I enjoy living with so many beautiful places so close around, and I also enjoy showing these places off to friends who visit me. Last week - on one of the few days without rain - I took a couple of friends for a quick visit to places around here that I especially enjoy.
We drove first to Inskip Point and walked from the parking place out onto the sand at the end of the point. Unfortunately there were no shorebirds waiting for us as there were too many people around and the tide was not right. However, the scenery is always beautiful - this photo is looking from the road over towards Fraser Island.
There are always bush birds to see and this little Red-backed Fairy Wren was fluttering around in the same tree where I saw a pair last time. I wonder if there is a nest close by.
We then drove on to Carlo where there is a ramp for boat launching and various other boats moored to the docks. There are also picnic tables and shelters - a perfect place to sit and eat and enjoy the sound of the birds high in the trees above. We saw a group of pelicans further along the shoreline and were walking towards them when they suddenly moved and swam past us. There were a couple of small boats just coming in to land and the birds obviously were hoping for a hand-out! When it didn't happen quickly enough a couple of them flew up and perched on one of the lamp stands. It always seems strange to me to see these big birds perched way up high like that.
There were other people sitting at another picnic table and I don't know if these crows were being fed or if they just hoped to be. I realized a while ago that I had never photographed crows up close. They are handsome birds but I can't help thinking of the old saying - "handsome is as handsome does"- and crows are noisy bullies and have the nasty habit of taking small birds out of nests and sitting and eating them while the parent birds scream and cry in frustration!
We then drove back to Rainbow Beach and looked at the beach from the viewing platform close to the surf club building. This photo is looking north along the beach.
This photo is looking south towards the lighthouse on Double Island Point.
The Seary's Creek picnic area is on the way home. There is a board walk through the bush which leads down along the creek. It's beautiful and peaceful and I am always fascinated by the color of the water and the reflections of the trees and bushes in it.