Date Location Description
Day 23, Dubbo to Griffith Observer: Richard Kingsford Our last survey day – more than a month since we started and after we have covered a lot of the eastern part of the…
Day 22, Moree to Dubbo Observer: Richard Kingsford Thankfully Saturday’s heat was gone but there was a howling southwesterly wind, just what we didn’t really want going…
Day 21, Sydney to Moree Observer: Richard Kingsford Out of Sydney and heading north to work our way around all the major wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin. We are now…
Day 19, The Lower Lakes Observer: Richard Kingsford The weather forecast was against us – 30 knot winds and 38 degrees centigrade. So we were up at daybreak, hoping to get…
Day 18, Mildura to Goolwa Observer: Richard Kingsford We arrived at the airport by six for a quick breakfast and away before the heat hit us. Today, we flew a long section of…
Day 17, Sydney to Mildura Observer: Richard Kingsford Start of our flight down the River Murray – Albury to the Murray Mouth. We picked up this mighty river just east of…
Day 10, Armidale to Sydney Observer: Richard Kingsford The home leg. This was our easiest day, mopping up on ‘bits’ of survey band 4 which runs from south of Broken Hill at…
Day 9, Broken Hill to Armidale Observer: Richard Kingsford Cool days when you are flying out in the west are a blessing – another one today. We headed north from Broken Hill back…
Day 8, St George to Broken Hill Observer: Richard Kingsford Cool day for flying west. First survey was down the Balonne River, flanked by a few large storages for irrigated cotton…
Day 7, Quilpie to St George Observer: Richard Kingsford Cool morning at 22oC – great for aerial survey. Quilpie, where we stayed last night, lies on the banks of the Bulloo, a…
Day 6, Windorah to Quilpie Observer: Richard Kingsford With the rising sun behind us, we flew west along Band 8. Dry river and creek beds run north to south across the survey…
Day 5, Rockhampton to Windorah Observer: Richard Kingsford 6am out of Rocky in a cab and its driver who had not been to bed. On the way down to Band 8, we passed over the Mt…
Day 4, Mt Isa to Rockhampton Observer: Richard Kingsford Today is always our longest and hottest day of our month and a half survey, as we head east along Band 9, starting 200km…
Day 3, Airlie Beach to Mt Isa Observer: Richard Kingsford Backpacker central, relieving see breezes and screeching beach stone curlews seemed an age away as we headed west over…
Day 2, Maroochydore to Airlie Beach Observer: Richard Kingsford “Very hot day today” blared the Maroochydore commercial radio, as we headed for the plane. That’s what we expect as we…
Day 1, Sydney to Maroochydore Observer: Richard Kingsford Off again on our 32 second year surveying waterbirds across a third of the continent. The southerly has just hit Sydney…