Fixin’ To Go To Norfolk (Island)

For someone from Tidewater Virginia, that is an odd thing to be saying about flying out into the pacific from Australia. Norfolk Island is out there in the ocean about a thousand miles from Oz. It’s where the cool pine trees come from. Here’s a map…
It's out there.
I am very excited to go to Norfolk Island, there are birds there to be seen nowhere else and a few odd visiting birds from time to time. I will be looking and I will take some photos and write some stuff for the blog. It seems there isn’t much internet availability there, so I may not be "around" much. Rest assured I will catch you all up after we return to the mainland.

We are fixin’ to leave for the airport on a shuttle at 3:45am Monday morning… ugh. In the meantime, we have been enjoying the hospitality of friends north of Sydney. For several days now we have been using their storage room and sorting stuff for the change over to Troopy. It’s not a lot of sorting, but we had pretty well settled into Matilda, and we are going to be releasing her from her crazy birding-bondage the day after we return from Norfolk Island. It is going to be quite the adjustment, but I have no doubt that we will handle it. I am very grateful as we get closer to "Troopy time!"
While we were here, we have seen some cool birds as well as visiting our friend’s world famous reptile park. I thought I would share a few photos from the last few days. I will keep y’all posted.

Upside down Crested Shrike-tit 
Gorgeous Mr. Satin Bowerbird in the front yard.
A lovely Brush Bronzewing at the Australian Reptile Park.
Eastern Water Dragon at the Park watching us eat lunch.
Superb Lyrebird up a tree in the backyard here.
Selfie in front of the Australian Reptile Park.

Birds. Peace. Love. Earth. Laughter. Music.