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.