In the Northern Territory as with other States and territories there are rest areas provided to encourage drivers to stop and rest a while and not drive during the night if they can avoid it. These rest areas offer shade and picnic tables and often water and toilets too. You are permitted to camp at some of these rest areas and a particularly picturesque rest area is at Saddle Creek which is 108 kilometres/67 miles east of Kununurra. Following a bush fire the whole area looked particularly bare and the few remaining green trees in the centre of the rest area were still being occupied by a few birds.
A Brown Falcon flew into the parking area and immediately we were drawn to its actions as it turned over the leaves in search of any small creature that was weak or injured by the recent bush fire.
Brown Falcon in the car-park
Having eaten one small creature the Brown Falcon flew just to the front of our vehicle and continued to toss leaves about in search of food and was not at all concerned about our presence!
Brown Falcon turning leaves
The Brown Falcon was definitely taking advantage of the recent bush fire and looking for some easy pickings! It was being rather successful too!
It was an enjoyable time spent relaxing at the rest area and it was interesting to watch the Brown Falcon feed rather than just sitting in a tree or on a post doing very little!