Cock­a­too makes trip worth it

The Morning Bulletin - - LIFE - KEITH IRE­LAND

WE HAD been through a pe­riod of very hot dry weather.

How­ever in the pre­vi­ous week to the time I am writ­ing about, heavy rain had drenched the whole area.

The sun then came back with a vengeance for a cou­ple of days.

An old mate of mine rang me that night to tell me that he had gone for drive down be­side the river check­ing out the area for good fish­ing spots.

Ap­par­ently it was a favourite place for fish­er­men who had been us­ing the rough road for some time and my mate had just found out about it.

The rea­son he had rung me was that he had seen a num­ber of groups of dif­fer­ent birds and he thought I might be in­ter­ested.

He gave me spe­cific di­rec­tions to places where he had seen the birds, even re­mem­ber­ing most of the names.

It sounded too good not to check it out for my­self.

The fol­low­ing day, I headed off feel­ing that this drive could be well worth it.

I be­gan to have some doubts as I came to pud­dles of wa­ter across the road.

The fur­ther I went, the road be­came quite boggy in places and slip­pery to drive on but as it was so nar­row, I had no way of turn­ing round.

For­tu­nately a side­track ap­peared just ahead.

I turned in to it, backed around and with a few for­ward and back­ward move­ments, be­gan head­ing home­ward again.

As I came closer to a stretch of wa­ter across the track, I saw a sul­phur-crested cock­a­too hav­ing a drink at the side.

I stopped the car, and not want­ing to step out into the mud, opened the win­dow and took a few shots of it be­fore it flew up into the trees.

At least I had some­thing to show for my trip that day.

Photo: Keith Ire­land

IN THE WILD: A shy sul­phur-crested cock­a­too had been tak­ing a drink be­fore fly­ing up into the trees.

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