After night-long rain we expected the dams to flood over, racing through to the swamp between us and the lagoon. There was so much rain, over 200ml (8 inches) so both overflows were working! A huge storm cell hung over us all day, and rain continued the next night. We did manage to get out in short break and wade through the swollen creeks and flooded track to see Mullimburra ICOLL had broken through to the sea.
Black sand from the lagoon, created over many cycles of seaweeds coming and decomposing, was ripped out of the lagoon bottom, and uncovered in layers of cleaner sand, to be washed in to the sea. The ocean turned frothy brown, with winds blowing the froth into balls that rolled along the beach. How exciting to witness these times of change!
We walked the beach, but it was quite hazardous crossing the lagoon, as the stony bottom (usually covered by sand) was hard on our feet and visibility was poor. A pair of pied oystercatchers, and our home magpies, were checking the debris for something edible. We picked up a few bits of plastic rubbish, thrown up by the big seas, bravely recrossed the lagoon, and made our way home. Lichens on the casuarinas were glowing, vibrant in the wet conditions.
Today the birds are rejoicing, flying and calling in large groups, feeding on all the insects that are out after the rain … my next post.
For another look at changes along our beaches try this one http://morselsandscraps.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/rain/