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