Those who live by the sea know that it is constantly changing and also changing the land that it washes against. This past week the sea has changed Inskip Point! About half of the Point has been washed away. Apparently it happened very quickly and while people were there to see it happen. Chanel 7 TV local news had a little video showing what happened and it is still up on their Facebook page -LINK
(Sorry! That video link is not playing at all for me this morning!)
Here are my photos of what the Point is like now - but unfortunately I cannot get the same perspective as the TV news has with their view from a helicopter. The barges to Fraser Island are now picking up vehicles right at the end of the point where the sand now drops into the water very steeply.
The photos above were taken last week a day after the wash-out and it appears to me this morning that there might even be a little more washed away.
I was out there soon after sunrise this morning - before there were people or cars around. There were numbers of Terns roosting on the sand. These are Caspian Terns - the largest Tern we see around here.
There were also numbers of Crested Terns which are so common here that I didn't even try to get photos of them. However, they are out of focus in this photo of Double-banded Plovers which were also roosting out there.
The Double-banded Plovers, that we see here, breed in the braided river channels in South New Zealand and spend their winter here in Australia where it is lots warmer. They will soon return to New Zealand for the breeding season and this morning I saw numbers of them in breeding plumage and nice and plump ready for their flight. With shorebirds - fat is energy! - and they burn it all up on their migration flights.
It took me ages to get close to these little fellows. I shuffled forward a foot or so at a time! Then suddenly all the birds on the Point flew up and away. I looked around and there was a dog - off the lead - and having a lovely time! All dogs are supposed to be on leads out at Inskip Point! I looked for the owner and he/she called the dog back and then went back into the bush beside the track - still without putting the dog on its lead!
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