Monday, September 15, 2008

Early Morning on the Bay

Early morning on the bay is a particularly beautiful time of the day. As the sun comes up everything is tinted silver. With the tide half out and the sand flats exposed every little puddle becomes a silver mirror. This is how the bay looked the other morning.
Cooloola Cove end of the Tin Can Bay Inlet - looking north
Cooloola Cove end of the Tin Can Bay Inlet- looking south
This gum tree was hanging down over the sand. It's roots had been partly loosened by storms this last winter which cut soil away from the shoreline. As I watched a group of little birds flew hurriedly out from among the flowers. They sat on another tree a few metres away and chattered noisily for a few minutes then flew back in among the flowers. Then again they all flew quickly off. This time I saw that there was something bigger in the tree which was scaring the smaller birds. I watched and finally saw that a couple of Noisy Friarbirds were also enjoying the flowers but when the little birds – Brown Honeyeaters – came too close they were chasing them off. I had not seen Noisy Friarbirds do this before, but in my garden they are better matched for size and apparently aggression with the Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Rainbow Lorikeets.
Noisy FriarbirdBrown Honeyeater


  1. Looks kuke the start of a oerfect day. Raining again here.

    Are they little mangrove seedings coming up om the sand/mud flats?

  2. I can't believe I wrote that. I hope you can make sense of it. I'm off to see about getting a finger transplant.

  3. No worries,Mosura! I'm chuckling because I had a conversation with someone just a few days ago about reading what was being written when one had misplaced a hand on the keyboard!
    Yes, those are mangroves coming up on the sand flats. It seems to me there are more of those little plants in the five year I have been up here - so maybe the bay is silting up slowly.

  4. Lovely post, I saw something similar in St.George at dawn with a large honeyeater harrassing a sizeable flock of dusky woodswallows.

  5. Hi Arija, thanks for your comment. It seems strange to me when the tree is full of blossom and there seems enough for all - but I guess its territorial.