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Leila Jeffreys first visited Christmas Island some time ago, and it changed her life forever. “Flying in on a small plane, I looked down on imposing cliffs, dark, lush rainforests and thousands of pterodactyl-like birds circling on the currents above the jungle. It looked like Jurassic Park and it was exhilarating.” At this stage, Leila was already “consumed by a love of bird photography” and was drawn to the island for Christmas Island Bird ‘n’ Nature Week, where she met biologist and author Tim Low, who’s books had a “profound effect” on her. Leila is also the author of Birdland, an...
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As many of you know, invasive yellow crazy ants have posed a serious threat to Christmas Island’s wildlife, the red crab population in particular, but it looks like scientists have finally found a solution: a micro-wasp from Malaysia. After more than seven years of research, community consultation, and biosecurity checks, the first batch of micro-wasps have been released in Christmas Island National Park to control yellow crazy ants. The baby wasps, growing inside parasitised scale insects, were bred in captivity in Malaysia. At the end of January this year, they were released into the forest canopy into a yellow crazy ant...
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This week, local photographer Kirsty Faulkner announced her first photo tour, a chance for budding photographers to tour the island with Kirsty, learn all her secret vantage points, explore some unknown places and gain some amazing insights into her photographic skills. We thought we’d ask Kirsty about a few of the things that inspire her… What came first, the camera or the view? Definitely the view!  From the minute you land on this island, you are surrounded by nature.  The towering trees, crystal blue waters, gorgeous birds… its hard to miss!   The camera came much later, once my little family had...
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    Beng Lim says #
    Dear Kristy My two friends and I are keen to witness the red crab migration in December anytime between December 6 and 18. Two of

Chris Bray’s red Christmas on Christmas Island

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This festive season, adventure photographers Chris and Jess Bray spent Christmas on Christmas Island and found a whole new way to celebrate… Swapping the festive family feast for something a little less frenzied, my wife Jess and I decided we’d spend Christmas on Christmas Island last year. More than just a corny cliché, our holiday hideaway, decorated with the largest return of baby red crabs ever seen, turned out to be both remarkably refreshing and utterly unforgettable: Growing up sailing around the world, I first visited this tropical paradise as a seven-year-old kid in 1990. Memories of snorkeling in crystal-clear water,...
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    yo mamma says #
    WOW LOOKS LIKE FUN!
This month we were delighted to hear that Dolly Beach had been chosen in the Top 10 in a list of 101 Australian Beaches by Brad Farmer, Tourism Australia’s official Beach Ambassador. We always knew Dolly was special, but being chosen in the Top 10 out of the 11,000+ beaches that line Australia’s coastline, is pretty special. We asked Brad about his arduous task of assessing Australia’s beaches… CI. How long have you been researching Australia's best beaches? BF: 50 years, if you count that I was digging into the beach sands of this big sandbox as a kid… but just...
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    There are mant beaches in Sydney but for my personal fevrite 5 beaches are, 1. Whitehaven Beach, QLD 2. Cable Beach, WA3 3. Burl

Australia’s best beach named…. (drum roll).

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It’s a secret no more – the beaches of Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands have been named in the Top 10 of Australia’s Best 101 Beaches for 2017. The small strip of white sand on Direction Island, over on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands has been freshly minted ‘Cossies Beach’ in honour of Sir Peter Cosgrove – and handed the title of Australia’s Best Beach – out of 11,761 contestants. Our own favourite Dolly Beach (No.1 in our books!) came in at No. 7. So, it’s a secret no more – the beaches of Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands have...
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2016’s Great Migration: it starts…

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This year’s red crab migration has come a bit earlier than in the previous few years after heavy rainfall set them on their merry way to the sea. We asked Rob Muller, Chief Ranger Christmas Island National Park, if there were any special preparations required – and if there was anything different about this year’s migration. CI: Is there is anything unusual about this year's migration? RM: With the continuous rain the island has experienced this year the crabs have had an extended period of time to get their reproductive stages underway (migrating, mating and spawning). There are three occasions in...
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    yo mamma says #
    cool crabs
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    Sophia says #
    This is so fascinating. I can believe the plight of these tiny little crabs. I am so impressed! I found this cute video about thei

The Red Crab Migration: a local perspective

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What’s it like living with 40 million land crabs? We thought we’d ask a couple of locals what it’s like to experience the red crab migration. Is it amazing? Or is it an inconvenience? Maria and Jacobo Jacobo and his mother Maria live in Drumsite and crabs are everywhere. Not only during the migration but crabs, red and robbers, are in the garden and on the streets year-round. Jacobo’s favourite is the robber crab and he wants to pet them. Maria’s first experience of the migration was last year. It raised a lot of questions: "What is it that makes them...
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    Are they an endangered species or just not edible?
Day 6: Thongs beyond belief I’m being guided by a died-in-the-wool celebrity. Tim Low is, according to the blurb is his latest book, a ‘highly regarded biologist and a prize-winning author of seven books.” He also knows Christmas Island biology every bit as well as our previous guides, having done this trip for many years. On this last day of arranged tours for Bird and Nature Week, he’s taking us from the sublime to the ridiculous, from Oh My GOD to Oh…. My…. God. Its raining again but, with sunshine in the distance, we head off to the other side of...
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Day 5:  Boobies, noddies and extraordinary tails Nic Dunlop is my new best friend. Because of him, I got to throw a bird off a cliff and watch it catch the wind and soar. That’s a pretty awesome thing. We start early, in misty rain, scrabbling through the vines and among the rocks, to the place where the tropic birds were.  'Were' because the adults went to sea several hours ago to fish for their young, leaving the chicks concealed in the thick and tangled undergrowth, invisible to our uneducated eyes. But Nic knows. Adult red-tailed tropic birds are iridescent white,...
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