Waterfalls and Striped Possums

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 11 August 2022
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In our third full day in Atherton Tablelands, we first headed off to Mount Hypipamee National Park.  Here we are walking the Dinner Falls circuit.

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Falls on Barron River near Dinner Falls.

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Dinner Falls.

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Next we walked on to the Mount Hypipamee Crater.

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This is of course a volcanic crater.

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From the viewing platform, there is a drop of 130 metres to the lake which is then a further 73 metres deep.  It’s a long way down.

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I was intrigued by the patterns on the surface of the lake.

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These are partly natural and partly created by people who frequently throw rocks down into the lake.  (Personally, I’d prefer it just to be natural).

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Panoramic view.

After that, I decided to head off to Zillie Falls again.  I had carelessly exposed my images there at high ISO the previous day so thought to try again.  This image is from a viewpoint on the way.

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Zillzie Falls.

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In the late afternoon I was shooting into the light and I didn’t bracket enough, so there is no detail in the sky.

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I decided to head back via the bird hide at Hastie’s Swamp.   That meant a long trip on the back roads, late in the afternoon.  I can’t show you much of what we saw because often the light was fleeting and the narrow winding roads often meant nowhere to pull over.

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At Hastie’s Swamp I took some more photographs of the plumed whistling-ducks in challenging low light conditions of the late afternoon.

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This is the opposite shore, which about 200 metres away.

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Back with the night life where we were staying, the sugar gliders were there initially but when one or two much larger striped possums turned up, they made themselves scarce.

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Here you can see the elongated fourth finger with a long hooked nail that it uses to extract insects and caterpillars from bark and cracks.  In this it is similar to the very weird Aye-Aye from Madagascar.  They are not related though.  The Aye-Aye is a lemur and a very primitive primate whereas the striped possum is a marsupial found mainly in New Guinea and West Irian but also in coastal North Queensland.

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Rainforest and Sugar Gliders

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, 9 August 2022
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On our second full day in the Atherton Tablelands, we first headed to Malanda, which was not far.  We discovered a wonderful coffee bar near the Visitors’ Centre with great coffee and perhaps the best muffins I have encountered. The owner told us he is a chef and made the muffins himself, whereas most places purchase premade cheap frozen muffins, with a corresponding cost in taste.  Creeping Americanisation perhaps.

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Krefft’s turtle.

We walked several trails in Malanda Falls Conservation Park on both sides of the road.  We were hoping to encounter a tree kangaroo in one of a number of locations in the Atherton Tablelands but this was not to happen.  However, there was lots more to see.

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There were a number of these turtles swimming round near the bank at a particular location in the North Johnstone River.

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I think there may have been a description of this symbiotic flowering plant in the Visitors’ Centre but I did not record it so I can’t tell you what it is.

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Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons).

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North Johnstone River.

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Funghi by the path.

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Red-legged pademelon (Thylogale stigmatica) moving quickly through the bush.

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Funghi by the Path.

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Millaa Millaa Falls.

Next we visited the waterfall circuit at Millaa Millaa.

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Zillie Falls.

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With a bit of a scramble, I found a good location for the Zillie Falls and also took some studies of water and rocks.

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Ellinjaa Falls.

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I also had in mind to visit  Crawford’s Lookout, North Johnston Lookout Track, Mamu Tropical Skywalk, Innisfail and Babinda Boulders but we would have needed an extra day for that.

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Returning to our accomodation at Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges, we were able to experience nightime observations of sugar gliders (petaurus breviceps longicaudatus).

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A Striped possum (Dactylopsila trivirgata) briefly appeared.

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And then it was back to the sugar gliders again, feeding on the sap of a tree.

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