This afternoon I ventured down to the point after a thunderstorm. The tide was going out and oyster catchers, egrets and a couple of spoonbills were feeding beyond the best reach of my lens. Further into the mangroves the still water was throwing some magical reflections against the still grey sky.
The last of the harvest moon tides are over until the next one rises. This morning, the mangrove tubes were exposed on the incoming tide.
In the park down near the Old Schoolhouse, the plover (Masked Lapwing) parents were a bit more relaxed with walkers. A nice change from being shrieked at as you walk the path. The young ones are growing up.
White-faced herons hide behind the scrub and change spots regularly.
The trumpet flower hangs in all its poisonous glory over a garden fence.
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Thursday afternoon’s drive tested the driving skills. This is stunning coastal landscape made more interesting by the ripping wind.
five minutes on the ferry from Victoria Point
a walk around the island
mangroves and melaleuca
a cormorant drying its wings
rainbow lorikeets feeding on umbrella trees
a brahminy kite surveying the water from above
the blue tongue lizard in an abandoned boat wreck
lunch at the cafe while the rain fell
There wasn’t too much activity on the incoming tide late this morning so I wandered up to an area of the wetlands where pairs of shore birds are gathering in these early days of Spring. There were curlews too, doing what they do best, laying low and camouflaged in the scrub. And this white-faced heron came a little closer than another pair I spotted. This shot gives a good sense of the colour of grasses near the mangroves at the moment.
On the way back home I dropped in again on Oyster Point and was rewarded by an egret on the hunt for fish.