Sea watches from Coast apart from NSW

To: "Vella" <>
Subject: Sea watches from Coast apart from NSW
From: "David & Sue Harper" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 22:28:38 +0930
ÿþ<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META content="MSHTML 5.00.2614.3500" name=GENERATOR> <STYLE></STYLE> </HEAD> <BODY bgColor=#ffffff> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Hi Edwin and aussers,</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; us South ozzies do a bit of seawatching, but only the masochistic ones! As your aware Adelaide sits on the shores of St Vincent Gulf which in itself is not very productive. The closest and best place in S.A. is Newland Head on the South Coast of Fleurieu Peninsula just West of Victor Harbor. During or just after south-westerly gales are the best times to watch from here. Birds get blown on to the lea shore of the Coorong over night and follow the coast northwards in order to get back&nbsp;out to sea. This brings the birds straight past Newland Head, sometimes quite close. The problem is access. You used to be able to drive up a track from Waitpinga Beach to the back of the headland and then walk a short distance down to the locally famous "ledge" Trouble is National Parks took it over, closed the road and turned it into a walking track. These days to get to the "ledge" you have to walk from the carpark along the soft sand beach for about 2k's then scale the cliffs and walk a further "k" to get to the best vantage point! All the while loaded down with the necessary scopes, wet weather gear and other paraphernalia.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>As you can see you either have to be extremely dedicated or extremely nuts or a bit of both. Consequently us regulars usually have to wait until conditions are ideal before subjecting ourselves to this kind of torture. So far this year we just haven't had the right conditions.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>August September is the best time for Kerguelen Petrel (distant views last year) and as I still "need" that, you can be sure I'm hoping it blows like a banshee for the next two months, and you'll definitely read about it right here on Birding-Aus.</FONT></DIV> <DIV>&nbsp;</DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Cheers</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>David Harper</FONT></DIV> <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>Adelaide</FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>
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