I had long wanted to visit the Warrumbungles in central northern NSW. We headed off for a three-day camp to Warrumbungle National Park after visiting Kwiambal National Park further north. Some excellent mountain scenery was enjoyed, with this image showing the nearby Siding Springs space observatory on the distant ridge top.
The Warrumbungles were devastated by a huge bushfire last January - see here for one interesting report at the time. I was surprised at the totality of the destruction and how little vegetation had regenerated almost six months after the event. Something is wrong with fire management practices when a fire can cause such extensive damage over such a vast area. We were told by a landholder neighbouring the national park that the fire-fighting authorities called it quits at 4pm on the day the fire broke out, allowing it to get out of control overnight.
Some more scenic shots of the Warrumbungles.
These mountains near our camp were aglow with the late afternoon sun.
We had to head a little west, out of the park and the burned wasteland, to find some nice western birds in open woodland on the edge of farmland. Some dry country birds encountered included Spotted Bowerbird, White-browed Babbler, Grey-crowned Babbler and the following.