We awake to yet another very windy day. A Pheasant Coucal is calling near
by and a Diamond Dove is sighted in a dead tree near camp. No sign of water
around but presumably not too far away. This morning we manage to get good views
of a more obliging Spinfexbird, this bird being a more greyish-brown in colour.
Two others are seen as well.
We travel through some excellent habitat of Desert Walnuts, Ironwoods,
Grevillea Refracta, Acacia Tumida, Grevillea Wickhamii, Grevillea Erystacha,
Grev Minisoides, and Grev Pyramdalis. (No doubt heaps of spelling mistakes in
that lot!) Unfortunately the wind
is so strong it ids just not worth stopping. Another two Red Kangaroos are
At 11.15 A.M. we hit the Great Northern Highway with mixed emotions. It
is with relief and a great deal of satisfaction that we have had a successful
incident free trip, but sadness that it was all coming to an end. We thought
about refuelling and heading back the other way, but something to do with family
and commitments meant heading home. A sign of modern society reminded us only
too well in the presence of a dead Barn Owl beside the highway where we came
out. About 45 kms up the road we refuelled at Sandfire Roadhouse in amongst
caravans and tourist buses etc. and we couldn?t wait to get out and have lunch
somewhere peaceful and quiet.
We headed to Eighty Mile Beach where we lunched on the beach.
Unfortunately the tide was low and many of the waders were in the distance but
managed to see a few species we hadn?t seen for a couple of weeks. A couple of
immature Black-breasted Buzzards were seen just inland from the beach. On our
way back to Broome we stopped and watched A Spotted Harrier and two Hobbies
trying to catch a Singing Bushlark. Also whilst travelling a Western Brown Snake
crossed the road and more Red Kangaroos and Agile Wallabies were seen. Arrived
back in Broome at 5.30 P.M. 47 species for the day.
Greater Sand Plover
Lesser Crested Tern
One more day around Broome to follow