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  Water Park Creek camping area in Byfield State Forest  
 
This is about 40km north of Yeppoon and is run by Queensland National Parks and Wildlife, camp grounds are adjacent to the creek and surrounded by vegetation zones ranging from rainforest and woodland to pine plantation. Waterpark Creek is very popular on weekends and during school holidays, if you intend visiting for bird watching or quiet reflection bear this in mind. The creek is a permanent watercourse consisting of alternating sections of shallow rapids and deeper, still pools fringed with dense overhanging vegetation.
 
     
     
     
     
The two photos of an Azure Kingfisher below were taken beside one of the long ponds about 100m from my campsite, I spent some hours sitting among the grass and bushes watching the Kingfisher moving back and forth along the waters edge fishing, I was hoping it would perch close by. It was only on the third day, shortly before I had to leave, that it popped up on a nearby perch and I could get the close shot in the lower photo.
 
     
     
     
 
     
 
About 200m from the camp ground is a walking track through the rainforest dominated by tall turpentine ironbarks with a ground cover of the ancient cycad Bowenia serrulata, the forest is home to several species of fruit doves and forest pigeons, these are hard to spot in the tall trees but can frequently be seen in the picnic grounds and camping area.
 
     
     
     
     
  A pair of Wompoo Fruit-Doves in a Blue Quondong, the fruit of this rainforest tree is eaten by many birds.  
     
     
  Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, another of the rainforest Doves and Pigeons found at Water Park.  
     
  around the campsite  
 
The camp ground is set among remnant forest with a very thick under-story of vines, palms and assorted bushes and small trees through which a steady stream of small birds forage. The photo below is of my camp, I've included it so that you can see how close you camp to the thick scrub and the small birds moving through it, the Eastern Yellow Robin below is a frequent visitor.
 
     
     
 
Eastern Yellow Robins are quite common at Waterpark and often move through your campsite, they are very relaxed, even inquisitive, and close encounters occur often, the bird in the photo below seemed unusually familiar, dropping almost at my feet, scrabbling around and darting back into the brush repeatedly. I knew it was after something to eat but I don't leave food scraps about and couldn't work out what it was finding. The penny dropped when I swatted yet another March Fly, it was zooming in and snaffling them as they hit the ground.
 
     
     
 
As soon as it had the March Fly the Robin would feed it to the fledgling, below, which was waiting quietly nearby.
 
     
     
     
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