We crossed over the South Aus-Victoria border at night, passing through yet another fruit quarantine (Australian Travelling Rule #247: If you buy apples in Australia, be sure to eat them all before leaving the parking area as someone is bound to quarantine them within the next 45 minutes).
We were still high on our Malleefowl experience and relieved that we wouldn't have to do any massive side-trips to keeping trying for them. Today we had two principle targets: Striated Grasswren (which we tried so hard for at Gluepot), and the critically endangered Mallee Emu-Wren--which is limited to a few small patches of spinifex clumps in NW Victoria. Thanks to habitat destruction from humans and wildfires, this poor flier may become extinct within the next decade. That all boils down to "a bird we better see."
|Our typical camping set-up. Me in the tent with the two Fins crashing in the car. Here we are at a known 'MEW' location in Victoria. Once again, Jukka and I rose early and started zig-zagging through the spinifex.|
|We made it to the coast just before sunset, and enjoyed a pleasant walk around a nice lagoon in Portland, Victoria. Turns out this is a great spot for KOALAS! We saw no less than 4 on the walk.|
|Being a narrow, winding road popular with American and Japanese tourists, there are plenty of signs reminding us to DRIVE ON LEFT.|
|Also at Werribee: My lifer MARSH SANDPIPER. |
[Photo: Jukka Jantunen]