Barrington Tops

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Subject: Barrington Tops
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 20:52:49 +1100
Dear All

Did a slow and beautiful walk today down the Williams River (Rocky Crossing Track) on the southern side of Barrington Tops, ending up at Barrington Guest House where we hoped to have afternoon tea, only to find it was closed at 3.45 pm.

Being mainly rainforest, birds were heard rather than seen, even when sitting on the edge of the river in a clearing, with views up and down river. Only 25 species identified, but they included Noisy Pitta, Catbird, Spectacled and Black-faced Monarchs, Wonga Pigeon, Superb Lyrebird trying out some new repertoire (or that it what it sounded like), and Scarlet Honeyeaters. In the river, we found a 2 metre Diamond Python, which looked dead when first seen but was only playing dead, coming alive and very active when one person touched its tail. It was shedding skin and made off quickly leaving bits of skin behind.

Then at Barrington Guesthouse, were around 30 Crimson Rosellas, because of course they feed them, lots of Satin Bowerbirds, including one with partial black plumage, and at least 10 Brush Turkeys. Walking down the track to the car park, we found 3 adult Land Mullets, one of which had 2 little ones with it, clearly showing the creamy white spots down each flank. The adults were all dark greyish brown fading lighter on their undersides, not glossy black as mentioned in Steve Wilson/Gerry Swan's Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia. The family of 3 were sunny themselves at the entry to a fallen hollow tree-trunk. Heaps of hollow trunks around so very good habitat for lots of skinks.

A gorgeous place to visit on a hot day.
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