Bermie is picturesque small town on the NSW south coast. It features in novels and films, and has an undoubtedly arty community. I had to visit a few days ago to use an ATM where I could change my pin number on some new cards before our trip. All the new ATMs of the kind I use belong to a banking group, rather than credit unions, and do not have the pin change facility for my cards. However this one at Bermagui belongs to a credit union, so it all worked for me there.
Bermie is famous for deep sea fishing, and has a huge Fisherman’s Co-Operative. Most of the fish caught locally goes up to Sydney or down to Melbourne and is sold through the big fish markets there. I walked out on the point overlooking the town and the sea, to capture this photo of Gulaga, sacred women’s mountain. Usually I see her from the north, so to have this view from the south is quite special for me.
Peewees and Masked Lapwing were also enjoying the warm sunshine and grubs in the mown grass.
There were a pair of Peewees hunting together, but too fast for me! Lucky I have this one to show you. The Masked Lapwing on the other hand are a photographer’s delight. They stand very still, watching and listening for their prey, and they are not particularly disturbed by people. These are the ‘silly’ birds I first knew from their habit of nesting in the centre of roundabouts or on footpaths in the city!
I was conscious of having to meet my friend for an early lunch,so did not spend time here, and was just about to leave when this young Sea Eagle flew over.
Sunlight sparkled on the sea, which was calm and inviting, a typical autumn day here on the South Coast.
Leaving town I had to stop again at the marina, where I could see pelicans sitting on the piers. Boats always look attractive to me, especially with water and sunshine!
A group of Wood Ducks were sun-baking, scarcely noticing me as I slipped by.
and then there were the pelicans, one of which I posted yesterday. Perhaps they had breakfasted early with the fishermen?
One last peek at those Wood Ducks … and I was off to lunch.
I hope you can find somewhere warm to enjoy a restful moment today!