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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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It took barely ten minutes for them to appear. Our whole evening had been meticulously planned by Lisa, tour guide and all-round sorter-outer-of-problems. Dinner was at the Christmas Island High School allowing the junior Master Chefs of Year 11 and 12 the opportunity to practice on real people. But we’d barely sat down in the new outdoor dining area when the first one scrabbled its way out of the jungle surrounds. Robber crabs, uninvited and unexpected, marching relentlessly towards the smell of food, a multitude of mobile bowling balls pressing forward with all the determination of a Light Brigade. More and...
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Day 3: The Old Man of the Sea So today is it! The main reason why I came all this way to this tiny spot on the map. It’s Abbotts Booby day. I don’t know who Abbott was or why he had a seabird named after him, but he certainly got a good one – the rarest booby in the world, the evolutionary elder of the booby and gannet bird families, the true old man of the sea. And today, Day 3 of Bird and Nature Week, I get to see one up close and personal. If they cooperate, cautions Janos...
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Day 2: Trawling for Goshawks Fishing for birds in the jungle. A sentence I never thought I would write, a thing I never thought I would do. But hey, this is Christmas Island, and here, its not just a very cool way to spend a day, its helping save a laconic little raptor. The Christmas Island goshawk is about the size of a pigeon, sleek and slim, with golden eyes and a yeah, whatever attitude. Mark Holdsworth and Sue Robinson, goshawk gurus and guides, have instructed many an amateur in the fine art of trawling for birds. First thing you need...
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Bird'n'Nature Week - Arrival - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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Day 1: Arrival  “Oh look,” I said as the pamphlet fluttered to the floor.  “Christmas Island. That would be so much fun. I’ve often thought I should do that.” “Well, why don’t you?” he asked. And even though I could think of a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t, I did it anyway. I booked. And arrived for Bird and Nature Week on Christmas Island a few months later, packing my camera, my biggest zoom lens, and a brand new flash card that would hold two and a half thousand images. Right-oh, I thought, I’m ready. Ready to leave behind the dull...
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A travel agent's perspective...

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Recently a few travel agents visited Christmas Island to find out about what was, to them, a relatively unknown destination. The group included Mike Drew of Bicton Travel and Mathew Hollis of Cathie Rice Travel - we asked them what they would now be telling their customers about the place. CI: What did you know about Christmas Island before visiting this year? Mathew Hollis: I didn’t know a lot about Christmas Island before I came but I have left knowing a lot more and have a greater appreciation for “Australia’s Galapagos.” Mike Drew: All I knew about Christmas Island prior to...
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The countdown has started for Bird & Nature Week

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The countdown is on for Bird & Nature Week, our one special week when we are privileged to join in on the research carried out each year by experts including Nic Dunlop, Janos Hennicke, Mark Holdsworth and Tim Low. Our rare and endemic birds, including the Christmas Island Frigatebird, Abbott’s Booby and Christmas Island Goshawk are the subject of ongoing study by visiting bird specialists, and Bird & Nature Week guests are able to take part in the research as well as attend seminars and guided bird-watching tours. Nik Dunlop will take guests on a tour to see noddies, bosuns and...
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Exciting news for divers!

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Christmas Island welcomes a new dive operator to the island next month with increased capacity on their new dive boat. Sandra Smith and Hiro Yoshida, managers of dive company Extra Divers, arrive on the island next month, with the new dive centre opening in early September. Husband and wife team Sandra and Hiro are extremely experienced divers, and actually hold the Guinness World Record for the deepest underwater wedding - they were married at a depth of 150m in Trang, Thailand, in 2014. The new dive boat can facilitate 16 passengers and offers equipment rental, Nitrox 32 and underwater camera rental....
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Roti... can I?

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One of the benefits of having such a multicultural population on Christmas Island is the wonderful mix of culinary experiences. Long-time Christmas Island resident and owner of tour company Indian Ocean Experiences, Lisa Preston muses about the island's food, and its challenges… Well, it's actually Roti Canai, pronounced Chennai, after the region in India where these flat breads originate from. But when I first saw that spelling ‘can I’ has always stuck in my head, as though it was always a good time to ask for one. Little else elicits more comments and likes on my Facebook posts (even more...
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  • hilary
    hilary says #
    thank you Lisa. Great and interesting blog. I do so miss the Island. Always dream of going back, It was the one place on earth th

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