27/12/2017 – Kayaking the Kalgan River

About time I did some kayaking.

An early morning paddle wasn’t so early by the time every one had got organized, (where’s my life jacket, I just need to go to the toilet, forgot my water, etc).  But off we went, I was particularly nervous as this was really my first proper paddle, not just mucking around at the edge of the river.

One thing that they don’t tell you about a “sit-on” type kayak, is that what you sit in – is a puddle of water because you are so low and near the edge that water slops in and doesn’t slop out.  So you may be sitting ‘on’ the kayak, but you are sitting ‘in’ about six inches of water, not very pleasant.  Plus they are more ‘tippy’ – meaning look out they will tip you out (or tip you in), because they are narrower and built to go fast rather than stay upright.  Hmmm, what else didn’t they tell me???

Well I think you are supposed to go in the same direction as the rest of your group, and I can’t even remember what happened here, but things don’t look quite right.  Oh yes, they don’t tell you that you can steer with your feet and don’t have to rely on paddling to turn the kayak.

We took in some lovely scenery, lots of dead trees, birds and some fish jumping.  At about the centre of the photo above, just above the dead trees you can just make out a metal object.

And this is what it looks like close up, an amazing structure, looking rather weather worn and old. Nobody ever found out what the story about it is, but it is certainly a surprise to just come across it from the river.  It is situated on the Luke Pen Walking Trail by the side of the Kalgan River.

It is always worth the effort to get out on the water.  I think I survived reasonably well although I did have sore arm and neck muscles at the end of the day.

AND I didn’t fall out, but I think there is a lot to be said for one of those kayaks where you can actually sit in it and you have a ‘skirt’ which is tight around you and covers the hole so that you don’t get wet every time you lift the paddle up. Oh yes, and I have to remember to keep my arms straight – I can see how well I am doing that from the photos!  We kayaked about 12kms I am told, it was a good work out and one that I hope to repeat.

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18/12/2016 – Kite Surfing and Osprey Washing


Yet another beautiful day on the Swan River, everyone preparing to kite surf, wind surf or simply relax.


Always room for one more, but it is starting to look crowded.


A few wind surfers soar past.


Now what is this I see out on the Point Walter spit.


An Osprey taking a bath.


Not too cold, no one around, a quick duck under, feathers out.


Clean but rather wet.


Looking better, now off to dry out somewhere.

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3/12/2016 – Finally my sister has arrived from Queensland

I have waited about ten months for Chris and her partner Bruce to get here.  They have been traveling around Australia with 4WD and camper trailer, and appear to have been having a ball.  Bruce managed to pick up a kayak along the way, so with that, Linda’s canoe and my SUP board we are set to go.


I took them to Kent Street Weir, it was quite windy so we decided to go upstream, which turned out to be a very good choice.  You can just see cormorants in the tree drying out and a couple of nests.


Here is a closer view of the nests, the bird noises were very loud and raucous, young birds crying out for food and older ones squabbling.


Chris and Bruce had got ahead of me as I was taking photographs.  Another great spot in Perth.


Bruce on the camera this time.


Messing about on the river again!!!


Chris looks like she is heading for the bushes as I look on.  Lots to explore and experience.

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8/07/2016 – Peace and Serenity


Here is our campground the next morning, so quiet and peaceful.


Looking out over the bay.  This area is apparently where many dugongs come to feed and mate in another season.

The Dugong (Dugong dugon), sometimes referred to as a sea cow, is the only true  marine mammalian herbivore. It is a strange looking creature with a head designed to ‘vacuum’ seagrass off the sea floor and a dolphin-like tail. It is thought that the legend of the mermaid came about after sailors who had spent too long at sea, spied the dugong and thought they were beautiful women with fish tails. Its closest living relative is the manatee – a freshwater version of the Dugong.  Despite appearances they are not so closely related to other sea mammals, rather more related to elephants.


But look to the left, and ….. where has all the water gone?  Not to worry it is just low tide.  Shark Bay has the world’s second largest dugong population, 15,000 dugongs, and is the world’s most significant dugong behavioural research site.  Disappointed not to see any, but there is always next time.  Further to the left are copious beds of seagrass that the dugongs come in to feed on during the mating season.


What an amazing day.


Linda took this beautiful photo of a … bird.   Not sure what species this is,  help please?   I decided to play around with my software and see if I could bring out the best of it.


Very pleased with this, and I think it is a Caspian Tern?

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