A walk around the island

We hadn’t run a Coochiemudlo Island trip for a while, so it was very pleasant to be back on the island, this time with a gentleman from England who had been on three of our other tours and his friend from USA.

Low tide below the red cliffs
Low tide below the red cliffs

The tide was low as we arrived, so as we neared the red cliffs the island derives its name from I was scanning the beach for soldier crabs hoping they hadn’t already finished their foraging and headed back into their burrows.

Soon they appeared as a vague shadow moving across the sand, so we hurried over for a closer look. A white ibis was also very interested, and it was at least good to see one eating something natural rather than picnic scraps

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When disturbed, the crabs quickly bury themselves, then reappear a few minutes later.  After feeding, they will all o so and wait for the next low tide.

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Birds seen that day included the following:

Brahminy kite
Brahminy kite
Striated heron
Striated heron
Pied oystter catchers
Pied oyster catchers
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Bush stone-curlew
Bush stone-curlew, subject of annual counts on the island
Laughing kookaburra, just after pouncing from above to catch an insect on the ground
Laughing kookaburra, just after pouncing from above to catch an insect on the ground
A pied butcherbird apparently helping to protect island residents
A pied butcherbird apparently helping to protect island residents
and an Australian pelican taking a nap near the mainland jetty
and an Australian pelican taking a nap near the mainland jetty

The banksias were starting to bloom, and should soon attract lots of nectar feeders

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I almost expect the mangroves here to start walking like triffids

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but this rather tattered eggfly found them safe enough to settle on

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After a seafood lunch at Red Rock Cafe we headed back to the mainland to look for wallabies for our American guest, and found them at two locations within Redands before our final journey back to the city

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