Chasing the Barra.....
17.09.2016 - 20.09.2016 40 °C
Off the Gibb River Road, we travelled into Kununurra, spent 3 nights at Hidden Valley caravan park next to the Mirima National Park. A great swimming pool (by now, you have the idea that it was pretty hot!!), shady camp site and a new township to explore. On the way home to camp on our first evening, a bird flew down on to the front of our car, got caught between the bull bar and headlight before falling to ground. Steve slowed quickly and we pulled over to find the tawny frogmouth lying still in the gutter - alive but stunned. Well anyone who knows Megan would imagine how quickly she moved! We wrapped the bird in a towel and sought the after hours vet service to make a delivery. Megan looked like a kid gripping a prized Christmas present, sitting in the back seat nursing the towel:-). What a great moment - unwrapping this beautiful creature to hand him over to the vet. By now he was alert, looking a bit pensive and trying to spread his wings. The vet said she'd check him out - focusing on wings and talons - to ensure he was OK. Then he'd spend a night in a quiet captivity before being released. A drop in to the Vet Centre a couple of days later confirmed that all was good and he was back where he belonged.
Kununurra gave Steve and Rory the chance to attempt to lure the mighty barra! A few trips out to Ivanhoe crossing to join the locals in casting a line. Caught a few snags - but alas no Barra. Sooty grunters were a consolation though - cooked over the BBQ in foil by a Hollowood team who have little idea about cooking fish. Rory took charge of the whole affair and dinner was served. Fishing at the crossing was an experience for all - scanning waters for salties - no sightings but the knowledge that this is croc country had us a little on alert. Looking around, you see local indigenous families cooling off in the waterways - still quietly suspicious of the surrounding waters though. Kununurra also offered the 'best mango smoothies in Australia' so how could we resist a visit to Ivanhoe cafe. Mind you, the mango icecream was also rather special. We had two more areas we wanted to visit before heading south to the Bungle Bungles - Lake Argyle and Wyndham. Wyndham would be our last chance to chase the Barra.......so on we went, with a new UHF antenna in place, looking forward to our next adventure at Lake Argyle.