If you've ever been on the Princes Highway going through the Coorong in South Australia, you'll know that it's not the most exciting of places. Yeah sure, it's an internationally important wetland and it's chokka block full of cultural history and birds, but to just drive though it? That's as boring as bat shit, my friends. You have to be able to stop and have a wander around because staring at road and salt bush for 100kms is enough to kill off what's left of anybody's brain cells. And so it was that we found ourselves at a place called Salt Creek, faffing about on Pipe Clay Lake.
What we thought would be a quick loo and stretch break turned out to be an interesting 20 minute wander on the lake bed, crunching over the salty bits and not slipping on the still-a-bit-squelchy bits. Apparently this is a breeding ground for brolga and a 'sanctuary for fish'. Doesn't look too much like a sanctuary at the moment! The brolgas had clearly nicked off; even the emus had scarpered, leaving only a trail of footprints. Unless it was a brolga wearing emu shoes. Critters can be sneaky, you know.