This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.


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2004 Travels April 29

THURSDAY 29 APRIL     ESPERANCE

After breakfast, we went back to Lake Monjingup. This time, we spent over three hours there, wandering about, watching birds, trying to identify the varied bushes, and just generally enjoying the little oasis of wilderness.

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Lake Monjingup

We spotted a Western Spinebill, for the first time, and a Fan Tailed Cuckoo.

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Very symmetrical banksia

I was quite intrigued by an ant path that extended a long way, over soil and rock. I wondered how many zillion ant footsteps it had needed to make such a clear path? Amazing.

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Ant path with large ant mound in background

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Venerable banksia

The rest of the day, I read and John played computer games.


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2004 Travels April 27

TUESDAY 27 APRIL     ESPERANCE

In the morning, we went to bowls. The game was a new form of Scroungers (for us), and was good fun. That type of game allows individual scoring, and takes off the pressure to perform that goes with the usual team structures of games. It is much more social and light hearted.

Back at camp, after lunch, John did some computer stuff for the first part of the afternoon.

Then we drove the 14kms out to Lake Monjingup – a botanical reserve, with lakes and teeming bird life. It was a lovely spot. We walked about and did some bird spotting, and could have used more time out there. We’d left it a bit late in the day to do the place justice.

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Banksia