Alice Springs and the Eyre Peninsula, S.A. HEADER : Zebra Finch
Total trip birds : 162
20/05/18 - Our last major stop was at the town of Wudinna on the Eyre Hwy, one of the towns to access the Gawler Ranges. Around the town are a number of rock formations with Wudinna Rock being the second largest monolith in Australia. Most of the rock formations were used to collect rainwater and were surrounded by rock walls to channel the water to dams. The Australian Farmer statue has different carvings on each side representing the diversity of the seasons and the farming community. We are now on the way home, arriving Tuesday.
18/05/18 - Leaving Port Lincoln, we headed west to Venus Bay for 3 nights exploring the surrounding area with a day trip to Streaky Bay via an impressive geological feature called Murphy's Haystacks.
11/05/18 - Since arriving at Port Lincoln we have a bit restricted with cold weather and rain at times but have still managed to visit the Lincoln and Coffin Bay N.P.s. The first group of photos are of Lincoln then Coffin Bay.
06/05/18 - We left Alice Springs on Tuesday, May 1st, making for the Eyre Peninsula. With overnight stops at Marla, Coober Pedy and Woomera, we arrived at Cowell, app. half way between Port Augusta and Port Lincoln , on Friday 4th. We have had a quiet 3 days, touring the local area (not the greatest scenery) and doing the usual bit of birding, as one does. Next stop Port Lincoln where we will base ourselves while we explore the Lincoln and Coffin Bay N.P.s.
29/04/18/ - On Friday, we went on a day trip to Palm Valley, a part of the Finke Gorge N.P. The area is noted as the only site in the N.T. that the Red Cabbage Palms, that give the valley its name, can be found. MacDonnell Range Cycads are also found here in abundance. You can see the many layers that make up the valley walls as the Finke River, when in flood, erodes the sandstone. The birds pictured are from around Alice Springs. We head south on Tuesday for the Eyre Peninsula S.A.
26/04/18 - We took a few days to cover the West MacDonnell Ranges and I have posted a selection of the many photos taken. Fauna is sparse but I have managed some variety. Today we toured the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, Friday we are off to Palm Valley for the day.
23/04/18 - Gorges and landscapes from the East MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs Desert Park.
22/04/18 - The weather has been quite warm but the lack of humidity has let us get out and about. We have toured the East MacDonnell Ranges this week and will do the west starting tomorrow. The photos below are a selection of the wildlife we have been seeing. I will post again in the next couple of days with the gorges and landscapes from the East MacDonnells.
19/04/18 - Arrived in Alice Springs on Tuesday after a long day behind the wheel and settled in for a quiet afternoon. Next day we visited the Olive Pink Gardens in Alice where we found the wildlife to be very accommodating amongst the plantings and the rocky boundaries. Birds were very quiet which was also the case at Trephina Gorge (East MacDonnell Ranges) today. The track we walked was classed as 'moderate', harder work than it used to be but well worth it.
16/04/18 - After a very quiet visit to the Arid Gardens we made our way to Coober Pedy where we took time to visit Kanku - Breakaway Ranges C.P. Spectacular colours and formations that are hard to portray fully with pictures, but I have tried. The 5,300 km dog fence runs through the park and, with most fences, animals seem to think that the other side is 'greener', even when there is no green. The last 3 pictures appear blurry before opening, but are O.K. when opened.
11/04/18 - Left home Monday 9th April for Alice Springs, first o'night at Dimboola, Vic. then north of Adelaide and on to Port Augusta for a 2 night stay. We have been battling strong head winds for 2 days with today exacerbated by severe dust storms, at one stage it was like driving through heavy fog. We will visit one of our favourite places, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden before continuing north.