We left Port Fairy heading in land again to dodge some cold rainy weather to Naracoorte to see a fossil cave we heard about while in Winton QLD. We drove through the Coonawarra region full of dark grape vines and cellar doors and funny little towns with names like Digby, Merino and Hotspur. M
On the way we got side tracked when we read about the Bool Lagoon Reserve. It is a wetlands area of international importance or so they say. As it is the end of summer there was not the 150 species of birds they say is there as there was not much water. It still had a heap of birds and was a beautiful place to spend a day and a night. It sounded like kakadu does, as it was full of magpie geese among many other water birds. The geese if anyone knows them, honk all day and night, so it sounded like there was a party going on in the lagoon all night. The night bugs were amazing to the point that we had a rare night of cooking inside. Didn’t even walk to the nice flushing loos in fear of coming back in with 20,000 tiny bugs. Steve delights in using the Dyson hand held vacuum to suck up bugs on the wing. Very effective Mr Dyson! M
When I was in Longreach QLD I bought an RMWilliams magazine and read an article about rural museums. One in particular that stood out talked about a farmer/wildlike lover named jack Bourne who’s hobby was birds and in particular stuffing any he found as road kill, electrocuted on power lines or people brought him that didn’t make it. He gave them a new lease of life. By the time he was in his 70’s he had hundreds of different specimens and people kept asking to see them, so he started a museum. As it happened, we were 20min away from this museum as this farmer lived near Bool Lagoon. So, we stopped in to see it. His daughter Marion was now running the museum, which was a purpose built room near the main farmhouse where she grew up that borders the Lagoon. The farm is a working sheep and cattle station. Marion invited us to a rural farm show the following weekend, so we will go to that. We were even invited to watch sheep crutching the next day. Love the country hospitality. It is so nice not having plans and being able to have a chat with someone and decide what you will do next on the spot. It’s the life of the gypsy and feels really good! M
Jack Bourne said it started as a hobby that got out of control. He said people called him many things but mostly the “Bool Lagoon bird stuffer”. The museum had more than just birds. There were other animals specimens, eggs etc. Thank you Jack!
The best thing about this museum is the birds can’t fly away. You could have a good look at them, unlike in nature.