At Kilcarnup there was an Osprey nest that had been built up over many years. Each year I visited Kilcarnup and could photograph the proud parents with their chicks. You can see images of the Ospreys in earlier posts. After the Margaret River bushfires, the nest was abandoned and I was disappointed that I couldn’t see these magnificent birds at Kilcarnup. I visited the nest a few weeks ago, and it was in a state of disrepair. The day I visited the weather was dreadful and I didn’t bother to look around. However I was told that the Osprey’s were building a new nest, so today I went to see. There were 3 Osprey in the area that I could see. The new nest has a long way to go before it reaches the size of the old one, but it is a good start. The new nest is about 500m from the old ones on Cape Mentelle.
The Ironman series held a heat at Smiths beach today. The conditions were rough and windy. They had set up all the barriers last night, but they got washed away. This morning they delayed the start 2 hours to let the conditions ease. These guys are tough – swim, surf skis, paddle a surfboard, and then repeat until I lost count of how many laps they did! The surf skis were the hardest part – they got tossed around in the breaking surf. Very tough on those who were leading, and then their ski got washed back to shore.
This series is extremely well organised (and funded). There were three helicopters and 6 jetskis, two rubber duckies and plenty of lifeguards around all vantage points checking on all competitors.
The Margaret River Drug Aware Pro surfing contest is on at the moment. All the worlds top surfers are down there. These guys are so dedicated they go to nearby surf breaks to practise when they are not competing. These shots are of Mick Fanning at Gas Bay.
I cant recall ever seeing so many people at Meelup. The carparks were full, the access road had cars parked both sides (restricting the road to a single lane – with cars trying to go through in both directions), and the bypass road had cars parked everywhere. Traffic chaos. It was a huge party, as you can see.
As the temperature was around 40C it was a thirsty day, and it seemed most were making sure they didn’t get dehydrated!
I went into the Busselton Ironman this morning. The pro start was at 5:30, so it was an early rise. I was amazed by the sheer scale of the event, and the number of people watching at 5:30am. The bicycle compound had 1360 high tech bicycles in it for example! Here are some shots.