ON THE ROAD — The bridge over Newcastle Waters, north of Elliott, usually spans a dry creek bed but on Monday 9 February the creek was in flood.Below the bridge, a fence-line draped in grass and other flood debris was emerging as the flood dropped. A great many small fish had followed the flood up from waterholes far downstream and were making a noisy meal of food brought down by the muddy waters. A mix of perhaps 20 cormorants, darters, egrets were taking a rest from feeding, sharing perching space on trees in the middle of the flood. An interesting sight was a whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybridus) who kept busy working the waters. The whiskered tern is equally at home in fresh water, brackish water and saltwater. In the Northern Territory its range extends as far south as the Tropic of Capricorn but also migrates into south-east Asia and is found in Eurasia and Africa.

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