|Along Victoria Highway|
This is a pleasant enough place with a bar and good burgers. More importantly, it is located amid some splendid scenery, with sandstone cliffs glowing in the late afternoon sun lining the Victoria River. Barking Owls again serenaded us during the night.
Early the next morning, I checked out dense cane grass in the vicinity of the boat ramp, just west of the camping ground, and located several parties of Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, managing a snap of sorts of a male in dim light.
We continued west through some fine-looking countryside, with steep sandstone ridges rising above the sprawling savannah plains. Birds along the way included Masked Finch, Black-tailed Treecreeper and plenty of Diamond Doves. At the Western Australian border, we were forced by border control to part with our supply of fruit and vegetables; WA apparently is trying to remain fruit fly-free.
We arrived at Kununurra for a three-night stay at the Lakeside Tourist Park. Our camp overlooked the lovely Lily Pond Lagoon, park of Lake Kununurra. A smattering of Freshwater Crocodiles of various size could be seen from our camp.
The door to the amenities block was adorned with a sign warning the door to be shut to keep cane toads - recent arrivals in the town - out of the showers. The Western Australians will eventually get used to these pests (and I expect it will not be long before the crocodiles are all gone).
Our first morning saw us out on the Ivenhoe Road, just west of town. There was plenty of dense grass by the roadside and in the vicinity of irrigation ditches, where Star Finch proved to be common.
Long-tailed, Crimson and Double-banded Finches were also about.
A pair of Bustards was feeding in an irrigated field, while Red-backed Kingfishers perched on overhead wires.
Near the Discovery Tourist Park on the shore of Lake Kununurra, I called up a nice Buff-sided Robin in a small patch of dense monsoon scrub.