Saturday, 30 May 2015

NT Road Trip 2015: Part 01

Days 1 and 2 -- Sale to Orroroo

Aimed to catch up with fellow 4WD travellers, Russell and Annette and their T-van, at Coward Springs on the Oodnadatta Track but I made good time on Day 1 and swagged o/night just north of Sea Lake at a Wikicamps site. Up with first light on Day 2 and caught up [passed actually, they were still ensconced in the caravan park at Ouyen when I went through about 7.30am] with them in Mildura. Sale had the cheapest diesel at $1.21/L. Mildura was $1.30.

On the way across to Renmark I spotted [not hard really] a sizeable mob of emus Dromaius novaehollandiae in a stubble field. Dad Emu does ALL the nursery work. Eventually groups of chicks can combine, up to 200 or more, with one dad looking after the whole lot! Oh Stripey [or should that be crikey!].

They were about 150 metres from the road when I first spotted them and by the time I was out of the car with camera in hand, they were walking further away from the fence. Some were running!

There are 30 emus in this image. All together there
were close to 100 in the mob [entourage of emu?]

Here is a photo of Eric[a]. [S]he has lived in a paddock on the corner of Warrigal Toms Road and the Boisdale-Newry Road for several years now. Other emus get in and out of the paddock but Eric must think he is a cow! Other groups of emus locally to Sale are to be found at Dutson Downs on the Golden Beach/Loch Sport Road. They are just as wary as their far-north-western counterparts.

Magic. f8 and be there.

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