Day One Hundred and Twenty-Two: The course took place at the University of Queensland’s St. Lucia campus, and we stayed on the campus in student accommodation, which was quite good, and there was lots of exciting local wildlife. There was an orange tree outside the building, and all week there were Grey-headed Flying-foxes flying into it to feed on the fruit every night. These were very cool to see, and weren’t too skittish around people. As the course wasn’t consistently interesting (was on Computational and Mathematical Biology...), a few seminars were skipped, allowing exploration of the university grounds. Which were ridiculously flash, where does QLD get its money from? Oh right... Anyway, as well as beautiful architecture and lovely gardens, there were a surprising number of birds, the most exciting of which were Brush Turkeys. These were strutting around the cafes and gardens, searching for scraps and were very cool to watch. Apparently they used to be very common in Sydney too, until the Great Depression. There was also a large lake system, with all manner of waterbirds, including pelicans, herons, shags and fowl, as well as a turtle, which I haven’t been able to ID yet, see photo below (I'm thinking Emydura). There were also lots of Eastern Water Dragons, and a flock of Little Corellas. The Brisbane River surrounds three sides of the campus, and a walk along the banks revealed a few additional species too, including Great Egret and a probable Pardalote that couldn’t be ID’d to species level. I went for a walk one evening, and as well as a number of flying-foxes, which I really like watching, such fascinating creatures, I also saw a Ringtail Possum scurrying along a power line, which was pretty neat. All in all a good day! New Species: Pied Butcherbird, Pied Currawong.