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Christmas Island Blog

OCT
31

The Red Crab Migration: a local perspective

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...
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SEP
06

Bird'n'Nature Week - Thongs Beyond Belief - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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SEP
06

Bird'n'Nature Week - Boobies, noddies and extraordinary tails - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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SEP
05

Bird'n'Nature Week - Of Dinner Guests and book-book callers - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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SEP
03

Bird'n'Nature Week - The Old Man of the Sea - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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02

Bird'n'Nature Week - Trawling for Goshawks - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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01

Bird'n'Nature Week - Arrival - a daily blog by Karen Hunt ...

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...
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AUG
20

A travel agent's perspective...

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 th ey 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...
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AUG
12

The countdown has started for Bird & Nature Week

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...
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AUG
03

Carl the crab returns to Christmas Island

Carl Vogelsang grew up on Christmas Island, and in his heart, he’s not really ever left it. This month however, he returned (in the flesh) with his family for the first time since leaving the island as a teenager. This must have been a pretty emotional trip. So how did it go? We had to ask… So… what’s it like to be back? It has been 34 years since I left the island as a 16yr old in 1982. There are several levels of feelings, overjoyed to be back home, curious to see the changes as well as interested to...
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