I’ve checked the time. Well, it’s around 3.00, but, more importantly, it’s low tide o’clock.
Perfect time for walking on the beach.
(No I don’t know what we did before the internet. I mean, there are tide charts you can buy in the newsagents, but seriously.. when you can get this online, for the current tide situation for your local beach, why would you?!)
Yeah, it’s cloudy, but I don’t think it’ll rain on us yet.
Heading north again… should go south every now and then, but I seem to swing automatically north all the time. Easy walking I suppose…..
Up to the rocks… really exposed today. Always different. Sometimes they’re all buried in sand.
You know we’re the only people on this stretch of beach at the moment. Just for now. Just us….
…. and a bunch of galahs.
Down under, if you called a group of people a ‘bunch of galahs’, you’d mean they were a group of people being silly. I suppose it comes from the racket a bunch of them can make. (mp3 file link). I saw one once doing a loop the loop over a telegraph wire – was a bit hard to concentrate on the game of tennis I was playing at the time. So maybe they are clowns, and the idiom is warranted.
How do I know they’re galahs? (Silhouetted against the cloud like that..) I can just make out the the pink breasts and heads.
And just nearby… a kookaburra. (Singing…”Kookaburra sits in an old gum tree…” hey, have you heard about Men at Work being sued for copyright infringement by using the tune to Kookaburra in a flute riff in the famous song ‘Down Under‘? )
Time to head back.
Ooh dear, looks a bit black back in the direction of home…
This is turning out to be a bit of a birdwatching walk.
All day I’d heard this sound .
Definitely those yellow tailed black cockatoos.
They are big buggers. Noisy buggers too (as you can hear from the sound file!)
I can hear them again down here… There they are! Let’s try and get a bit closer…
[I’m cheating a bit – this was actually yesterday afternoon. It did start raining not long after I got home, we had storms all through the night, it’s rained on and off today, and right now (;ate Friday night) it’s bucketing down outside.
Local town/city has had more than here I reckon – officially 375mm (about 15 inches) of rain in the past 24 hours, and it’s still going. Bit of local flooding going on…]