I went to an old favourite beach today – one of the prettiest parts of the Cape to Cape Walk. On the way in the wildfires are stunning – a legacy of the bushfires. This is a view of the beach – glorious white sands.
These were from the same shoot as the last one.
In this second image the water flows very fast into this little bay. If you drop something in there it is gone forever!
Here is another example.
The stormy setting made for some interesting images – enjoyable until the rain came.
I went to Kilcarnup with Mark Stothard this morning. It had been raining solidly all night, but we saw on the radar that the southern edge of the rain band was level with Kilcarnup, so it was worth a try. There were a couple of showers early but we managed about 90 minutes before we saw a solid band of very black cloud from horizon to horizon. At that point we gave up and headed back to the car in the rain. Here is one of my efforts.
I went down to Kilcarnup where there is alarge Osprey nest. Each year I have been there a pair of Ospreys have been there and they raise 2-3 chicks each time. They normally leave the nest around October, so this time they were well and truly out. THis year I think they have had 3 chicks. The mother was feeding the other bird in the nest. I am pretty sure the pair of Osprey outside the nest were young chicks waiting for dad to return home. (These Osprey have nothing to do with the Osprey in the previous post).
I was hoping they would go for a quick flight, but all they did was look at me.
I went down to Kilcarnup again today to get a shot of the Osprey chick in the nest before it grew up and left. They grow very quickly and in a few weeks they are nearly full size. Last time I was there the chick was only just tall enough to peek above the rim of the nest, but today it had grown a lot. It was still happy to hide behind mum when I appeared and I had to wait to get the shot.
When I have been there previously I noticed mum seems to get “cabin fever” about every hour and takes off for a quick flight. This time she was checking me out and with the strong sea breeze was able to hover directly above me – a bit scary because Osprey’s have formidable beaks and claws. I was lying on my back to get this shot – partly because I wanted to keep an eye on her! The nest is on a small limestone outcrop which is a small island, so they feel pretty sure that I can’t get to the nest. I am sure she just wanted to stretch her wings and to give me the message that I was to stay away.
While I was at Kilcarnup photographing the Ospreys I got a number of good images. Here are some samples.
Access to Kilcarnup is by 4WD only, and in summer the track is very boggy. In summer you can walk up from the mouth of the Margaret River when the sandbar is across the river mouth. It is about 3k.
I went with a friend for a walk along a section of the Cape to Cape Trail this morning. We parked one car at the Margaret River Rivermouth car park, and then drove back to the Ellenbrook homestead. This way we don’t have to backtrack. This was a 12.5 km walk. Instead of following the track which goes inland from Ellenbrook to the Boodjidup river mouth, we walked along the rocks and beach.
At the point where the track rejoins the beach you get this view. The sand is pure white and very fine. Most of the sand beaches along the Cape to Cape region are a yellowy/grey sand but this section is dazzling. The limestone formation on the left is called Joey’s nose. I am not sure who Joey was but he must have had a good sense of smell.
At this point we still had to walk about 2km past the headland you can see in the distance. It was a very pleasant walk. The second image is a slightly different view of the same stretch of beach.
The afternoon I first saw Kilcarnup beach was unforgettable. This is one of the prettiest beaches along the Cape to Cape trail. The day we came here the wind was dead calm, the tide was out and people were standing out on the reef 100m from shore. Around the headland are a series of small bays surrounded by limestone cliffs. One of the bays has several small limestone outcrops and on one their is an Osprey nest. Apparently they nest each year, and the young hatch around October. They seem to build up the nest each year and it is now a massive size.
Access to the beach is by 4WD only, or by walking from the mouth of the Margaret River (not possible in winter), or by walking in from the north.