Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Karijini National Park might appear quite dry and arid, but look a little closer, and you’ll see it’s teeming with life!

In winter and spring, wildflowers such as yellow-flowering acacias, purple mulla-mullas, and northern bluebells blossom on lower slopes, valley plains and drainage lines. Eucalypts and spinifex hummocks cover most areas of the park all year round.

  • <p>Warrirda (Wedge-tailed eagle)</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a Wedge tailed eagle about to take off in flight. The bird is resting on a light coloured wooden stump, as it looks off into the distance with its wing ready to open. The bird is a dark colour, with feathers that range from dark brown to light brown. It has a light brown eye, and la light coloured break, with some pink colouring near its mouth. The bird has a brown band on its foot. Its feet are cream/yellow in colour, and it has long black nails. Green shrubbery is seen in a distance, with the background out of focus.</p>
  • <p>Peregrine Falcon</p> <p>This photo is a close-up shot of a Peregrine Falcon. It has a white neck and breast, with black spots throughout its body. The feathers on its black are grey, blue and white. It has beady black eyes and a yellow beak. Its large yellow feet and black claws are resting on a brown rock.</p>

Many of the plants here were used by Aboriginal people as food sources, remedies for illness and materials for tools. They would suck on the flowers of the Kardanyba (corkwood/honey hakea) to consume the nectar, and soak them in water to make a sweet drink.

The Minyjara (Vicks bush) was used as a remedy for coughs and colds. The leaves were also dried, boiled in water and used as a lotion around infected eyes and skin. The naturally twisting trunk and strong timber of the Marruwa (snakewood) was used to craft boomerangs.

Keep an eye out for the impressively tall, rocky mounds built by Manthu (termites), which keep their nest beneath cool – like a ventilation system. Another type of mound is built by the Ngadi (Western Pebble-mound mouse). They only weigh about 12 grams, but can build mounds up to four metres across and half a metre high!

There is spectacular bird life in Karijini National Park. The Warrirda (wedge-tailed eagle) is Australia’s largest bird of prey, with a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres!

The Jankurna, or Karlaya (emu), has powerful legs that can carry it at speeds up to 50km/h - though it is also a great swimmer. The Jirrunypa (grey honeyeater) builds small, fragile nests made from plant fibres woven with spider web, but is very rare and hardly ever seen, so keep an eye out!

Other Karijini locals include marsupials such as the Bajiwanarra (red kangaroo) and Bajarri (euro), and mammals such as the Mujira (dingo) and Gould's wattled bat.

Frogs, geckos, goannas, pythons and other snakes also live here. If you’re lucky enough, you might spot one of the rarer species that calls Karijini home, like the bilby or the endemic Pilbara ningaui.

  • <p>You will notice a lot of termite mounds at Karijini National Park. Please be careful of these impressive structures and do not touch them.</p> <p>The photo was taken of a termite mound in the park. The termite mound is a deep red colour and is tall and wide. The mound is rough with small holes created by the termites. The mound sits next to a tree with rough brown bark and long thin branches. Small bushy plants are growing on the ground, and there are numerous trees in the background, all with brown or white trunks and green leaves. There is a structure on the left of the mound that has light green poles and a light coloured roof. Another two (2) structures sit to the right of the mound. There have dark posts and dark coloured shade sales. The sky above is blue, and there are patches of white clouds. The sun is setting to the right of the image, creating a soft golden glow on the clouds.</p>
  • <p>A Mujira (Dingo) making its way across the red dirt.</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a dingo making its way across the red dirt. The dingo is walking towards the left of the image, and has one paw up as it walks. The dingo is brown/golden in colour, with a bushy tail and short ears. The dingo has black eyes and a black nose/snout. The red dirt is littered with small rough rocks, and some bushy green scrub can be seen in the distance.</p>
  • <p>A lizard resting on some rocks.</p> <p>This photograph was taken of a lizard resting on some rough deep red rocks. The lizard is a dark grey colour, with patches of white and yellow. It has a long thin body, with a long tail extending to the right of the photo. The lizard has a small black eye that appears to be looking at the camera. There are some patches of green weeds and plants growing around the lizard, as well as light grey tree stumps and sticks laying on the ground.</p>
  • <p>Bajiwanarra (Red Kangaroo). They are often seen exploring the park.</p> <p>This is a photo of a red kangaroo resting on the deep red dirt. The kangaroo is facing to the left of the image. It has long dark brown/grey ears and a small black eye and nose. The kangaroos arm, stomach and tale are a light cream colour. The tale is long and thick. Its body is a red/brown colour and it looks soft and fluffy. The kangaroo sits on the deep red dirt, which has a mixture of rocks, thin brown sticks and other brown natural debris.</p>
  • <p>Karijini National Park</p> <p>This photograph shows one of many gorges in Karijini National Park. The gorge walls are a deep red colour, with light coloured bushes covering the surface walls and top of the gorge. Trees with green leaves surround the area, and large red termite mounds can be seen poking out of the ground. A small pool of water can be seen at the bottom of the gorge, which is surrounded by green trees. The sun is shining on the gorge, creating a glow on the right side, with the left side of the gorge covered in shade. The bright blue sky can be seen above. There is a small patch of white fluffy clouds on the right.</p>
  • <p>The sun shines on the trees at Karijini National Park.</p> <p>This photo was taken of a eucalyptus tree at the park. The tree has a thick white trunk, with thin pointy branches. The tree has green leaves which glow in the sunset. The tree is surrounded by light coloured grass, and sits behind a bed of deep red rocks. There are other trees growing next to and behind the tree. These have thin brown trunks and green leaves. The sky above can be seen. The image has a yellow/golden glow due to the sun setting.</p>
  • <p>The beautiful landscape in Karijini National Park.</p> <p>This photograph was taken overlooking the landscape at Karijini National Park. In the centre of the image, there is a large tree with a thick white trunk. It has long windy branches and green leaves extending into the sky. The tree grows behind a small fence which has a thin black rope attahed to dark red wooden stumps. The tree is surrounded by patches of green and cream bushes, trees, red dirt and termite mounds. A mountain can be seen in the distance, and the cloudy white sky is seen above with a small streaky patch of blue</p>
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