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  • Day2

    Wandoan, Qld

    January 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Wandoan offers a delightful camp area at the Waterloo Environmental Park. Quite a large area that is currently with plenty of puddles of water from the recent rain.

    There are quite a few birds and upon a closer look at the reeds quite a large number of very small finches and wrens. A few crows break the chatter of small birds with their raucous rark.

    So far we have this camp entirely to ourselves. I guess it would be unlikely for us to be alone for long though.

    The portable 80 watt solar panel is feeding to the van. We now have extra loading due to the new fridge. We have removed the 3 way gas fridge and gained extra stowage area plus a small slide out compressor fridge. We so far have no real idea of it energy needs. The van mounted panel is a bit short with its 50 watts. We store power with a 60 amp hour lithium battery.
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  • Day3

    Camping at Wandoan

    January 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    The environmental park has proven to be quite a gem. We have been listening to the many Reed Warblers and being entertained by the Babblers.
    There are numerous birds here so Pam is busy photographing them. Butterflies also seem plentiful with many different types and colours fluttering past.

    A group of finches arrived to take a drink less than 20 metres from us. We stayed quiet and watched them for the few minutes they wet their whistles. A left exit with a brief landing in a tree then off to hide in the reeds and continue their bird activities. Several Dotterals descended on the other bank and foraged along for a while before disappearing from view.

    It is hard to know how many little birds are living in this area. There is a lot of noise but they are very hard to spot. Yesterday the miniscule wrens were almost impossible to see, even when they moved. They blend in very well to the background. Getting a photo is simply good luck. The opportunity lasts only a few seconds before they move on.

    The weather is close to perfect at around 30 degrees with a nice breeze. This has been a nice way to spend our third day on the trip to Tamworth Music Festival.

    Amenities wise, this camp is quite well set up. The council looks after the rubbish collection and the clean toilets. There are even hot showers provided. The town is only a short walk away.

    Yesterday I did not bother to connect solar to the car fridge battery. The battery was at 98% at sundown. This morning we were at 89% so I connected the solar panel. This panel is the same as the one we used for the van extra input. By around 10am all the batteries were fully charged so we launched all the iPad and tablet chargers. Looking like my new solar design will work for us.
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  • Day3

    Creatures and Plants

    January 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Well after dark I noticed an impressive spider web complete with its hairy, eight legged owner. With powerful light I was lining up and composing a photo when all of a sudden.... A hapless moth collided near the bottom of the web.

    The spider was there in moments before the moth could get free of the sticky strands. Another second he would have e been free and on his way. A quick stab of venom and the spider proceeded to wrap his meal for later. There was a stream of breaking wings drifting aside as the spider attached his victim with a strong strand.

    Now the moth was spun rapidly and encased in web until completely wrapped. Once done the supporting thread was cut and the delectable prize carted up to the centre of the web. Here it was hung in place ready for a future dinner.

    Most of the plants are quite interesting. Excepting the triple throned burs. They are a literal pain wherever they spike you. Cactus are more obvious so rarely a problem. Some plants have flowered and scattered their seeds for next season.
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  • Day4

    A Tough day in the Office

    January 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Although we are tripping around with no "real" boundaries, I do have a little work to be done from time to time. I must say though, sitting under a shady tree doing G business essentials beats the hell out of sitting in a dingy office.Read more

  • Day6

    Waterloo Plains Environmental Park

    August 7, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    At Wandoan, west of Hervey Bay. Free site with hot hot showers. Lots of bindiis. Very clean amenities. Behind the Bowls Club, "town" is just up the street. Good spot for the night.

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