Apollo Bay. It was a fantastic trip, but this bird nerd was very happy to go home afterwards. I was sick, and fell twice, so wasn’t able to get as much out of the 4 days as I’d hoped. By the end, I didn’t really care if I saw new birds or not. I wanted to get some lovely photos but was more keen on going back home to my bed.
(Or, as it turned out, the bed couch. I was coughing so much I didn’t want to share the bed with my partner who I really, really missed.)
This post is more about the random sightings that happened when Sethy was hankering to go outside but no-one else was ready – or mum and dad needed time to do chores. I’d grab Seth, head down to the beach for an hour, and my parents could get stuff done without both of us getting in the way.
Random blackbird who had a bad haircut.
A view of the black faced cormorants who loved this black floaty thingy. I had gotten photos of them resting on it on my last visit, but you couldn’t see any of their faces. My friends said there was a good chance it was them, as they had taken photos of them in the exact same location. So, I returned here a number of times to check out the birds.
I noticed that things were very variable. When we went on the boat trip, there was a lot of terns in the harbour that I wanted to photograph. When I returned, they weren’t there. I couldn’t find consistent behaviour with a lot of the birds, it was very much luck.
Which was fine, as I ended up getting the photos I wanted. It would have made for a different story though if we were on a strict birding timeline!
This series of photos was taken in a beach between the main foreshore and the barham river mouth. We were walking along and we could see a seagull eating something largeish. I wondering it if was a stingray. When we got closer, it looked like it may have been a cuttlefish. I’m leaning towards that as there were a lot of cuttlefish washed up on the beach.
We walked to the area just behind the harbour/marina and come across these interesting rocks. Personally, they were more intriguing then the marengo rockpools and about 2km closer!
We also found what we think is a cone snail.
There was a dude feeding, and photographing, the tame yet wild geese. There were more then the last time I was here.
Sethy, being the made adventurer that he is, also found what we are thinking is a dead globefish.
Apollo Bay is great for all nature nerds, but this holiday taught us that you don’t have to venture to the main tourist attractions to find interesting animals. You can do and see so much within a 1km radius of town if you wander along the right areas.
I *am* keen to go further afield, especially in regards to hikes. Just need to work out finances and logistics! 🙂 It is such an underrated little township.