This is not the first "washout" that we have had at Inskip but it is the first one that took property with it. I have counted five such washouts since I have lived here. The first one I photographed was in 2011 - a few days after it happened so the steep edges have had a chance to start to fill in.
There was another similar one in 2012 and very close to the previous one. This one nearly took the road to the end of the Point.
The one I found the most spectacular was in 2013 and half the area of the sand Point washed away in a very short time. I posted about it here.
This time it made the headlines because there was property lost and so many people involved. Before it started to wash away the edge of the sea was a couple of hundred meters from the camp site. This all happened late Saturday night and I went out and photographed it yesterday - Monday. It appeared that the 4 wheel drive had been pulled out of the water - and possibly the camper trailer - but the caravan was still lying in the water and gently rocking on the tide! I need to make a correction! Everything settled down into the soft sand! The next day they managed to pull out the camper trailer but the 4 wheel drive vehicle is still down there somewhere!
I had been out to Inskip last week to see what shorebirds were around but there were so many people and cars around that the only shorebirds were out on the sand island. This was at 6:30 am! (How could I have forgotten it is school holidays right now??!!)
The only good photo op was a pelican - but there are only so many pelicans I want to photo!
I set off for home but decided to take a quick trip down to Bullock Point which is on the opposite side of the bay. It seemed as if I was out of luck there as well and I was about to drive off when I looked up onto the big mast of a boat that was tied up to the shore. This boat has been there for quite a while and it appears that the people are not living on it right now. Anyway - this beautiful Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) was quite comfortable resting there. This is a young bird as the feathers are more brown than grey.