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Postcard from Noosa Heads

August 10th, 2010

It’s a hard life, but someone has to do it. Comfortable lodgings. Coffee on main beach. Air temperature between 21 and 23 degrees. Water temperature 20 degrees. Off shore wind. No stingers or stone fish. Gentle surf. Tempting enough to break out the wet suit, flippers and shark biscuit.

Winter must surely be over. Home soon.


Postcard from Airlie Beach

August 1st, 2010

Airlie Beach was probably a nice spot once, but now seems massively overdeveloped. I guess it’s popular as the kickoff point for the Whitsunday Islands. Still, there’s a nice view from our comfortable lodgings.

Swimming in the sea seems pretty dangerous up here. If the crocs don’t get you then the marine stingers will. And watch out for stone fish. So The Missus has taken up twitching, which is much less life-threatening. She has added some impressive birds to her lifetime list:

Jabiru (now the Black-necked Stork)
Lotus Bird (now the Jacana)
Great Bowerbird
Pheasant Coucal
Papuan Frogmouth
Shining Flycatcher
Grey Goshawk
Orange-footed Scrubfowl
Bush Stone Curlew
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Rufous Owl
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Forest Kingfisher
Red-backed Fairy-wren

And best of all the Spangled Drongo

Heading south now. We’re only 2500 kms from Flemington.