|Emmdale Roadhouse - Time to Relax|
|Emmdale - Sunset over the mulga.|
|Emu - in abundance around here|
For our only full day here, it rained continuously, and often heavily; this was the first time on the trip that we were confined to our camper trailer for the day by rain. Brief forays about during rain spells turned up Chesnut-rumped Thornbill and Mulga Parrot but not much else; Yellow-throated Miner, Apostlebird and White-winged Chough were common.
We headed east to Cobar, seeing Spotted
Bowerbird there while we lunched.
We had planned to camp in Gundabooka National
Park for a three-night stay but the rains closed all roads, so we threw darts at a map
and ended up at the Four Mile Campground, just outside Brewarrina. We were on the banks of the Barwon River here, so very nice, and free camping. Large flocks of
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo were along the river.
Birds on the floodplains and in surrounding scrubs included Red-rumped Parrot, Brown Treeecreeper, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Restless Flycatcher, White-winged Triller and 4 species of woodswallow - White-breasted, Black-faced, Masked and White-browed. Night birds calling were Southern Boobook, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Tawny Frogmouth and Eastern Barn Owl. Kathy saw a single Pink Cockatoo along the river. Also of interest were a couple of Pale-headed Rosellas - I would have thought well outside their range limit.
We had a morning checking out some roadside woodlands around Brewarrina. Birds included Red-winged Parrot, Red-capped Robin, Cockatiel, Blue Bonnet, Pallid Cuckoo, Chesnut-rumped Thornbill and White-winged Fairy-wren. A few Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-capped Plovers were on a small irrigation dam.
|Emmdale - Joys of camping in the rain|
|Red-tailed Black Cockatoo|
|Barwon River - from our camp near Brewarrina|