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in our wake

This is the last post in the “on the road” category until we set off on the next trip on the menu – time and destination at this point unknown.  (Please note – the blog will continue on other themes as usual).

As I watched the wake at the end of today’s boat trip, I started to reflect on what will be stored in the memory bank.  Not in any particular order, here’s a selection for deposit.

bloody van 1

resilience

moon on Wolfe Creek Crater

big skies

on top of the dune - Big Red

big dunes

Lizard Racing Track

bush entertainment

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country pubs

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tides writ large from the air

deck chairs - Broome's outdoor cinema

outdoor cinema

road train on the Tanami

road trains

Freckleton's

small towns

Bitter Springs reflection 1

swimming holes

Closed sign - Fran's Teahouse

care-free attitudes

Old Derby gaol

history

Wyndham - Rusty Shed Cafe

good coffee in out-of-the-way places

Chambers Pillar 1

tall features in the desert

1 August wildflower

wildflowers

Blanche Cup

surprises

Giekie Gorge afternoon 1

gorges

Matso's Brewery

alcoholic ginger beer at Matso’s

fishing beach - Cape Leveque

white sand beaches

Freshie - Lake Argyle

wildlife

1 Aug - behind Little Merten Falls

waterfalls

Kati Thandi - Lake Eyre sunset

sunsets

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eating out

1 Aug - ripped tyre

evidence of road conditions

fresh tracks

over 17,000 kilometres

Flight 3

awesome aerial views

blue winged kookaburra water colour and pencil

bird life

Five Rivers Lookout 1

big landscapes

Purnululu fire place

campfire conversations

At around 5.45 pm, this is how it looked, headlights shining, as we searched for our destination using the GPS. Our position on the map hovered over blank space with the flag point moving closer and sometimes further away.

night arrival - Parry Creek Farm

All’s well that ends well and we were soon enjoying the company of Anne and Terry (owners of Parry Creek Farm just south of Wyndham), their staff and two other guests over a roast lamb dinner.

The other guests were, like us, there for the bird life, except that Mike and Elizabeth Fidler have an obsession (Mike’s word) with one particular bird, the Gouldian Finch.  You can read more about their work and the Save the Gouldian Fund here.

You have to be up very very early to catch the Gouldian Finch at a few select watering holes.  I didn’t make a siting, despite a 5.30 am start, but did manage to capture photographs of a few of the species around Parry Creek and at Marlgu Billabong from its excellent hide facility.  Featured feathered friends include Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Australian Pelicans, Egrets, Herons, ducks, a wren ? and a pigeon thrown in for good measure.  To reduce the number of question marks, I have since purchased this reference book. Does this mean I’m on the way to becoming a fully fledged twitcher?

Slater Field Guide

look over there! - Magpie Geese - Parry Creek Farm

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egret - billabong

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Marlgu Billabong was our first siting of a salt water crocodile in the wild on this trip.  He wasn’t close so the photographic evidence isn’t the best quality.

brolga and croc

… and Red-tailed Black Cockatoos and Freshwater Crocodiles at Giekie Gorge, just out of the town of Fitzroy Crossing.  The pics of the fauna are a little scratchy mainly due to the large amount of glare on the water mid-afternoon. Just wasn’t catching the critters well from a long distance today.

I had a little better luck with the gorge shapes and colours though.

We were hoping to do the morning boat ride up the Fitzroy River but fate got in the way. The car was serviced in Broome yesterday morning, so when we woke this morning we didn’t expect it to have disgorged most of its oil. Never a good look when you’re using caravan park property and the car needs to get to the garage quickly over their driveways.

It seems that the washer attached to the old oil filter remained in the car when the new oil filter with its own washer was fitted. The service company covered the costs of today’s repair but we lost a little time and some embarrassment was caused.

The big news is that the compass on the car is mostly pointing eastward. It will be good to be home in a few week’s time, albeit briefly. I have a trip to Georgia in the US in the first week of October of which you will hear more as and when that happens.

Tonight, it’s casual dining in the bar. I hope we don’t need to don disguises.

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Yesterday we were pretty much convinced that the wind would knot (sic) allow us to get out on a boat to see the outgoing tidal action in King Sound and over Talon Reef. Happily, a short window in the weather opened up and we were able to witness the incredible forces of these 6 hourly tides. It was late in the afternoon and the tides were going out.

After a couple of smoky days, this salt water spray and sunset interlude full of giant whirlpools and waterfalls in the ocean was a great way to complete our visit to Cape Leveque. That, and the dinner we enjoyed afterwards.

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