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8 March 2012 - Swan Brook rest area (Inverell area) to Inverell
After a quiet night in Swan Brook rest area we woke to a sunny, cool morning. With only 33 kilometres to drive this morning to Inverell we were not in any hurry to leave. When we did get away, traffic on the Gwyder Highway was very light and the road surface good on a highway gently descending from 752 metres elevation at Swan Brook rest area to 614 metres at Inverell.

The road passed through lightly timbered grazing land supporting sheep and cattle. Unlike yesterday, when we had passed only grazing paddocks, today we saw cropping activity as well. We passed several paddocks of ripening sorghum and one large paddock of sunflowers ripe and ready for harvesting. One large olive grove and several groups of bee-hives provided more variety.

At the selected caravan park at the edge of Inverell I reversed the van into the designated site and we set up for a few days. Opposite the caravan a willow tree was the preferred site for a family of Tawny Frogmouths (two adults and two juveniles); the manager said the adults were permanent residents and this was their second family for the year. Tawny Frogmouths usually remain motionless in a tree during the day relying on camouflage colouring to conceal them; these ones (especially the two juveniles) were not reluctant to move on their branch or turn their heads to watch something on the ground below.

After lunch we drove into Inverell to look around.

Tawny Frogmouth Juvenile Tawny Frogmouth. This young bird hasn't yet fully developed the habit of keeping the eyes nearly shut during the day to conceal the yellow colour.

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