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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Stingrays Seals and Sea Eagles

It was BBQ time, the first of many. With a gas BBQ on the site at Sanctuary Point one might as well use it. Love the fact that wherever one goes, rest sites, beach sites etc, a gas BBQ is supplied for anyone's use. One for the UK to adopt perhaps?

Only travelled 200 kilometres yesterday to a place called Narooma. Still on route to Edan, which is  another 134k from Narooma, we happened to pass a place called Bendalong where Stingrays had been seen playing amongst the surf. Of course we just had to stop and see for ourselves.

This Pelican was not at all happy being pursued by the Stingray
 Oh I would so have loved to get in with the snorkel and seen them up close but knowing the distances here in Oz and wanting to at least make some headway towards the Great Ocean Road, viewing from the shore was our only option.

On reaching Narooma we pulled into the Surf Beach campsite and decided to stay for two nights. Again on route we happened to spy a sign for the gold rush colony. Only 50k back along the Pacific Highway it was another must do experience planned for the 'morrow.

Surf Beach caravan park is virtually on the beach front and from our plot the waves crashing on the rocks can be seen from the caravan window.

A walk along the beach

  On arrival we were told we must go see the seals just down the road and for once 'down the road' didn’t mean 20K away!!! Also a hole in a rock caused by the elements had to be seen and was almost the exact shape of Australia. How uncanny was that! Not only were the seals in residence but 3 Sea Eagles were flying overhead and to make it even more magical, a whale was seen off shore. 

Montague Island in the distance.

Sea Eagle being mobbed by a crow

Gosh I have been lucky with the wildlife sightings. Also seen but not photographed were Wallabies in the scrubland, an Echidna wandering across the road and also, unfortunately, a dead Wombat. Now if I could just catch a glimpse of a Duck-billed Platypus I would be one very happy bunnie.!

1 comment:

Marilyn McDonald said...

I was thinking as I read this that you must be loving the wildlife you are seeing, Irene. I am very glad that you were NOT in the water with the stingray, girl - not a top trick at all: think Steve Irwin.
Cheers, M

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