Sunday, August 02, 2009

A coastal treck

It was good to have Denis come down for another visit last week.
It gave me an opportunity to share some of the wilder parts of the territory in which I live.

Hidden coves with mountainous surrounds, riddled with treacherous slippery rocks is where we went.
I'm sure the scenery was worth it :)

These rock pools, with vivid red anemone were a good find.
They show the way in which the creature retracts its tentacles when faced with violent seas and the waterless conditions that it endures.

This Striated ( or Mangrove) Heron was a little shy of the camera.
Possibly due to the fact that he usually seen this far down the NSW coast.

As was this White Faced Heron.

Though, with careful stalking, I was able to get close enough for this shot.

Yes, an eventful trip that saw two weary photographers glad to be home.

We have yet to track down the elusive Death Adders that live down here.
Perhaps that will have to wait for another visit :)


  1. That first photo is really beautiful - the whole day sounds great! Rock pools to poke around in, birds, and scenery! What more could anyone want?

  2. Hi David
    Death Adder? What Death Adder?
    Now you tell me!
    Now that I think about it, no Death Adder could survive that rough but beautiful terrain.

  3. Hi David,

    what a wonderful pastime - beach walking with a friend. And so many natural treasures to enjoy!

    I am very interested in your image of the Reef Egret, wondering if you might have misidentified your bird. I am not expert by any means at identifying birds, but I wonder if your Egret could be the Striated (Mangrove) Heron (perhaps Race stagnatilis - Rufous morph) instead. I am unaware if sandy sections of beach are even the correct habitat for the Striated Heron. It would be interesting to get the opinion of others on this.

    Your photos are excellent.


  4. Well, I have just read that the Rufous morph of the Striated Heron is confined to the Pilbara coast of WA, so that can be eliminated. But is there the possibility that it could still be the Striated Heron?

  5. Thanks for the comments guys.
    I believe it to be a very strange find for the area Gaye.
    Denis has a post on his site that is worth a check.


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