Josh Silberg

J Silberg

Josh Silberg




Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia August 13th 2010

July 31 The wind came up over the last few days, preventing us from finding dolphins. We were setting up for a data catch up day yesterday, but got offered to go on a road trip instead. Data or road trip…hmmm. Guess what won out. We headed down the peninsula towards some of the other sites Shark Bay has to offer. Our first stop was at the aptly named Shell Beach, so named because it is covered by billions of tiny white cockle shells. Stark contrast to the bright blue sky and turquoise waters of L’Haridon Bight. From there we drove to Eagle Bluffs, a set of cliffs overlooking the bay. You can see all the way across to the salt mines at Useless Loop (where another dolphin project is set up). In the warmer months ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia August 7th 2010

June 21 Getting into some semblance of rhythm here. You can never be fully settled because our days depend totally on weather. There are no weekends…only days we go out & days we don’t. Today was the latter. Too windy. On non-boat days I’ve gone on two ~10 km walks out to Red Bluff near Monkey Mia. Got to get some energy out on the windy days. Looking at fin pics and entering data makes you loopy after about 5 straight hours. Seen emus, wallabies, zebra finches (they don’t just live in pet stores) and all sorts of other creatures. No thorny devils, echidnas, or bilby just yet. Red bluff is appropriately named after the burnt burgundy coloured earth. That’s not a good colour description. You kind of have to see it. Where outback meets the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia July 28th 2010

Here is the first of what should hopefully be many blogs from Monkey Mia. As I said in my previous post I will write as often as I can but it is completely dependent on weather. Good weather = more dolphin watching = less blogging. I already have way more written down than I'll include in this first one, but I thought I'd start at the beginning...arriving at Monkey Mia. As for pictures, I'll do my best. I can post pictures from camp and the area that I take with my camera. I'll do that as often as I can but the internet connection is slow and the pics don't upload at a high quality. That being said a picture does say a thousand words (and I've heard from some these blogs run long sometimes :)) ... read more


Fremantle was making us restless. Not the place itself, just the waiting in one location for too long. I kept forgetting too that Whitney had just got to Australia just before our course started. She didn’t have the 3 weeks of exploring and adventuring to wet her appetite. We decided if we weren’t leaving until Friday at the earliest our only option was to get out of town. It also meant I had to learn to drive on the other side of the road... Spent last 4 days exploring SW Australia. Rented a car and just drove south. Each day was distinctly different. Within an hour of leaving the Fremantle/Perth area we were transported to rural Australia at its finest. Large kangaroo jumped across the road. Flock of emus in farmer’s field. Bolted when we got ... read more
Whitney and I on top of Bluff Knoll
Trufula tree?
Sunrise at West Cape Howe National Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Fremantle July 4th 2010

Last I left off I think I was just coming back from a relaxing couple days on Rottnest Island. The next week was relatively mundane compared to my usual travels. As part of my requirements for my position in Shark Bay I had to take the Restricted Coxswain (pronounced cox-in) course for Western Australia. They don't like my Canadian boating certifications here apparently. Whitney (other research assistant from San Diego) and I spent the whole week in the classroom proving our first aid pre-requisites, filling out paperwork, tying knots, learning (or re-learning) the boating rules, and filling out more paperwork. Did I mention the paperwork? At least the teacher was entertaining, as most longtime captains are. Not a bad course but some of the days went long. The things I do to study dolphins...woe is me. ... read more
Subiaco Oval

Oceania » Australia June 26th 2010

I made it out west. Not quite the Donner party but a long 5 hour flight nontheless. I underestimated the time it would take for me to take the train from Wollongong to Sydney airport. Got there 25 minutes before my flight. Luckily domestic flights aren't too picky and I made it on (although not without a little panic and being called over the intercom). I will definitely leave more time from now on. Got into Perth at about 3:00 pm and had a relatively quiet night. My hostel was unfortunately less than sanitary, but I was only there one night so it was not a big deal. The next morning I got up early to explore Perth. Finally sat down. Seems like I've been walking all day. Spent the day walking around downtown Perth. King's ... read more
Nudibranch!
Sunset on the beach next to my campsite
Biking around the island...about 25 km loop

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Blue Mountains June 21st 2010

On Saturday morning five of us (Me, Kim and her friends Al, Jimmy, & Nikki) drove off for the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, about 3 hours from Wollongong. What would a trip be without a little adventure? We made it to Mount York to do some climbing and got all our gear out and ready. I was belaying Al on a route and Jimmy started another climb before we heard a large crash. Unfortunately, Jimmy had taken a ground fall trying to clip in his rope while lead climbing. He fell about 4 m and landed hard on a rock. I should say now that rock climbing is like any sport...not dangerous, but accidents do happen. Just to be cautious we decided he shouldn't walk out and called in an ambulance. Since it was pretty ... read more
Katoomba Winter Magic Festival
Our sleeping arrangement
Ring-tailed possum

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong June 17th 2010

Well I've had a relaxing couple of days. I don't know the last time I've uttered/typed those words. Kim has been in her med school placement for the week so I've been on my own for the days. I decided to explore Wollongong by foot. I did a little shopping. I forgot my camera cord to upload photos. I guess if I forgot anything that's not the worst thing in the world. Bought a tent for future adventures. Found a waffle place that offered real Canadian maple syrup (imported by an Aussie company). I give the waffles an A- and the syrup a B+. Not the high grade stuff, but certainly heaps (I'm adding this to my vocabulary...see previous post) better than Aunt Jemima. Then I went to the beach and just sat and read. I've ... read more
Wollongong
Eastern Rosella Parrots
Kookaburra and a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong June 15th 2010

Wollongong & My First Roo I made it out of Sydney feeling satisfied. I saw the major sites and experienced some of what the city has to offer. In other words, I'm not much of a city person. In contrast, Wollongong (~1.5 hour train ride south of Sydney) is a town of about 250,000 right along the coast that is much more to my liking. Still enough to do without the hecticness of a big city. I'm staying with my friend Kim here whom I was a resident adviser with at UVic in my second year. She's in medical school here but it was a long weekend in Australia for the Queen's birthday (we think Elizabeth?) so she had 3 days off. On Saturday afternoon we went up Mount Keira on the edge of town to ... read more
Soccer Half-Time Entertainment
Climbing at Nowra
Soccer Match with Kim

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney June 10th 2010

The Beginning Well I made it to Australia in one piece...I'm still trying to keep track of where I am. In the last month I've spent time in Prince Rupert, Black Creek, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Baltimore, Bethesda, and New York. I've graduated university, written my GRE (for grad school), packed up all of my belongings, drove to Calgary, attended my cousin Shira's wedding in Maryland, visited family and friends in New York and then hopped on a 18 hour flight to Sydney. Now to catch my breath a little...sort of. Hopefully you enjoy this blog. Read it at your leisure. Sometimes my entries do run a little long (or so I'm told). Read as little or as much as you'd like and I'll try to post as often as I can. Basically this is my journal ... read more
Opera House!
Harbour Bridge
Bird show at Taronga Zoo




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