When I feel desolate, I need the open ocean to blow the cobwebs
away. All the city beaches are on the Gulf so we headed to Goolwa
and the Southern Ocean.
I love going there although it is a longish drive as it is quite near
the mouth of the Murray river. At Goolwa there are barrages
across the river and because of the recent rains, the river level
was up and quite a few sluice gates were open and the birds were
in a feeding frenzy as the fish rich water gushed out.
Masses of Cormorants, a few Pelicans and a number of adult
and juvenile Terns were involved in fast moving duck dives
and sudden up periscopes.
Flying back a bit and grazing the churning water against the
The one below had just hit the water after a flight jockeying
Constantly on the move, this one I managed to catch in flight.
Seldom staying in one position for a good shot.
This Pelican seemed pleased with himself as he was constantly
A quick dive, crowned with success.
Small wonder that he was pleased with himself until . . .
he ducked as
a tern flew overhead, he probably thought it was the axe
There were terns aplenty, both adult and juvenile. They are such swift flyers
that it is not easy to get a clear shot at them.