The Mild Adventurer

More mild than wild.

What’s here?

You can visit the rivers and bush and sea around Central Queensland, Australia, via my pictures and stories. I am no wild adventurer but since relatively few people journey the way I go, you will encounter an outdoors that is rather wild and often dangerously so.

I enjoy camping, bushwalking, fishing, exploring, outdoor photography, boating (which comes with heaps of repairing whether I like it or not). It’s all mild stuff but not without challenge and occasional heart-stopping moments. Read more on what’s here:


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More experience: Mercury 3.5 hp 4 stroke & 250 AD HP inflatable dinghy.

After initially using the Mercury/Quicksilver 250 AD HP inflatable dinghy and Mercury 3.5 hp 4 stroke outboard when I bought them over two years ago, they have basically been in storage since then (family health issues). Now I have dusted them off and am putting them back into use. Here’s what I experienced from my latest outing. Continue reading

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Scarface, the dingo mum, vanished.

For over a month, the female dingo I call Scarface had been making several trips a day to drink in a small rock basin in Gully 01, Mt Archer National Park. With enlarged nipples and increasingly disarrayed hair on her belly, it seemed likely she had a litter of tiny pups hidden in a den nearby. I eagerly awaited seeing her pups on camera when they grew big enough to leave the den. Not going to happen now as she has vanished. Continue reading

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Feeding hungry dingo pups.

A large litter of dingo pups eats a mountain of food. In Gully 01 in the Mt Archer National Park, just before the dingo pups burst onto the scene with joyful puppy enthusiasm, the rest of the pack were hard at catching prey. My trail cameras recorded some of the catch being carried by the adults back to the pups which I presume were still in their den at that time. Continue reading

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Wild animal attacks trail camera.

It was the tilt of the Moultrie Panoramic 180i that indicated something wrong. The strap and buckle are strong. The tree just the right size to hold securely. The camera had been mounted very firmly. Only a serious attempt at dislodging it would move it. Not a casual brushing past. Yet there is was. Cock-eyed. Continue reading

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Ins and outs of low-glow LED flash: Pt 3.

I used to think animals didn’t tend to notice trail cameras. Day and night, so I thought, the creatures went about their lives mostly oblivious to camouflage-disguised cameras with no-see invisible flash. That assumption is totally busted. The evidence I am getting is that day and night they do notice even if they choose to ignore it. But I also assumed that low-glow flash is spooky to animals and no-glow is not. It has turned out more complex than that. Continue reading

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Trail cameras: Ins and outs of low-glow LED flash: Pt 2.

Before buying my first ever trail camera, I believed animals paid them scant attention, if any. Camouflage colours made the cameras unobtrusive by day and no-glow flash kept them invisible at night. I was so wrong. The more I used trail cameras, the more I found evidence that animals are highly aware of their environments and alert to anything strange and new – like a newly deployed trail camera. My Assumption #1 has been so busted. Here I show animals reacting to trail cameras both day and night. Continue reading