Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Kalbarri, at the mouth of the Murchison

The Murchison River is supposedly 850 kms long (510 miles), the second largest river in Australia after the Murray-Darling. I say supposedly, because...well, in common with many Australian rivers, much of it is dry riverbed more often than not.
The river's entrance can be as calm as a puddle, but more often, it's a swirling, breaker-washed patch of water that demands a Z-shaped route through jagged rocks.



Here, you can see the rocks clawing out into the entrance; unfortunately you can't see the humpbacked whale that was repeatedly breeching and whacking its tail right there. (Damn digital cameras that click after the action is over...)
Further upstream, life is calmer, with pelicans and Black-fronted Dotterels and Red-capped Plovers resting on a sandbar...
...while above, people picnic at the foot of Tumblagooda Hill. Tumblagooda Sandstone -- 400 to 500m years old --gives it that red colour.

  Kalbarri and the Murchison at dusk.



And wow, it was a place of incredible sunsets.
And windswept shores.













We all had our hobbies to pursue, like me with my birding. Spot the cuckoo (photo, left)

A Pallid Cuckoo
Husband with 
his fishing.

3 comments:

Jo said...

Lovely pictures Glenda, looks a delightful place. Does the cuckoo call cuckoo like the English one? We were invaded by American cuckoos once, for a few hours, and they certainly didn't have that call.

Glenda Larke said...

No, they have a different call. The cuckoo family is huge, and as far as I know there is only one that actually goes "Cuck-oo"!

Malays call one of our Malaysian ones "the bird that lost its child" because it sounds so plaintive.

Helen V. said...

Your photos bring back many happy memories. We spent our honeymoon at Kalbarri and have been back since too. It's a lovely place.