After our inland jaunt it was off to the north coast for some R&R and the wedding of my brother-in-law at Evan's Head. Spring was approaching and the weather was superb. We camped at Yuraygir National Park boasting sixty-five kilometres of undeveloped coastline, the longest stretch in the state.
|Sandon Beach rock scape - Yuraygir|
This reptile came close to our camp site on a couple of occasions looking for an easy meal, of course we didn't oblige. It was quite a large specimen of about 1.5 metres (they can grow to over 2 metres) and its bite is known to be mildly venomous. All the more reason to keep some distance from these beautifully patterned omnivores.
The dead fish below was also quite big, roughly 30cm in length. Much larger than the annoying and similar Toad Fish that stole the bait or got hooked when I used to fish in the past, generally for something a bit more appetizing!
|Beached Puffer Fish|
|Rocky Point beach - Yuraygir|
Our base at Evans Head for the weekend was the local caravan park in a picturesque setting adjacent to the Evans River. An assortment of water loving birds gave me some excellent photo opportunities. Much easier than those little brown jobs that inhabit the bush!
|Little Egret - in breeding plumage|
|Australasian Darter - male|
After the wedding we spent a week at a van park just outside Yamba, where for a total of fifteen hours work we received a free site. There were some nice birds to be found in the area, including these spoonbills shining in the spring sun.The one on the right was in breeding phase with its bright yellow eyebrow and funky tuft of head plumes.
The two species below were actually in the park right near our van. The rail was one of a pair snooping around the cabins and the babblers were a real surprise this close to the coast, roosting for the evening in a nearby tree.
Cheers & Happy Birding