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Ben Boyd NP

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We found a need to go to Merimbula on 3 July.  En route we called in to the Haycock Rd component of Ben Boyd National Park to explore a couple of walking tracks.  Basically excellent.
The first walkwas to the Pinnacles.  A 1km loop track.
The track begins in woodland and then comes out into heath where there was a fair bit of flowering going on.  The first seen was Hakea decurrens.
Acacia - possibly A. suavolens.
Persoonia levis.
A view of a distant island over the heath.
The Pinnacles.

A Pelican on the Pinnacles.
Towards the end of the loop efforts had been made to fell the pine trees.  Presumably the piles will be ignited at some point.

The start of the walk was not exactly wheelchair friendly.  Actually, judging by the way my legs feel this morning it wasn't old-fart friendly either.
Looking down on to Barmouth Beach from where the walk began.
Myoporum insulare (Common Boobialla)
The berries of the above.
The woodland was quite quiet but when wwe emerged into a tall heath, with lotsa Banksi…

6 degrees of Separation?

During the COVID isolation phase there seemed to be a fashion of people issuing challenges to delve into personal histories for a number of days to follow a theme.I’m not going to do a multi-day epic but instead will (after some preamble) write about links with 10 people with whom I have 1 or 2 degrees of separation.The idea of this is that it has been proposed that by following links of personal connections everyone is no more than 6 links from any other person in the world.There has been some research on this using Linkedln and Facebook suggesting that everyone on those systems is linked by chains averaging between 3 and 4 links.So just add another 2 links to get people who are fortunate enough not to be on those systems.Random individualsI decided to try a small experiment of my own by generating random latitudes and longitudes (through EXCEL) and speculating on how I could link to a random person close to that point (as shown on Google Earth).Lat -67 long 57 – somewhere in Antarct…

Eden not Perfect

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As will become evident the flaw we detected in Eden was not the presence of an apple tree but a deficiency!  It became apparent in the area where the track marked in this snip from eBird ends (the open circle).  We had gone to Eden to buy stuff we can't get easily in Mallacoota and decided to do a lap of Lake Curalo as a walk. The first problemo was that after setting off anticlockwise we found that some jobsworth had locked a gate into the caravan park.
So a back track of about 400 m and off clockwise.  Here is a view of the Lake, which turns out from Google Maps to be an anabranch of Palestine Creek,  A good bunch of Swans and Little Pied Cormorants.
The track was very pleasant with a good surface and nice vegetation.
There were some invasive weeds - this passionfruit was definitely, and unfortunately, prospering -
.. and the Banksia integrifolia was flowering well
Now we get to the interesting bit.  After about 3.5 km on the nice path it seemed to run out and get to an area where wad…

The shepherds will be happy!

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We think this red sky at night was a contender for best sunset we have seen here.  And there have been some other rippers!


I have included this one as the trees - about 3 km away - silhouetted against the sunset look a little like a fire.

Kayaking again

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We purchased a pair of Hobie Outback kayaks in about October last year.  We when for a couple of spins in them and then the weather got too windy; I got a dose of Shingles; recreational boating was banned etc etc.  So we haven't used them for a while.
But we were feeling fairly frisky today, the temperature was excellent and the wind light.  So we hitched the trailer on to the Pajero and headed for an informal boat ramp near Bucklands.  Apart from an outbreak of incompetence in fitting the seats (they are removed for transport as they are highly aerodynamic at at $700 a pop one doesn't want to lose them) it was a hoot.  
We pedalled up the Narrows to the entrance to Captains Creek and returned.  Google Earth reckons it was about 6.6km return. As you can see the weather was lovely.
There were quite a few fisherpersons around.  Some we recognised as locals,some were undoubtedly visitors.  They were by and large quite considerate in not generating huge wakes and the kayaks are reckon…

The original challenge

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I realise folk who don't do Facebook won't have seen the original set of pix so here they - and the text  - are.

Day 1 of the travel photo challenge after being nominated by Rob Ey. 10 days, 10 travel photos and and each day nominate someone to take up the challenge. My opening image is a Pit Viper from Sri Lanka. It doesn't have a tour guide in its jaws. 
Our first stop outside Colombo was in the Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve. One of the Big-ticket items here was the Serendib Scops Owl only discovered in about 2000. So at a known site we wandered off a road up into the jungle and peered for the owl, playing back its call a couple of times. Nothing. As we got back down to the road our guide Hettie pointed out this beautiful snake coiled up in a bush. That is the one in the photo.
Fast forward a few days and we were at Kithulgala which is famous for (1) being where the Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed; and (2) being a site for this Owl. Our first adventure this day was the 5 …