We use a small electric motor on our canoe, so that we can go further when we need to. This was the first excursion for almost a year, but the calm warm weather was just right, and I hoped to photograph a few birds. We drove to the other side of Tuross Lake and put the canoe in at the Horse Island bridge. Our plan was to potter around a small island, but we met a dead end so doubled back and circumnavigated larger Horse Island instead. Would you like to come along? It was very quiet, with occasional bird calls, soft sounds of water, and a couple of times the sound a motor boat in the distance.
We turned around after photographing the Azure Kingfisher, we could go no further. Then we headed out into open water, passing the ocasional water bird, such as pelican, cormorant, herons, and watching raptors hunting above us. Soon we passed some speed boats, and a quiet fisherman in his kayak. We kept Horse Island on our right, passing the managers house, the fine grounds, and the grand house. Here we could see the easternmost section of the lake, where it opens to the sea, and the boat hire place and cafes.
Next was a shallow section, so we got out and walked the canoe over. I was glad I had worn my new Keen’s, perfect for walking in the water. A little beach next to the Horse Island airstrip beckoned. So we sat for a while eating our apples and wondering about all the shells in the water … obviously old. They were coming from a thick layer of shells in the eroding bank beside us. I wonder how old they are? In this section we met more birds.
This time I photographed the White-faced Heron, A White-bellied Sea Eagle, various cormorants, and a Darter. It is tricky from a moving canoe, but good fun to try. After two hours on the lake we arrived back at the Horse Island bridge, loaded the canoe onto the trailer and headed home.
I forget to show you the shells coming from the eroding bank on Horse Island. Here they are: