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Trevor Ford <>
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:15:38 +1000
I was invited to spend part of last weekend at a birthday celebration in
Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast (look it up - halfway up the right-hand side
of Australia). I was a bit apprehensive, having become accustomed to the
quiet life on Bribie Island (south a bit). The heaving hordes of the
Sunshine Coast aren't really my cup of tea but I took my telescope in
case I could spot anything interesting on the beach!
Well, my 'scope wasn't necessary for the first bit of excitement. Within
a few minutes I was watching four Peregrines flying close to our balcony
- I don't recall ever seeing four in the air together before. It was
spectacular. This was towards the northern end of the main drag at
Mooloolaba's surf beach.
The following day didn't start particularly early but I could soon make
out a Sooty Oystercatcher and Eastern Reef Egrets, both colour phases,
on the distant headland (have we managed to extirpate Wandering Tattlers
from the SEQ coastline?) But the Humpback Whales provided the fun. After
two were seen passing by at fairly close range, another two took about
20 minutes to pass across in front of our balcony, travelling south.
They were breaching, sometimes together, blowing, flipper waving and
splashing, showing their flukes and diving. Wow! Is this off-topic? Some
things you just have to share.
Cheers - Trevor.
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