Home to Daintree for the season

Another month has gone, and a very warm and dry month in Daintree.
We snuck away for the second half of the ‘new-life 3 months off each year’ for a little road trip around Vic and SA in our little‘hippy van’ camper which we seriously loved! Compared to our little tent it is paradise!

 

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Started from Melbourne, through the Grampians then along the Murray River to the Clare Valley for wine and Mt Remarkable for some hiking, before making our way to Port Augusta and down to the Eyre Peninsular. The Arid Lands Botanic Garden is wonderful in Augusta with great plants supporting good populations of central Australian birds. Several newies for us.

 

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On to the Eyre Peninsular ending with friends in Coffin Bay – home to Australia’s best oysters, King George Whiting, Salmon fishing, shark attacks and wild seas. Back to Clare for more wine and finishing in a pet city of ours – Adelaide.  A great little break and a great taste of campervan travel, which we have fallen in love with!

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Back home and into it for the year. Oh dear!! Thanks to our dear friends for looking after Red Mill for us so well.
Busy, busy with guests and catching up with chores, plus organising Birdfair in the UK again this year.

On the birding front in Daintree – – great views of Cassowary around Jindalba Boardwalk, Papuan Frogmouth on the Daintree River, Double-eyed Fig-Parrot at Red Mill House, White-winged Triller on Stewart Creek Rd, with Pied Monarch and Boatbill at the end of the same. Rajah Shelducks still raising a family on the river and the pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles seem to have finally got rid of their youngster.

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Noisy Kookaburras wake us in the morning and Bush Stone Curlews put us to sleep at night. Doesn’t get much better than that!!

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