Peregrine Falcon

Spotted while camping on the southeast Australian coast.

Cheeky Wombat


Interesting Wombat facts:

  • They are the second largest marsupial
  • They are the largest burrowing animal
  • They poop in cubes.

What we call a “Wombat”, the Australians call a “Cheeky Wombat” and this fellow certainly was cheeky in exploring our campsite on the southeast Australian coast.


Grey Butcher Bird

Grey butcher bird live in colonies and their loud territorial songs feature contributions by different members.

Tiger Snake

Tiger Snake
Tiger Snake

It’s an exaggeration to say that when it comes to Australia, everything is out to kill you.  But the Tiger Snake is highly venomous, so this was a “snap and run” moment. 

Traveling with Hummingbirds

hummingbird in joshua tree
Hummingbird at our window in San Francisco

Travel Essentials: A nectar feeder

 I like to get a good look at the birds wherever I’m staying. It’s easy enough to throw out some seed or set out some fruit and see who comes to call. Also easy to stick a hummingbird feeder in your luggage. They zip from flower to flower and are hard to see. Set out a feeder full of sugar water, and they’ll find it within a day and start hanging out being photogenic. Especially in the desert, other birds enjoy the sugar. Or the water. Or the combo. Or the chance to have their photo taken.

Maybe this is excessive? Nah….. Excessive will be when I try to smuggle my feeder and a bunch of sugar water on a backpacking trip.

No hummingbirds in Africa or Australia, so next trip down under, I’ll bring a feeder and see if sunbirds or others are intrigued.

Hiking in Norway

Norway has a fantastic system of trails for hut-to-hut hiking. We got there in 2018. Record heat and drought made for great hiking, but not so good for the locals.