Remember the ad that Qld tourism ran a few years back "Beautiful one day - Perfect the next!" Well that was this morning - just perfect!
I kayaked out from the Mullens picnic area just a few hundred meters south around the mangroves on the southern edge of the creek. There has always been a roost there of Terek Sandpipers and Grey-tailed Tattlers but so far this year I hadn't seen any birds. I needed to get out on a very early high tide before any boats went out that way and frightened off the birds. The tide this morning was high somewhere between 6 and 7 am. At this time everything is still and clear. I was delighted to find about 60 birds there - so I had been right - they had apparently been frightened off other mornings. Unfortunately I could not get any close photos of the birds but these scenic photos will show how beautiful it was.
Looking south along the edge of the bay. I have just learnt how to edit the exif data and add in GPS data. If you are interested I have left the data on this photo and you can look at those coordinates and then look them up on Google Earth. (Sorry to all who tried this - I didn't realize that blogger stripped this data off when I uploaded the photos. Must try and find a way around it- but it may take a while!!)
The birds were all on the little patch of sand just beyond the mangroves.
Looking north from the same place.
Looking back west to the car park which is only a few hundred meters away.
At high tide Mullens Creek fills up with a good amount of water and some of the locals have taken advantage of it to tie up their boats. At low tide the boat is sitting out on the sand.