Two Yanks Downunder

A blog about the experiences of two Americans on their first visit to the fabulous continent of Australia

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

No Scrub Bird in the Bush

Continuation of Two People's Bay

When we arrived at the Nature Reserve after driving over miles of isolated roads (seeing only the Goa in the road) we discovered an unlocked building with exhibits on the noisy scrub bird (complete with recordings of the call and descriptions of other wildlife). Then we walked across a sunny trail and found a bench in the shade. Mom sat on the bench and sketched while Wendy hiked the heritage trail. The rare Noisy Scrub bird was reputed to dwell in this area. While Wendy was hiking, Mom saw a rodent that might have been the rare marsupial of the area. I did not see anything exciting on my hike which was sunny and not as well protected by trees as some other trails. Mostly what I saw was swarms of June bugs. The trail led around to the beach eventually and so I was able to loop back to Mom at the end of the walk.

Some of the landscape was very impressive,

including this dark tunnel of trees on the way to the beach.

The beach was lovely, but I was disappointed to see no bird life and although I had seen a dark-headed grey bird that was not a honey eater dart across the road, neither of us will ever know if what we saw were any of the unusual animals we were searching for (and we guess they probably weren't). There were lots of leaves on the beach too that were helping to cover marshy spots. (Probably they had been put there by CALM the office of Conservation and Land Management, i.e. the National Park People).

The trees are just so different here and I can not really explain how and why, but I do seem to photograph them a lot in an attempt to figure it out!

The best part of the trip was that when we were leaving, we saw this guy scooting across the road.

He was the first (and only living snake we have seen in Australia).

We headed back to the Albany visitor's center where we waited a long time in line to book a "chalet" in the Porongorups. Then we went to the local IGA (grocery) and purchased some dinner fixings before heading to our cabin in the mountains.

It will come as no surprise to anyone that reads this blog that we got lost and drove right past our accomodations (in daylight no less) and so had to turn around - thus arriving after dark. We had a cabin next to a grandmother whom we were told was quite deaf and although we did not see her, we certainly did enjoy her garden in the back. Here is a shot of it at sunrise

The quality of the light was amazing. There were sheep in the meadow behind us and a gorgeous view of the Stirling range and it was the perfect location for our exploration of the Porongorups the next (and last) day of our trip.


At 12:13 PM, Anonymous min said...

The pictures are great. I'm anxious to see the sketches. Bring me one of them lizards.

At 11:02 PM, Blogger Wendy and/or Don said...

Them lizards has blue tongues. You don't want one.


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