Andy is far by the best use a argentavis or quetzal and go scout around for metal you will need it it is very important especially as when later on in that game you will be needing like 20k on you at all times
Herbivore island is the safest place to grind out metal, there's 6-7 nodes in top and you don't have to worry about anything unless you wack a bronto. If you're lucky enough to find an island server without a base there it's the perfect spot to build, If you do this be sure to put out a forge and UNLOCK it for community use! Don't pillar the whole island like an idiot... Looking at you "stoned construction"!!!