Channel Bill Coockoos screeched as they flew overhead, calling to the young (who have be raised over the past 4 months by other birds – usually Magpies and Currawong) to join them as they fly back to Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Sydney sees quite a few species of Cuckoos as Summer migrants.
The kids had friends sleep over last night (and others again tonight) so the four kids were up and chirpy. Off to the Fish Market for the Girls and the boys wanted to stay home and play Dinosaurs rather than come and see the high tide in the Saltmarsh.
So a peaceful morning I had at Careel Bay Saltmarsh. I arrived as the tide was full and stepped into the warm shallow water, puffer fish (or Toades) swam first away from me them towards me. When standing still to take photos of the submerged Saltmarsh plants I felt a vibration through my feet. I finally decieded that it was all the activitiy occuring under the ground in the sediment.
After awhile a got a bit freaked and got out, put on my long gum-boots (wellingtons) and went back in – ah better. For 1 hour I was ther ein the shallow water watching schools of small fish swim over the Saltmarsh hide in teh foliage then move over the sand on-mass nibbling at what appeared to be algae. Larger fish alos swam by occassionally – alone not in schools.
A layer of brown film accumulated in the little bays and around clumps of vegetation – on looking closely I observed these places had the tiny fish swimming just under the brown film – hidden from one side of the word (from above) they swam along in 1s and 2s. Less than a cm long and possibly recently hatched.
It is said that 70% of Australian commercial fishes spend part of their life cycle in an Estuary = so places such as careel Bay are of importance on a wide scale. I learnt much in that hour about what happens at high tides plus that I’ve got to work on my fear of dark moving objects close to me in teh water – especially when they turn out to be just Toadies(toad fish).
“Be in Nature and Learn from Nature you Learn much about Yourself” Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha
All the best
Ela way diyi Unli’ta