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Bird Photography: Crescent Heads July 2020

 

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Regent-Bowerbird

 

Sightings of the above ‘Regent Bowerbird’ are usually very rare. This pic was my sole sighting over 7 days at Crescent Heads, ‘it was there one moment and gone the next’. Reportedly one of the quietest Bowerbirds, seldom calling away from the bower, usually just soft grating calls.

I would spend about an hour each morning photographing the local bird life that were relatively few in number due to the winter months and I am sure would be more plentiful during spring. Most mornings were spent at a variety of areas surrounding the Crescent Head beach, mainly north and south sides, although on one morning I took a drive to Hat Head and walked around the headland, but being closer to mid-day I only saw a few birds in the Hat Head National Park. Birds that were new to me included the ‘White-cheeked-Honeyeater’, (I thought it was a Yellow Faced Honeyeater like we have down here in the Morton National Parks.) Nor was I familiar with the ‘Fantail-Cuckoo’, the ‘Masked-Lapwing’, the ‘Brown-Thornbill’ and the ‘Rufous-Whistler’. A very pretty bird and there were many of them was the ‘Welcome-swallow’. I hope you enjoy looking at the different species.

I would like to acknowledge bird enthusiast Charles Dove who helped me identify the various bird types.

Best to click and make the pics bigger

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Crescent Heads Pilgrimage July 2020

 

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Crescent Heads was picture perfect last week whilst the NSW South Coast was being pounded by gale force winds and a huge surf. Water temperature reportedly around the 20.c mark with the sun shining and most people in shirts and shorts. I took a number of pics from a distance to give those who have never been to this surfing mecca a broader view of how it looks. The waves present a easy slow run for a distance varying from 200 metres to 400 metres in length, with a variety of areas to catch your ideal wave.

Why travelled anywhere else for a perfect surf that is suitable for all skill levels?

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Swimmers e-news, returns thanks to Kelly

 

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Billy R. releases his humorous epistle on the 8 am Mollymook Ocean Swimmers (Pic above features Rod Austin on the cover)

 

Billy (Rusho) handed out his 8 page epistle yesterday to the 8.00 am swimmers. Talking to various swimmers it was very well received. Comments such as: “Its nice to have some humour in this ongoing difficult COVID-19 period.

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Week in Review: Swimmers and the Big Surf

 

The week in Review – Mollymook Ocean Swimmers tackle the big seas

 

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Tony comes adrift big time

 

To celebrate the ending of COVID-19 restrictions, Huey sent through a big surf this past week to test the forgotten skills of the local surfers. Attached are a few examples of the fun experienced during the bigger than normal surfing conditions.

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Great surf to celebrate the end of COVID-19

 

Finally a great surf arrives to mark the end of the COVID-19 lockdown

 

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Greg duck’s just in time to miss the surfer’s board.

Mollymook Milton Ulladulla – OPEN – June 1

 

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If your last holiday feels like a decade ago, you’re in luck! The New South Wales Government has announced that recreational travel for holidays can resume from June 1, 2020. Tourist are being warmly welcomed back to the beautiful area of Mollymook Milton Ulladulla.  

You’ve earned a break, make a booking today

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Super Moon rises over Mollymook

 

A SUPER MOON rises over Mollymook, NSW. 

 

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Super moon (reddish colour) appeared early Friday evening over the Mollymook ‘Golf Course’ Surfing Reef.

 

A super moon happens when the full moon falls near the point at which the Moon is closest to Earth. Unlike the other astronomical events in the sky earlier this past week such the meteor shower we witnessed, the full Moon is much easy to find as it rises in all it’s glory in the evening. This year, it’s primary period was Thursday and Friday nights, May 7 and 8.

From Wikipedia: A super moon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee (i.e. the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit) It results in a slightly larger than usual apparent size as viewed from Earth. 

… a new or full moon occurs in short when, the Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with the Moon in its nearest approach to Earth according to Richard Nolle, Dell Horoscope Magazine, 1979

If you missed it, you’ll have to wait until April 26 next year to see the next one.

Mothers & Grand-Mothers Day Swim

 

Mother’s Day (and Grand-Mother’s) Length of Beach Swim

 

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(Above) Sunrise at Mollymook prior to the ‘social distancing’ length of beach swim to mark ‘Mother’s and Grand-Mother’s day’

Below: Swimming well apart from one another, a number of swimmers joined in at various times keeping their distance and ensuring there was no congregating for this 2 km length of Mollymook Beach ‘fun’ swim. Issi commented afterwards that the swim  was in aqua blue conditions all the way, water so clear, possibly the best conditions ever.

