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We’re off tomorrow on a road trip, just me, my American travelling companion (henceforth to be referred to as TC) driving a 9 year old Holden Viva called Veronica.

For the next week and a half, I hope to bring you regular briefings on our notes and observations. The route will remain a close-kept secret to all but the driver to avoid accusations of getting us lost.

In the meantime, we broke TC in to some Australian cultural experiences with a couple of nights on Stradbroke Island. A State of Origin football match at the Bowls Club was a curiosity, but not nearly as big a hit as the natural wonders of the island. Here are a few highlights.

Early morning Ibis – Adder Rock beach

early morning ibis - Adder Rock Beach - Stradbroke Island - 2 June 2016

Eastern Osprey – Adder Rock

Eastern Osprey c - Adder Rock - Stradbroke Island - 2 Jun 2016Eastern Osprey - Adder Rock - Stradbroke Island - 2 June 2016 - b

Kangaroo and dunes south of Main Beach

Main Beach - rainy day - 3 June 2016 - Stradbroke island

Roo on sand dune - Main Beach - Stradbroke Island - 2 June 2016

Sooty Oyster-Catchers – Main Beach

Oyster catchers - Main Beach - Stradbroke Island - 3 June 2016

Myora Springs at low tide. No place demonstrates the value and beauty of mangroves as this one.

Myora Springs - 3 June 2016Myora Springs - low tide - 3 June 2016Myora Springs 2 - 3 June 2016Myora Springs 1 - 3 June 2016

 

Just over an hour’s flight from Colombo is Male, the capital of the Republic of Maldives. We’re spending a couple of days on Meeru Island before heading home on Sunday with a short stopover (connections willing) in Singapore, then the night flight home.

After the hectic lively pace of Colombo, Meeru Island is all about bare feet and chilling out.

Feeling very fortunate on a multitude of levels.

Horizontal - Meeru Island Crab - Meeru Island  Heron on Meeru IslandMeeru Island palms

This young magpie and his mother are regular visitors to our back yard. While I was hunting for new spiders this morning, they descended onto the fence. I lifted the camera to take a quick shot of the two of them, when  ……. Young magpie and mother - 2 March 2015- watermarked

We took a short visit out to the Port of Brisbane on Monday to check out the activity at this roosting site. The cast of birds included sooty oyster catchers, pelicans, pied cormorants, stilts, egrets, ducks and an unidentified kite of some sort.

There are two hides at this location. Visitors need to head to the Port of Brisbane office nearby to collect a key to gain access to the area. After returning the key, we took the lift to the Observation Cafe for some coffee and apple pie that came with a great view of the mangroves and St Helena Island in Moreton Bay.

Port of Brisbane wetlands - 23 Feb 2015Port of Brisbane - pelicans and cormorantspelicans - Port of BrisbaneSt Helena Island, Moreton Bay - Feb 2015