And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Return to Koolan Island

I have just returned after spending a week doing another of the ongoing fauna surveys on the scenic Koolan Island.




Koolan is a iron ore mining island. Here is a view of what's called Mullet Pit with just the edges of two of the smaller survey sites showing.




One of the bigger survey sites on the northern side of the island in a very steep valley with a long 45 degree rocky climb in and out. Hard work in the heat when you often have to do it twice a day!

 


The scenery on Koolan is wonderful and the water is cool and inviting, but with lots of sharks and crocodiles.

 


Some trapping sites were on very steep rocky slopes with a thick vine undergrowth.




An aboriginal cultural centre is being built on Koolan for local meetings and culture exchange.




The million dollar views from the cultural centre are fantastic.


 

Some of the hundreds of small islands that surround Koolan.

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