Friday, April 24, 2009

Tin Can Bay Foreshore

I am usually so intent on photographing birds that I ignore the scenery around me - but not yesterday. It was a beautiful day and these are a few shots of the bay and foreshore at Tin Can Bay.
Google maps show how the bay surrounds the town. As well as the roads that go beside the bay there are also walking tracks - miles of them! - that are only a few meters from the water.
This area has a large population of retirees and there are many who walk the tracks early in the morning. If you can no longer walk in the morning then its always possible to use a motorized scooter - and many do!
Much of the land is very low lying and covered with paperbark trees. Even on the well-groomed areas of the foreshore there are plenty of areas left where the native grasses, shrubs and trees provide excellent habitat for birds.
Most birds were out of sight in the tree-tops but its always possible to see Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Galahs.


  1. You promised & now you delivered. Great to see the views that greet you every day. Thanks Mick.

  2. Thanks Frank. It's a vastly different world isn't it!

  3. Hi Mick.
    You have lovely scenery yourself!
    Sorry to pose a hard question, but what about global warming? Your area seems so low that I suspect it might start to get inundated at high tides, etc, sooner or later. I suppose it will be gradual changes, so presumably people will adapt.

  4. Thanks Denis. re the tide levels and the waterfront properties - I am often surprised at how close to the water level many folks have built. The extreme tides during cyclone Hamish showed how close the water is. My house is in Cooloola Cove - the next little suburb over - and although I am on low flat land it is still more than 5 M above sea level. I think there will be a lot of very unhappy people in this area if global warming happens the way the models suggest.

  5. Great to see your local area. It prompted me to have a quick look at Google Street View. Looking around Toolara Rd what stood out was the amount of land each property has. Nice to have neighbours, but at a reasonable distance. Is that typical of the area? Also the lack of enormous fences between properties. That is something which has increased in this area especially with new properties in the village.

  6. Hi John, isn't it interesting to see what others think is the 'norm'. I am not sure what the size of a house block is where you live. It varies greatly here - as time goes on developers say they have to pay more to get land developed so they are making house blocks smaller all the time. The most recent land development in my area has blocks that average between 700-800 sq.Meters. Mine is in a part of the town that was developed earlier and it is 2100 sq Meters. re the fences - the smaller the blocks get the more likely the owners are to put up big fences to give them privacy! I have a wire fence - very secure to keep my cat and dog at home - and lots of flowering shrubs, trees, and palms along the boundary. Folks in a new home right behind me were going to put up a big tall fence - then changed their minds telling me they would rather look at my garden!

  7. Hi Mick: It is interesting as you say, what people think of as the norm. A lot of people who have visited me say what a big back garden. Well, it is only 20 x 20m (total plot would be about 800 sq m) and to me it is small to average but as you say rising land costs plus of course maximising profits has made plots smaller and smaller.
    Unfortunately that can also end up meaning less habitat for wildlife.

  8. Hi John, that's very interesting about the size of your house block. From the photos you have posted of your pond and waterfall it certainly seems larger than the dimensions you state. Clever garden design! re habitat for wildlife - to the south and east of here is the Great Sandy National Park which can never be developed. Lots of wildlife in there and only a few rough tracks. I think its an ideal situation! Sometime I must take photos and try to describe what its like.