Magnificent Menindee

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
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Trip End Oct 27, 2012


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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Menindee Lakes Day 3

We were up at the crack of dawn this morning at 4.50am. (We were in bed by 8pm last night). Packed up the van & were on the road by 6.04am.

The road to Menindee was the longest, straightest road I’ve ever been on, it took us about 3hrs to the turn off. You may think this would have been boring but we saw so much wildlife it kept us alert, on the lookout. The 1st lot of wildlife we spotted were a couple of Kangaroos. We saw hundreds of goats everywhere. Then we saw our 1st emu. There were plenty of birds along the way also. Galahs, cockatoos, kites, pretty green grass parrots & many others. Unfortunately for the first lot of animals my brain was too slow to get from my head to my trigger finger, to take photos. But soon I woke up enough to manage a few, we even saw a wild cat.

We arrived at Wilcannia around 9am. (filled up with petrol). This place looked like a ghost town. All the buildings were timbered up. The streets were empty but it looked like it once was a lovely town. Some of the buildings had beautiful architecture. After filling with Petrol $80.00, it was a whopping $1.729 a litre, we went around the corner to see a BP a lot cheaper. (Thems’ the breaks) It was then onto a dirt road heading towards Menindee. (160km of dirt road.) The area was mainly flat. Somewhere along the dirt road our caravan plug for our electricals loosened & broke off so we were without tail lights. (Luckily at Menindee we could purchase a new one at the petrol station. Inside the caravan the light had shook loose & the light cover fell off. We had a lovely layer of red dust over everything. Apart from that all good.)

About an hour up the dirt road I got really excited, I yelled at Jay to stop which is a bit difficult doing 100km/h on dirt  but he eventually pulled up. I told him he had to turn the caravan around I spotted another Shingle Back lizard on the side of the road. We all got out & took photos. Jay decided to try to pat it, which of course he didn’t like, the Shingle Back opened his mouth wide showing his anger. We took heaps of photos but thought we better let him be on his way. Further up the road we spotted a fox darting across the road. Another 2 shingle back lizards were spotted on the road a male & a female which I also made Jay turn around. In my haste I almost fell out of the car before it stopped completely, my camera bag nearly fell out. I must remember not to get so overexcited.
 
The next thing we saw was 6 emus in a field. So another photo stop. These roads may be extremely long but they're definitely not boring.

We arrived in the township of Menindee & met up with mum & dad, George & Phyllis, Ian & Dianne. Then after all the kisses & a quick catch up we headed towards Menindee Lakes. We found a beautiful spot right next to the river & set up our caravans. Only 2m to the water front.

We spent the afternoon relaxing. Jay fished catching a couple of big carp.(BOO). I took photos of  many different birds around the lake.

This area is abundant with birds. Seagulls, Pelicans, storks, green parrots I think I also spotted a flock of budgies flying past but they were too quick. Plenty of others too which I don’t know the name of.

I then prepared some crumbed chicken & pasta for tea while we awaited for the sun to set. This area is a photographers paradise. The sun sets behind the lake leaving the dead trees in the water a lovely silhouette. After the sun was  set I took some more photos of the stars.
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