|Stumpy Tailed Lizzard|
While driving this morning we saw three Stumpy Tailed Lizards which actually belong to the Blue Tongue Lizard family. Sometimes they are called Shingle Back Lizards. We have recognised a variety of birds...namely Pelicans, Whistling Kites, Red Rumped Parrots, Blue Bonnet Parrots, Shellduck and have heard the strong whistle from a Butcher Bird. After some discussion we are now able to tell the difference between a Willy Wagtail and a Restless Flycatcher. They were in the same Redgum tree together so a comparison was made easier.
|Memorial Stone in remembrance of Margaret Craigie|
The short walk to the remnants of Cragg's Hut was worthwhile because the track took us up to the grave of Margaret Craigie. The path went through the Mallee trees and over sandy country. The Craigie family settled the area during the 1850s. John Craigie left for the Goldfields after a succession of unsuccessful seasons farming animals and trying to grow crops. Margaret stayed in the area with their five children. What a brave lady. One assett must surely have been the nearby Katarapko Creek. There seems to be some confusion as to the correct spelling of the family name. Some sign boards state it as Cragg and yet on this grave stone the name is spelt Craigie. I think they may have been known by both 'spellings /pronunciations!
|Eucalyptus Largiflorens or Black Box in bloom|
The day has been quite warm in the mid 20degrees. The evening has cooled with a weather change. This will be our 2nd night here but we will move back into Victoria tomorrow.