Heather wrote: Thanks to Isabella & Helen for such a lovely Grandmother’s day swim this morning, (even though I am not one yet!!!) thoroughly  enjoyable & I made it to the end, it’s been a long time since I swam so far!!! 

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The Eta Aquarids meteor shower

 

Last nights effort to capture the ‘Eta Aquarids’ meteor shower above Mollymook

 

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Pic of the moon last night

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Pic of the bright star directly above

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‘Shooting stars’

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‘Shooting stars’

 

 Wikipedia records : A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky. These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories.

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaked on the nights of April 4 and 5! The spectacle is brought to us as the planet orbits through the path of debris left behind by Halley’s comet! The meteor shower – shooting stars, look like stars that quickly shoot across the sky, but they are not stars. A shooting star is really a small piece of rock or dust that hits Earth’s atmosphere from space. It moves so fast that it heats up and glows as it moves through the atmosphere.

(Most of the above images were shot between 4.00 am and 4.30 am this morning. You just sit and sit and then you will see some. Later after the 5.30 am news someone rang in and saw a spectacular display just before 5.30 am. So you have to be patient)

Social Distancing during Ocean Swimming

 

Swimming in pairs for exercise

 

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The May 3, 2020 was the date for the cancelled Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic, 2 km Length of the Beach. (Pic credit, Dr Katie)

 

The boy’s swam in two’s maintaining ‘social distancing’. 1st pair home were Tony then Garry. 2nd pair home Ed then Ben.

 

Next Sunday, May 10 on Mothers Day:

Helen and Isabel thought to make Mothers Day special, they are planning to do a length of beach informal fun swim – starting at North Molly at 7.30 am, and of course following the Covid-19 restrictions, swimming safely in 2’s.  Just for fun – we’re calling it the “Grandma’s Covid-19 – 2020 One and Only Mollymook Swim -Grandmothers Rool”.  And of course it’s not a race, its a swim.  Swim wearing wet suits, flippers, 2-3 hats, whatever makes you happy to celebrate Mothers/Grandmothers Day.   And of course….. boys, your welcome too! We will swim in two’s maintaining the ‘social distancing’ rules. 

Steve shares COVID-19 Isolation experience

 

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Memories: Steve competing in one of the past 2 km Mollymook Ocean Swim Classics 

Steve finds time to practice playing the ukulele

Hello to all the Mollymook swimmers. I’ve really missed your company during and after the beautiful morning swims. My only regret is that I should have started swimming with you guys earlier instead of just doing my own swims at the beach, sea pool or Leisure Centre. My wife Liz and I live at Illawong in the Shire overlooking a bush valley. At the bottom of the valley is Still Creek which leads into the Woronora River. Four weeks ago I was carrying out bush fire reduction clearing near the top of our valley. Unfortunately I slipped and tumbled over with my ribs landing heavily on a rock. X-rays didn’t reveal any fractures however I damaged the intercostal muscles between the ribs. Recovery has been slow but I can now do odd jobs but no heavy work or swimming. It could have been a lot worse so  I have to be grateful I didn’t land on my spine or head ( that’s debatable). Yes there is a lesson here for us older seemingly invincible types.

My swimming friends up here have still been swimming around Shark Island at Cronulla several times a week and I look forward to joining them hopefully soon.

One positive is I’ve had more time to practice playing the ukulele and I may have even progressed from a mediocre to an ordinary level. There are several uke meet up groups here in the shire however they have all shut down so I have been investigating YouTube for play alongs. For those of you who enjoy playing or listening  I recommend the “Austin Ukulele Society”. They have 87 videos of which I have been working on Sweet Caroline, Losing My Religion and Three Little Birds. They are well worth a watch to lift your mood and to watch people having a lot f fun.

Looking forward to meeting up as soon as we can make our way down to Mollymook. Fond regards, Steve Montague.

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Swimmers Photo Of the Day

 

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During Isolation, Photographer Extraordinaire Raymondo capture the afternoon sunset reflection at Milton

 

A link to Steve’s Ukulele song: Sweet Caroline 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Craig’s story: ISOLATION IN THE WEST

 

Craig shares his story: Retirement then Isolation in the West

 

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Hullo Mollymook aquatic comrades from Craig and Steph over in Perth, the safest city for quarantiners in the apocalypse!

