Tuesday, September 29, 2015


What an interesting week this has been with the name "Inskip" written across the world media! We have had another "washout" at Inskip and this time it took out part of a camping area - complete with 4 wheel drive, caravan, camping trailer and assorted tents and camping equipment! It happened in the middle of the night which made it extra scarey for all the campers around.
This is not the first "washout" that we have had at Inskip but it is the first one that took property with it. I have counted five such washouts since I have lived here. The first one I photographed was in 2011 - a few days after it happened so the steep edges have had a chance to start to fill in.

There was another similar one in 2012 and very close to the previous one. This one nearly took the road to the end of the Point.

The one I found the most spectacular was in 2013 and half the area of the sand Point washed away in a very short time. I posted about it here.
This time it made the headlines because there was property lost and so many people involved. Before it started to wash away the edge of the sea was a couple of hundred meters from the camp site. This all happened late Saturday night and I went out and photographed it yesterday - Monday. It appeared that the 4 wheel drive had been pulled out of the water - and possibly the camper trailer - but the caravan was still lying in the water and gently rocking on the tide! I need to make a correction! Everything settled down into the soft sand! The next day they managed to pull out the camper trailer but the 4 wheel drive vehicle is still down there somewhere!

I had been out to Inskip last week to see what shorebirds were around but there were so many people and cars around that the only shorebirds were out on the sand island. This was at 6:30 am! (How could I have forgotten it is school holidays right now??!!)

The only good photo op was a pelican - but there are only so many pelicans I want to photo!

I set off for home but decided to take a quick trip down to Bullock Point which is on the opposite side of the bay. It seemed as if I was out of luck there as well and I was about to drive off when I looked up onto the big mast of a boat that was tied up to the shore. This boat has been there for quite a while and it appears that the people are not living on it right now. Anyway - this beautiful Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) was quite comfortable resting there. This is a young bird as the feathers are more brown  than grey.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Walk at Mullens

This is the beginning of the walk along to the bird roost at Mullens. When I came here 12 years ago it was possible to drive quite a bit further along the shoreline. Then "someone" - "officials" - "council" - or whoever! - decided that it would be better to block off the last couple of hundred meters of the track and let the vegetation regenerate. Accordingly bollards were placed over the track - AND - were pulled out! The ground after all is mainly sand! This happened more than once until some clever person decided to put big old pieces of logs between the bollards. These could not be removed easily - and so the bollards have stayed and the vegetation has regenerated! Since then another couple of hundred meters of track have been taken back and all vehicles must now tuck themselves tidily into the much smaller parking area!
As I walked along the shoreline I noticed quite a few trees have fallen down onto the sand and into the water at high tide.

I walked right along to the shorebird roost but it was not a very high tide and I did not see any shorebirds along there. This Pied Oystercatcher was close to the beginning of the walk. It is unusual to see a single bird by itself although there are times when there are quite large groups together. I wonder if this bird is a new one into the area or if it is one of a pair that has recently lost its mate.

I was almost back to the car park when I saw this bird flying down onto the ground and then fluttering up again. I edged up closer to see what it was doing and realized that it was "anting". This is when birds rub their feathers with ants in an effort to rid themselves of other smaller and annoying insects. This time the bird was more interested in what it was doing than in watching me so I got a series of photos of its actions. The bird is a Mangrove Honeyeater sometimes called a Varied Honeyeater (Lichenostomus veriscolor).
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Inskip Birds

Yesterday morning I went out early to Inskip Point. It is so beautiful out there and it has been a while since I have been there. When I first got out onto the Point quite a large flock of Terns was flying up. I thought they might settle down again once the barge stopped but instead they flew off out to sea. There were a few Silver Gulls around but the rest of the birds were out on the sand island in the middle of the Strait. The most easily seen out there was a large flock of Pelicans and a group of Pied Cormorants swimming in to join them.(All photos enlarge when clicked on and you can then see much more detail!)

Something disturbed them but instead of flying off they simply slipped into the water and soon there was a long line of them stretching across the bay.

A few of them came back onto the island along with quite a large number of Eastern Curlews. These are some of the earliest shorebirds to return from the northern hemisphere but I was not close enough to see the plumage and to see if these were some that had returned early. I have left this photo really large and if you enlarge it you can also see an Osprey resting on the sand a bit back from the Curlews.

Soon after this the boats that had been anchored on the other side of the island set off out to sea.

Meanwhile the barge was waiting for enough vehicles to load to make another trip over to Fraser Island.

This is one of the 4 wheel drive buses that take tourists around the island. It is far enough off the ground that it can go through a bit of water if necessary.

On the walk back to the car park the only birds I saw were hidden among the leaves at the tops of the trees - well out of reach of my camera lens. However, as I was driving off I saw a group of birds swooping around one of the trees right at the end of the parking lot. They kept settling down in the tree and I could see the beautiful red color on top of their heads. I quickly parked again and walked back. They were Rainbow Bee-eaters.

This Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula) also came in for a quick look but I almost missed it as I was so focused on the Bee-eaters!

( I am still having injections in both eyes for Macular Degeneration and the specialist is very pleased that he has halted the progression and my eyes have not deteriorated any further - BUT - the eyes are still extremely sensitive to bright light. Yesterday I had on a hat with a brim, and my prescribed dark glasses - BUT - after an hour or so at Inskip I spent the rest of the day with a bad head-ache and tablets in a darkened room! Was it worth it? Yes! This time at least!)

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