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Trip Report Visit to Central Australia

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We flew out of Cairns heading for Alice Springs. Then we flew back into Cairns. A minor problem with one of the generators but one that could not easily be rectified in the Alice so a return to Cairns was the economical thing for the airline. Thus we were late flying in. I grabbed a vehicle while Maria bought groceries for four days and we hit the road. The people at Central Car Hire (08 8952 0098) were not only friendly but had equipped the car with a second spare, knowing that we were heading into remote country. The diesel vehicle came fitted with long range and an extra fuel tank, giving us a huge range. They also had water available if Maria was not already making that a priority. One can survive without food but not without water.

As it turned out in was the abundance of water which was our greatest threat.

I was heading into the desert to work with the kids from Murputja Anangu School. Their teacher, David Hartland had inspired them with bird watching. This visit was in return for their visiting me in the rainforests and swamps of north Queensland. I had volunteered my time when I knew these kids were looking for somewhere to bird watch and spotlight. We all had a great time and I was not only asked to visit and work with the kids in their country but the school was willing to pay for my services.

Maria was attending a conference of the Continence Foundation of Australia.

Erldunda was our first night's stop. The room was spacious but the security lights outside proved a problem until Maria came to the rescue with some clothes pegs. We never travel without them. They prove useful for holding all sorts of things closed.

Frogs were calling loudly from the little waterhole across the road but proved very elusive. A bird walk in the morning turned up many species including pairs of Mulga Parrots which had been described to me the evening before as “Golden Shouldered Parrot.” Those are now rare in their restricted range on Cape York Peninsula.

Next:- our time at Murputja

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