Our trip to Australia got an unexpected start. A Russian military aircraft with the transponders turned off nearly collided with a commercial passenger jet above southern Sweden. All the take-offs in Copenhagen were postponed, so we missed our connection in Dubai. Emirates rebooked us and invited us to stay in a five-star hotel for two nights while waiting for our new flight to Melbourne. That way I got a few hours' birding in the gardens and car parks around the Arabian Park Hotel. Morcombe's Field Guide to Australian Birds was of little help, so I was back at the virgin birding of my teens, the joys of discovery absorbing me completely.