This Egret missed the fish this time.
This pelican was nearby. They are great birds to photograph, and remarkably agile for a bird that size. These were both taken on Toby’s Inlet.
Many years ago I recall the Water Corporation were criticized because the Derby Wastewater Treatment Plant was discharging to the environment. It seemed odd at the time because discharges in that location did not seem to be likely to cause problems. One of the last things we did on our recent trip out the Gibb River Road was to visit the Derby Wetlands. This is a wetland created by allowing controlled discharge from the very same wastewater treatment plant. It seems the discharges created an internationally important wetland and now this has to be maintained!
I think these are black winged stilts. Very elegant.
The other night I went down to Smith’s Beach to catch the sunset. A young girl, complete with walkman, arrived about the same time as I did, and went off towards Torpedo rocks for a run. She was gone for quite a while and returned Later. At just the right place she stopped, and began doing stretching exercises.
I have cropped the bottom of image since I originally posted it. I think this version conveys the feeling of the wide expanse of Smiths Beach better, and highlights the girl better. Cropping the bottom off has given it a more panoramic look that seems easier to look at.
However the original version had more of the the dark expanse of water at the bottom of the image and had a moody, unsettling effect (at least I thought so). Perhaps there are two worthwhile images in this. Here is the original. Does anyone have a preference?
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.