And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Pilbara Habitats

Some Pilbara trap sites are in beautiful locations such as this spinifex covered hillside, but often it's hard work to dig in ten 25 litre buckets into rock! Thank God for jackhammers. Sometimes though it's still a crowbar and shovel job.

With such a good cover of spinifex, this site was very good for grass-loving animals.

The river courses are great places in the Pilbara to look for animals, ones that live around the eucalypts, those that prefer rock gorges and often those found in the grassy areas in between.

Fellow zoologist Cameron and herpatologist Brad checking out a good wildlife area near a waterhole in one of the Woodie Woodie gorges.

One of the beautiful local tourist spots near Woodie Woodie, Carawine Gorge on the Oakover River. A great spot to camp for a couple of days.

If you are going there, it's best to have a 4WD, as the tracks can get a bit soft at times.

A nice site to trap and look for animals.

And a not so nice site, burnt about 6 months before. We did have to have traplines at this site, which we called the 'Nuked Site', due to it's specific location.

Believe it or not, we did catch a few geckos and other small animals here most nights.

1 comment:

Wilma said...

Beautiful landscapes.