Coober Pedy has to be the most devastated but fascinating of towns in Australia.
Having driven for hours over the gibber I was not expecting to see wildlife, but the first bird I noticed seemed totally out of place. A tern, miles from the sea!
I have put this one down as a Whiskered Tern, non-breeding Chlidonias hybrida .
Then a kingfisher! Miles from water. I was too far away for species ID, but it was probably a red-backed which does follow inland water courses.
Zebra finches and….
galahs were easy to see
especially early in the day.
A day drive to the Breakaways, due east of Coober was not to be missed.
Views from the top of the escarpment looks down to Moon Plain, a place where Woma pythons hunt Gile’s Planigales in the clay cracks. Woma, a beautiful creature, have deceased in population by 50% in the last 10 years and now on the IUCN red list as critically endangered.
Nankeen Kestrel however were in large numbers, they use dis-used mine shafts for roosting and breeding.
This one was riding the updaught with his mates for hours while I walked the clifftop.
Only a few hundred more kilometers and I would be in APY Lands.