Following our visit to Paluma (see following post), we had a two-day stay at Townsville's Rowes Bay which was pretty well birding-free, although I saw a pair of Black Falcons hunting in the distance on the Town Common.
We continued south to Eungulla, the isolated plateau of highland rainforest and dairy farms west of Mackay. We had booked online for a two-night stay in the Eungulla National Park's Broken River camping ground, but it was crowded out with freeloaders and day-trippers, so we squeezed our camper trailer into a tent site at the nearby Fern Flat camping ground.
The performance of Queensland national parks authorities in managing camping areas is woeful.
has two claims to fame. It is probably the easiest site in Australia
to see Platypus, and we found them quickly in the Broken River day
is also the only site frequented by the Eungella Honeyeater. This is
a fairy scarce bird that can be difficult. I tracked one down along
Diggings Road but it proved difficult to photograph in the gloomy
trawled without success for Sooty Owls in the early morning; they are
reported from Eungella but the subspecies is uncertain. The weather
was lousy during our stay.
|Diggings Road, Eungella|
|Sandfly Creek, Mackay|
|Broad-billed Flycatcher male|
|Broad-billed Flycatcher female|