Potato Point, aka: Watch your steak!

Trip Start Feb 25, 2013
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Trip End May 20, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, April 5, 2013

We stopped today at Eurobodalla national park at Patato Point. Beautiful place, beach front spot and herds of Wallabies. Also, Kookaburras. And more than anywhere else we've stayed. We set up camp. Put out our mattresses to dry and innocently enough, started cooking dinner. That's when the kookaburras came, at first in the tree, the the bold one on top of our tent, until I shook him off, with much force, then all of them. They like to swoop close to you, I think so you'll drop your food. Because they were so bold I pulled out our beach umbrella base pole and kept it at hand in case it was needed, and it was. I had just finished cooking my steak, put the caramelized onions on top and placed it under the barbeque for safety. I took one step to the truck to retrieve something and the lead kookaburra struck. I turn to see him hovering in front of the table with his beak reaching onto the plate under the barbeque. So I swung and connected soundly as he was fleeing with my onion. Onion flew everywhere and Mr. Kookaburra dropped to the ground. I have to admit, that was some of the finest flying I've seen, right up to the part where he got smacked. I turn and saw Taryn staring at me with an expression like I'd just struck her nephew and I had a lot of explaining to do. I did a quick check and found my steak was ok, Taryn was going to wait to make me explain my self and no other birds were going to make a try for our food. I check on Mr. Kookaburra and he was sitting on the ground, still dazed, so I nudged him and he flew off. There was another one on our tent so I swung at him and he blinked at me, apparently unconcerned. I swung again and connected and he flew off. Then I turned, umbrella pole cocked and ready and there was a Wallaby sitting under our tent overhang. I did not swing at him. After it was all done, even Taryn forgave me, mostly, for hitting Mr. Kookaburra. I forgot to mention that just before this incident Mr. Kookaburra had landed on my camping chair, mere feet from me and wouldn't leave, even when I stabbed at him with a fork. I had to tip the chair over!! I think that's why I grabbed the umbrella support. We'd heard before that kookaburras were bold, but you never quite believe it until you see it. Watch your food if ever you're near one, and Jenny, just don't come to Australian parks. You wouldn't like it.

I must have connected quite well because we didn't have any more Kookaburra incidents. All wallabies after that. But they are cute and abundant in this park. Constantly amazed at the amount of wildlife here. See the Emu pictures, they're just chillin' this was a great place and we highly recommend it for anyone who can make it.
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