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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve ( Darwin )

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A must see area about 60 klm south east of Darwin.  One of the few year round accessible Wetlands in the Top End, home to an amazing variety of Flora and Fauna. I have visited here many times over the years, and the region never fails to impress..... in the 'dry season',  the birds and animals tend to congregate around the diminishing waters. Truely a bird watchers paradise.
Fogg Dam itself ( and nearby Harrison Dam ) were part of a failed agricultural venture to grow Rice on the Adelaide River floodplains.  Fogg Dam was built in the 1950's as an integral part of the Humpty Doo Rice Project. Some interesting reading .....
https://foggdamfriends.org/culture-heritage/modern-history/
https://foggdamfriends.org/images/documents/Humpty-Doo-RICE-TRAIL-booklet-14-May-13.pdf
https://www.aussiemob.com/fogg-dam/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-28/nt-cane-toad-researcher-greg-brown-fogg-dam/12279564

The Top End is experiencing a 'break period' of the monsoon atm, so was a hot and sunny day yesterday. My son and I did the 'moonsoon vine forest' walk. The deep shade and cooler temps of the walk was a relief from the hot sun. Palms endemic to this region are the Carpentaria acuminata and Livistona benthamii....indeed there are patches so thick with these plants, they almost exclude any other plant life in the swampy forest.
There are also huge specimens of Syzygium trees towering above the canopy, also the giant Leichhardts tree ( 
Nauclea orientalis )
As usual, I took a few pics......

 

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