Well nearly. I went out to Sandpatches again yesterday and my favourite dolphin pod was there playing in the surf, leaping out of the water, and what appears to be hunting fish.
At one stage I thought a dolphin had caught a fish and had it in its mouth, shaking it. However when I photographed the dolphin it turned out to be a piece of seaweed. The dolphin (or maybe more than one was involved – very hard to tell) was catching it, throwing it up in the air, and chasing after it. They seemed to be having a lot of fun.
Here are some images.
The dolphin(s) was obviously playing some game with the seaweed. Very curious!
In my Cosy Corner in Winter post I mentioned that the lime green weed in the image gets bleached by the sun and turns white. Here is an image of similar weed that has been bleached. Either way green or white the weed provides dramatic color to contrast with the surroundings.
This was taken south of Redgate Beach.
If you are wondering why I am posting images from winter, the reason is that the weather here lately has been perfect, max 28, min 18, blue skies, and no clouds. Terrible for photography – not a decent sunrise or sunset anywhere!
This image is of the beach at Cosy Corner (down towards Cape Leeuwin). The green is a weed that grows on the reef over winter, and it can be a real lime green colour. As summer approaches the sun bleaches the weed, and it turns white. Later in the summer this gets covered by sand. However when the weed is visible (green or white) it contrasts beautifully with the colours of the sand, and ocean.
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.