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Postcard from Airlie Beach

August 1st, 2010 0 comments

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.

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