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#1 Bobj

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 06:30 PM

...9,000km return trip to the Keep River, Northern Territory for barramundi (32 barra and 5 mangrove jack) went fishing off the local rocks for mackerel...and caught a 97 cm (38inch) barra...

 

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 07:50 AM

Nice barra, Bobj

 

We had plenty of Barras up to about 80cm in the Ord River next door to the Keep (Norma pulled a huge one out of a sunken brushwood pile, only to have it come off the hook at the boatside -"over a metre", said our guide) but never got to fish the Keep

 

We did however hire a car and have a birding trip into Keep River National Park - and still have the video we took there of some dancing Brolga Cranes.  I remember also the Little Woodswallows (my favourite Aussie bird) and the Plumed Whistling Ducks we saw there, and Norma getting very excited when we located a pair of Black-tailed Treecreepers.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

...9,000km return trip to the Keep River, Northern Territory for barramundi (32 barra and 5 mangrove jack) went fishing off the local rocks for mackerel...and caught a 97 cm (38inch) barra...

 

It's weird how stuff like that happens: a couple of times I've spent the summer chasing Carp on the surface and the first autumn river trip for Barbel has resulted in a Carp.



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Posted 30 September 2017 - 06:28 PM

Nice barra, Bobj

 

We had plenty of Barras up to about 80cm in the Ord River next door to the Keep (Norma pulled a huge one out of a sunken brushwood pile, only to have it come off the hook at the boatside -"over a metre", said our guide) but never got to fish the Keep

 

We did however hire a car and have a birding trip into Keep River National Park - and still have the video we took there of some dancing Brolga Cranes.  I remember also the Little Woodswallows (my favourite Aussie bird) and the Plumed Whistling Ducks we saw there, and Norma getting very excited when we located a pair of Black-tailed Treecreepers.

 

Almost opposite the entrance to the Keep River Nat. Park is an area set aside for one of the world's most beautiful finches, the gouldian finch. Also, the Nat. Parks has set an area to the north east for future development.

Incidentally, when I lived in Kununurra, we used to set our garden taps dripping into shallow bowls so the gouldians could get water, that was during the months of Octember and Nocember...





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Posted 30 September 2017 - 07:33 PM

Almost opposite the entrance to the Keep River Nat. Park is an area set aside for one of the world's most beautiful finches, the gouldian finch

Incidentally, when I lived in Kununurra, we used to set our garden taps dripping into shallow bowls so the gouldians could get water, that was during the months of Octember and Nocember...

Wish we'd known that - we picked up Crimson, Long-tailed, Masked, Double-barred and Star finches - but saw no Gouldians - and we were there in a November




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Posted 03 October 2017 - 08:17 PM

Wish we'd known that - we picked up Crimson, Long-tailed, Masked, Double-barred and Star finches - but saw no Gouldians - and we were there in a November

Reading that reminded me of an incident during my time working with the Main Roads Dept. in the East Kimberley area about 1970

It was at Parry Creek Lagoons Wildlife  Refuge area, on the way to Wyndham. I had to view an old gravel pit for possible future work  and had to cross the Refuge. On the way is a small hill and, in a corner was a small camp that had 4 large bird cages full of rare finches, possibly about 100 birds, mainly star finches and blood finches with some zebra finches...I pulled up in the WA Govt. car and let the birds go. No-one was about and I doubt if anyone would have done anything in a wildlife and with a Govt car had they seen me freeing the birds...





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