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Lunch i Varangerbotn

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6/3: Transport Kirkenes – Båtsfjord. Lunch på restaurang längs vägen i Varangerbotn. Middag på kvällen i Båtsfjord. Nigh at Polar Hotel

7/3: Frukost, lunch och middag på hotellet i Båtsfjord. Nigh at Polar Hotel

8/3: Frukost, lunch och middag på hotellet i Båtsfjord. Nigh at Polar Hotel

9/3: Frukost i Båtsfjord. Något att äta på hotellet (typ andrafrukost) efter gömslesessionen. Sedan transport Båtsfjord till Melkefoss i Pasviksdalen, lunch på restaurang i Varangerbotn längs vägen. Middag på kvällen i Melkefoss.  Night at 

10/3: Frukost och lunch i Melkefoss. Sedan transport Melkefoss – Kirkenes under eftermiddagen, middag i Kirkenes på kvällen. Övernattning på Birk Husky


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Termite mounds in Queensland

Queensland, Australia 2014-09-05--09-25

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Last stop before Kingfisher park
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Close to Kingfisher Park on a camping
© NF Photos 140914

In a forest looking for Golden-shouldered Parrot

© NF Photos 140915  Lakefield NP

Termite mounds on wiki

I was really fascinated by the Terminate mounds in the northern part of Queensland. I did see at least 3 different kinds. Probably one more but I can´t find it right now. They came in all sizes and shapes and colors from red over yellow to dark grey. Quite stunning!

Snippet from wiki:

The structure of the mounds can be very complicated. Inside the mound is an extensive system of tunnels and conduits that serves as a ventilation system for the underground nest. In order to get good ventilation, the termites will construct several shafts leading down to the cellar located beneath the nest. The mound is built above the subterranean nest. The nest itself is a spheroidal structure consisting of numerous gallery chambers. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some, like Odontotermes termites build open chimneys or vent holes into their mounds, while others build completely enclosed mounds like Macrotermes. The Amitermes (Magnetic termites) mounds are created tall, thin, wedge-shaped, usually oriented north-south.

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140921 Flying foxes in Ballina

Queensland, Australia 2014-09-05--09-25

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Grey-headed flying fox

Grey-headed flying fox and a smaller Black flying fox

Grey-headed flying fox and a smaller Black flying fox (black fruit bat)
© NF Photos 140921 Ballina, New_South_Wales, Australia

Grey-headed flying fox and a smaller Black flying fox (black fruit bat)

These guys came in for a good days sleep. They been out and about all night. There are two species. Rather many of the larger Grey-headed flying fox but only 5 of the smaller Black flying fox. It was fun watching them and it seemed to please our guides as well. Nobody had thought of leaving too fast. We did see them going out to hunt for food last night. Big dark shapes flying the air. And it was not birds. I was not prepared for that so I was quite confused for a while. And, take a look at their feet and hooks on the wings. I would not want to get too close to an angry bat. :)

Nature Notes     Saturdays Critters

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140924-140926 Brisbane to Arlanda

Queensland, Australia 2014-09-05--09-25

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© NF Photos 140925

After spending many hours on the airport in Brisbane we finally took off at 00.55h. The last thing I saw of Australia was the bridge. On the plane they began to serve dinner after about an h flight. Dinner??? In the middle of the night? I only ordered coffee and juice and some peanuts. But my companion thought it was a great idéa with dinner. After that we could go to sleep if we wanted as the light was put out. Everything went well and we landed in Hong Kong about 7.45.

We did not have much time there as the next flight to London was scheduled to 9,15.
That was a long flight but there was not much to see. We travelled north of the Himalyas and there was much clouds.
In London there was trouble with the gates. First you have to go with bus for 20 min before you get to the right terminal. No5. Then we could not go to GATE as there was some trouble there. We were half an hour late before we were assigned a GATE.
So, we was late at Arlanda. But for me that did not really matter as I had to wait for the morning bus. We arrived at terminal 2 and I walked over to Terminal 5 as I am more used to. I walked through a corridor I never visited before. It was all red.  Quite cool actually.
 At terminal 5 I took a nap on a sofa. In the morning I went to the money exchange office and changed back the AUS money to Swedish kronor.
Then I took the bus and then the train and was home around 11 in the morning. And then, after a cup of coffee and a sandwich I lay myself on the bed and got to sleep.

Weekend Reflection

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140923 Queensland, Canungra to Brisbane and the Airport

Queensland, Australia 2014-09-05--09-25
140923 day 19 Tuesday

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© NF Photos 140923

After packing my bags for travelling back home I had my breakfast in the room. I needed help again to bring my luggae down the stairs. It is rather heavy with spotting scope, spare cameras , books and everything else. 

We left the motel at 07.00h to go to Brisbane. We came right in morning traffic and was rerouted to smaller roads as there were some troubles ahead of us.  But our guide was used to this so we ended up at Port of Brisbane. A bit later then planned but still. We made a stop at the office in charge of the hide in  Port of Brisbane wader roost pond to get a key and went there. The place seem to be known as Lytton Roost as well.

It was a great place for waders, ibises and ducks. I finally could see the Red-necked Avocets I´d been waiting for. There were lots of different birds in this pond. More then I would have thought. It was fun. We could walk all around it and get good views of the birds. Both the small ones and the larger ones. They will all be in my Aus  birdblog when time comes.
 After that we drove to a wetland that was rather dry actually. It was located at "Hamilton Pine Rivers Wheelers cycling club" and we had to watch for bikers all the time. There was an asphalted track for the bikers and small ponds and streams here and there. The area obviously is flooded every now and then as there are poles marking the depth of water level.

Now our Swedish tour leader started to get a bit stressed as the group were about to split up. We found a restaurant in town were we had our last lunch and then they drove us to the airport. We were four that would leave, two for Sweden, two for Melbourne and the rest of the group continued inland for additional days. This was not fun. The two of us going to Sweden was left at the airport at 14.30h and our flight would not go until after midnight :(  Almost 10 h at the airport and you were not even sleepy. But time passes and we got airborn on schedule. When we went to Australia we had three very short  days now we had one very long day to take us home.                                                                                        Brisborn from the airport

Below, the last thing I saw of Australia was the bridge in Brisbane, just after takeoff.

Sky Watch Friday
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