 

Not too long ago we were in Cape Arid east of Esperance with no one, it was like being in nudie swim heaven. Later we were looking forward to helping out at the Karijini Experience in central WA over Easter. Then the govt. prepared to shut up the regions so we hightailed it to the city!

 

We moved to our friends’ East Fremantle Airbnb where the Swan river and mile long beaches are 2 minutes away where we can do long swims and kayak, all guaranteed shark free! We have been doing a 40 k ride most days around the river though I do miss decent hills and waves!

 

We also have our gorgeous granddaughter Olive to entertain and be entertained by! Steph knits 🧶 but I need a project so I’m painting her house in Fremantle and whittling knives in the garden. 

 

We social distance by keeping a bike distance apart and shop in the senior’s hour when it’s really necessary 😷 to venture out.

 

Take care everyone and keep your distance! (I mean that in the nicest possible way). Retirees, Craig and Steph.

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ISO DAZE by Dr Sues – Memories

 

ISO DAZE by Dr Sues

 

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Memories: Dr Sues in times gone by sharing her birthday at the Beach Hut cafe. Wine, cake and plenty of banter.

First came shock, then came horror

No coffees, no chats, no meeting tomorro?

Our swimming family was to be temporarily disbanded

COVID-19 left us numb and stranded.

 

But, our strength and commitment to our swims and our mates

Has seen us evolve and adapt to our fates.

We’ve managed to pair up into twos or, ahem, threes

And continue our swimming in these beautiful seas.

Yes, we’ve managed to keep our spirits strong,

Swimming in twos instead of a throng.

 

Big Gary, Lloyd and new dad Ed

Well, they can’t wait to jump out of bed.

They race to the beach, and swim so fast

The rest of us can’t ever get past.

 

Helen and Neil have fled to the coast

Escaping from Canberra – well, the politicians most.

Isabel joins them for a sneaky three

And if anyone tells, she simply dives under the sea!

 

Young Johnny Louth, with Raymond in tow

Well, they are taking their mornings slow.

They wander down about eight or so

Then swim to the tree, or, just to and fro.

Treading Water, isolation Charleville, Qld

 

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John Sarich’s isolation story from outback Charleville, Queensland.

 

Hi Mollymook Ocean Swimmers. All is very quiet in Charleville. 

 

Being a bit of a hermit, social distancing is pretty easy for me.There are no tourists in town which is tough as this is peak tourist time. Another shop has just closed down in town.

 

The weather here is remarkable at this time of year, temp ranges low teens to high twenties and low thirties every day. No clouds, no wind. No more rain until next summer.

 

I recently went for a drive out into the bush for a brief change of scenery. I came across a dead python. Poor thing, a Woma Python, which is a desert python. These guys eat other pythons. It has wide stripes, like a tiger shark, but its head is a stunning gold and black.

 

I was going to take my caravan to my new home beach , Agnes Waters. Its only and 800 km drive, but Covid-19 put a halt to that.

 

Its an awesome spot and I can highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been. Its the last surfable beach heading north on the east coast of Qld. Til next time, all the best , ciao. John

 

In closing, thanks to Graeme C. a beautiful You Tube video featuring Nana Mouskouri. Click on the link: FREUNDE

Bill’s COVID-19 VIRUS towel changing trauma

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Billy Rushton shares his story

Billy Rushtons trauma from the COVID- 19 VIRUS:     The ‘towel changing technique’

 

“Crikey!” So we’ve been warned about congregating after our morning swim. I hope I didn’t play a part, practising Helen and Neil Gray’s towel changing techniques. I think there may have been a couple of rather lewd moments on my part.

Without further embarrassment to myself and others I took myself  armed with beach towel to a secluded part of the sand hills at Nth Narrawallee for a little more private towel changing practice.

 

Sitting down on the beach towel, at one with nature, I looked out towards the ocean swell sparkling like diamonds in the morning sunlight. Majestic in perfect formation, as they neared journey’s end crashing in a crescendo of froth and foam at the approaching shoreline.

I sat there in silence gazing up at the cloud formations playfully scudding across a sapphire sky that blends as one into the oceans distant horizon.

Suddenly this serenity came to an abrupt end; I was bitten on the bum by a bloody bull ant.

With a shriek I jumped up, my back went into a full Corona lock-down. Shuffling back to the car half naked wrapped in the damn beach towel I had to be driven by Bianca to an acupuncturist who was the only person that would see me because of the current lock-down laws.