On an undeserted island

Fourteen Islands

IMG_2538We are here: 23.4500° S, 151.9167° E.

Heron Island is at the south end of the Great Barrier Reef and is home to what must be thousands of birds, trilling and curlewing, calling and cooing, all day and all night.  It’s also home to a resort and a research station. We are staying at the research station, surrounded by people studying the birds (the shearwaters specifically, not the gray or white herons, nor the terns or the seagulls), the fish on the coral reef just offshore, the sharks, the coral itself.  

It is awesome.

Getting here was no easy task:  We applied to stay at the station, which is run by Queensland University. We ordered food to be delivered by barge before we arrived (it comes once a week, every Wednesday). We arranged for our flights, and made it onto the large catamaran that goes once a day, to the…

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