Gulf of Carpentaria

The Gulf had a bumper wet 09-10 season, so there was plenty of water and plenty of critters when I was up there last month. The only new reptile for me was the little spotted snake, but I wasn’t actually there when it was caught (I was still in Brisbane, but flew up the next day), so I’m not sure if I can reptick it.

I did see a couple of new frogs and birds, including a 2.7-second glimpse of a Gouldian finch (just enough time to take some photographic evidence). Gouldian finches are pretty rare in Queensland. I think I pished this one in from the NT.

Little spotted snake (Suta punctata)
Little spotted snake (Suta punctata)

Little spotted snake (Suta punctata)
Little spotted snake (Suta punctata)

Ring-tailed dragon (Ctenophorus caudicinctus)
Ring-tailed dragon (Ctenophorus caudicinctus)

Copland's rock frog (Litoria coplandi)
Copland’s rock frog (Litoria coplandi)

Copland's rock frog (Litoria coplandi)
Copland’s rock frog (Litoria coplandi)

Copland's rock frog (Litoria coplandi)
Copland’s rock frog (Litoria coplandi)

Bar-shouldered ctenotus (Ctenotus inornatus)
Bar-shouldered ctenotus (Ctenotus inornatus)

Orange-naped snake (Furina ornata)
Orange-naped snake (Furina ornata)

Ornate soil-crevice skink (Notoscincus ornatus)
Ornate soil-crevice skink (Notoscincus ornatus)

Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)
Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)

Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)
Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)

Common rock-rat (Zyzomys argurus)
Common rock-rat (Zyzomys argurus)

Large-footed myotis (Myotis macropus)
Large-footed myotis (Myotis macropus)

Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)
Freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni)

Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat
Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat

Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat
Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat

Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat
Green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) eating a microbat

Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)
Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)

Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)
Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)

Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)
Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)

Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)
Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)

Notaden melanoscaphus
Notaden melanoscaphus

Gravelly-soil striped skink (Ctenotus lateralis)
Gravelly-soil striped skink (Ctenotus lateralis)

Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)
Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)

Two-spined rainbow skink (Carlia amax)
Two-spined rainbow skink (Carlia amax)

Agile snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus zoticus)
Agile snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus zoticus)

Shaded-litter rainbow-skink (Carlia munda)
Shaded-litter rainbow-skink (Carlia munda). Male in breeding colours.

Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)
Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)

Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)
Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)

Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)
Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis) eating ornate burrowing frog (Platyplectrum ornatum)

Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)
Olive python (Liasis olivaceus)

Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)
Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)

Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)
Black-headed python (Aspidites melanocephalus)

Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)
Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)

Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)
Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii)

Mertens' water monitor (Varanus mertensi)
Mertens’ water monitor (Varanus mertensi)

Mertens' water monitor (Varanus mertensi)
Mertens’ water monitor (Varanus mertensi)

Mertens' water monitor (Varanus mertensi)
Mertens’ water monitor (Varanus mertensi)

Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)
Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)

Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)
Yellow-sided two-line dragon (Diporiphora magna)

Sharp-snouted delma (Delma nasuta)
Sharp-snouted delma (Delma nasuta)

Sharp-snouted delma (Delma nasuta)
Sharp-snouted delma (Delma nasuta)

Excitable delma (Delma tincta)
Excitable delma (Delma tincta)

Excitable delma (Delma tincta)
Excitable delma (Delma tincta)

Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)
Marbled velvet gecko (Oedura marmorata)

Northern blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia)
Northern blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia)

Common dwarf skink (Menetia greyii)
Common dwarf skink (Menetia greyii)

Giant frog (Cyclorana australis)
Giant frog (Cyclorana australis)

Hidden-ear frog (Cyclorana cryptotis)
Hidden-ear frog (Cyclorana cryptotis)

Little broad-nosed bat (Scotorepens greyii)
Little broad-nosed bat (Scotorepens greyii)

Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)
Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)

Rufous-throated honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Rufous-throated honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Long-tailed finches (Poephila acuticauda) and masked finch (Poephila personata)
Long-tailed finches (Poephila acuticauda) and masked finch (Poephila personata)

Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae)

Bar-breasted honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)
Bar-breasted honeyeater (Ramsayornis fasciatus)

Rufous-throated honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)
Rufous-throated honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis)

Peaceful dove (Geopelia striata)
Peaceful dove (Geopelia striata)

Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)
Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)

Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)
Long-tailed finch (Poephila acuticauda)

Double-barred finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)
Double-barred finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)

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About Stewart Macdonald

I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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