The Norman River flows through the trading town of Normanton before emptying into the Gulf of Carpentaria at Karumba.
Karumba Point provides a popular place to view the sunset across the Norman River estuary.
Normanton was original port town
The home of the Gulflander, the vintage train the runs the old line to the once gold town of Croydon.
The route passes little siding in the sparse outback.
Normanton as the old port town has a collection of historic buildings.
These days Karumba is the main port
And home to large prawn and barramundi fishing industry.
While the model of a replica of a huge crocodile caught in the Norman River announces that this is Croc Country.
It is the waterbirds that fascinated me.
At Mutton Hole Wetlands.
And in the mangroves flanking the river at Karumba.
The powerful raptors
Osprey and Kite
And the little mangrove birds
Red helmeted honey eater
Darting around the mangrove
And down around the waterline
The campground at Normanton offered the luxury of a pool and spa
And at Karumba the campers included a group of classic cars from the 1920s that had driven all the way from Melbourne
And a nightly concert of harp and guitar from my neighbouring campers.
Tomorrow I head deeper into the Gulf Country along a dirt road to the remote town of Burketown.
In North Queensland only a few hundred kilometres inland from the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is some of the most intensive coal mining in the world.
The Stop Adani Campaign has been the headline battle to try and stop the coal behemoth swallow up the fragile land water and wildlife churn it and just spit it out as tailing and pollution
Bob Brown Stop Adani convoy 2019
And the fight still goes on at FLAC
The west of Queensland is dry and outside the wet season the riverbeds are dry sand
And farmers, animals, birdlife and native flora rely on water stored underground.
It bubbles up in springs across inland Australia. The springs I swam in on the Oodnadatta Track, thousands of kilometres away are linked and fed water by the Queensland springs.
Springs like Doongmabulla Spings
An oasis in the harsh outback of Queensland which could likely be drained to wash the coal extracted from The Adani Mine.
Water is essential to preserving the beautiful things of nature.
None of the birds above are threatened but at the Adani site, there are endangered species of birds that could be wiped out.
In outback Australia, water is life. For people, for food production, for Australia’s unique fauna and flora.
We don’t need to use it to waste it on a new coal mine when the future is in renewable energy not coal or gas.
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Camped at Camp Binbee
Under the Milky Way at Night
The Ostrich the
largest bird in the world (followed by the Cassowary and Emu found in my home Australia)wanders the plains grassy planes of Africa including the Masai mara.
A flightless bird it sometimes crosses path with the
While a flighted bird it spends most of its time on the ground hunting. Unfortunately this unique bird is disappearing and is listed as vulnerable. The Secretarybird gets its name from the spikey head quills that are, I’m told, likened to the pencils that secretaries used to place behind their ear.
The Secretarybird has a featherless face and predators beak like a vulture.
The vultures featherless head and long featherless neck though is specially designed for this carrion eater.
But is was the colourful birds this I were one of the highlights of the Masai mara for me.
The brightly coloured
And finally the most beautiful of all, the