Saturday, August 30, 2014
Emus, Skink and Echidna at The Coorong, 22.Aug.2014
The Coorong National Park would be the farthest point from home in South Australia I have ventured out to, thus far. Inspired by Zuzana's road trip, we took the Friday off with John to visit the wetlands.
Two-thirds along the way, we stopped by the town of Meningie for a bite at a modest bakery.
We made it to the national park in under 2 hours. While at Parnka Point (of Coorong), the slightest evidence of wildlife would bring the car to an immediate halt and have us jumping out with our smartphones.
Everything is just so new -- and strange -- to us. How about this ancient-looking creature?
We were admiring the majestic emus going about their carefree wander and foraging, until I spotted a little black fleck in the distance moving across the path.
John and I made a sprint -- my farthest sprint ever and in heavy hiking boots, no less -- towards what we suspect to be an echidna. It was. To catch a sight of this spiky creature was worth huffing and puffing.
Going further south to Jack Point, we had hoped to see the pelican colony, but enjoyed the nice walk instead since binoculars would have been useful in watching the pelicans.
As an added bonus, on the return trip, we drove around Lake Albert and managed to fit ourselves onto the ferry across the lake.
And who knew that pelicans were just waiting for us? No binos needed.
That was quite a day and I wonder if it is going to be just as exciting the next time.