with the light in the right direction.

A colour perhaps explained by the dolomite.

  Lillies. And also a water fern that requires a bit of maintenance to remove.

An agreement that allows camp hosts to swim if they remove ferns.

Otherwise swimming forbidden.

  A bit ethereal.
  Lots of vines around the pool and along the waterway.

There's a notice at the visitors centre and a pic of a planned burn in 2016.

The area (and the vine) has recovered well.

  The lillies produce leaves underwater.

We can easily see the bottom at 2-3m.

  We startled a heron but it was too well hidden in undergrowth to focus the camera.

Its a long way to come to find things closed.

  An old borer at the homestead.

I'll have to go back to find the mechanism that turned the drill.

  Another stroll downstream from the pool and homestead, alongside Millstream. A duplication of part of yesterday, but this time with Ali.

A grey-crowned babbler.

At last, something we can make sense of in the bird book.

There was a flock of 5 or 6 hopping around in the edge of the bush. No matter which side of the bush I was on they were on the other side. Until they got bored and flew away.

They were cheerfully noisy. Babbling?

  I thought it would be a better pic of a babbler.

But no. Now I have to search the bird book. Again.

Its possibly a black-tailed tree creeper. The shape is right, and it more or less matches the pic in the parks signs. But not the bird book. These things are not to be taken literally ...

  We know what this is .......... unmistakable.

A blue-winged kookaburra.

The one's that never learned to laugh. But seems to keep trying.

As dark falls they serenade us.

  An Australian Ringneck Parrot - more specifically, a Port Lincoln Parrot.

We spotted a couple a long way along the track but they were too quick. This is one of the pair that seems to frequent the track near the campsite.

There are a few variations of ringnecks. The Port Lincoln is the "nominative" race. Others have red flashes above their beak and a few other distinctions.

  We keep mixing up and confusing all the many honeyeaters we encounter.

In this area we see them as dark in the trees and yellow as they fly.

Occasionally we get close enough to get a pic and recognise them.

This is a white-plumed honeyeater.

  We cheated. These red kangaroos are keeping the grass down around the homestead.

Hand reared apparently.

The day is a bit overcast which means the kangaroos are happy out in the open.

  We haven't seen one of these previously so lots of discussion and much excitement in our camp.

A red-backed kingfisher. In the forest around the homestead.

An on again off again process as it looked for food, prepared to launch, then relaxed, until repeated a few moments later.

The bird book describes it as "uncommon" and migratory, winter in northern Australia. Just like us this year.

  Repeat after me ...... date palms are not millstream palms.

They look totally different.

Its taken a couple of days for me to realise.

A remnant of the homestead garden. Vague suggestions of irrigation and garden, though the bananas (I recall) and other food plants are long gone. The homestead had a gardener.

  Another quick look at the lilly pond on our evening constitutional.

I couldn't see under the bridge enough to know whether the weir is natural or had a bit of human help.

  An Australian (Little) Grebe making use of the peace and quiet just before the sun sets.

We gave it 10/10 for its duck dives.

  Then took another pic.

Though perhaps I should mention the peace and quiet is broken by the sound of a large stationary diesel engine and pump associated with the bore field supplying water to Karratha. I imagine it would break all sorts of Occ Health and Safety sound barriers close up. Always noticeable at the pool the sound pervades the park and is at times intrusive. At times there's a resonance added, a steady, persistent, half second beat. Whoever thought it was acceptable should be shot.

  Hidden in a tree on the far side of the pool is a Rufus (Nankeen) Night Heron. A bit shy.

A similar shape (in our eyes) to a swamp heron.

Out and about a bit early?

We are on our way home for tea.

Pilbara - Millstream Chichester National Park - Python Pool and George Gorge June 1 - 4 2018

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