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Little black-and-white willy wagtails continually tipped their long, slender tails up and down like metronomes, punctuating all their movements. In the cool mornings and evenings or the still heat of the day, the great wading birds stood in the shallows, unmoving until my blundering passage shocked them heavily up on their long wings. Along the river lived herons, egrets, and the big brolgas with their gray bodies and red heads. The brolgas, Grus rubicundus, probe the mud of wetlands in Australia and New Guinea searching for sedge tubers.

Leichhardt was a victim of rainfall variability; I am its student. Returning to the Darling Downs, Leichhardt felt that his luck had failed and his men were incompetent, but his subordinates were more outspoken about his failings as a leader than those of the first expedition had been. They accused him of selfishness and callous indifference to the suffering of others, inability, and, most damaging, periodic insanity. Leichhardt's spirits improved when he returned to Sydney and learned that the Geographical Societies of both London and Paris had awarded him gold medals.

Standing on the bank of the river, I found myself surrounded by phantoms largely of my own making. It was close there, trees behind and the river before me, and I was nervous. What I could face with a companion strengthening my flank was almost too much alone, but I was ashamed of hesitation. Across the river Page 8 Camp along a quiet stretch of the Burdekin River. the gum trees on the crest of the hill stood out sharp and stiff. Below them the hill softened into shadows, coming out clear again where the dark river flecked with white ran swiftly down the stones, raising a confused, jumbled sound.

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