Perth

FUN ON THE SWAN RIVER

18/12/2016 – Kite Surfing and Osprey Washing

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

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

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A few wind surfers soar past.

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

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An Osprey taking a bath.

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

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Clean but rather wet.

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Looking better, now off to dry out somewhere.

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PADDLE BOARDING UPSTREAM FROM KENT STREET WEIR

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Bruce on the camera this time.

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Messing about on the river again!!!

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

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FROM RAVENSWOOD TO MANDURAH INLET

28/09/2016 – A quiet few days on a boat

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We put the boat in at Ravenswood, all set for a few relaxing days on the river.

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Going down river towards Colin’s Pool, looking for somewhere to stop for the night.

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Yeah, just woke up.

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And I am not the only one who is slow in the morning!!!

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That’s better, a nice cup of tea and the weather is warming up.  About time I finally tried out the self timer on my camera.

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A beautiful day in the inlet, warm, blue and peaceful.

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And the pelicans agree.  Wonderfully relaxing.

“there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing,” he went on dreamily: “messing—about—in—boats;”

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Ch 1: The River Bank

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ECHIDNA TRAIL – WALYUNGA NATIONAL PARK

23/07/2016 – Echidna Trail, Bushwalk

Walyunga National Park covers 1,800 hectares of the Darling Range, tucked behind the Darling Scarp, covering both sides of a steep valley.  Just to the east of the park, in the picturesque Avon Valley, the Avon River joins the Brockman River to form the Swan River which passes through the tree lined valley.

This was an Action Outdoors Association event, “Walking on a generally good path but some steep gradients and gravelly slopes so wear study shoes. Bring refreshments for morning tea and lunch.”

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We set off at a good pace, lovely day, good friends and always lots to talk about and share.  Initially we walk through marri and wandoo woodland, seeing good views of the Avon Valley from Woodsome Hill.

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Then the track descends steeply down to the Avon River, and to Syd’s Rapids, white water and some kayakers practicing their skills.

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This part looks rather daunting.

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Anne Marie and Mia couldn’t resist the urge to get some good photographs.

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Then we came upon these hanging posts where kayakers practice, sorry I don’t know what they are called, but it all looked very interesting.  Bearing in mind that the Avon Descent is next week, we did expect to see some action.

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I doubled back after the walk and watched the kayaks for a while.  Next weekend could be interesting.

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