Big waves, little birds

Last weekend I spent some time at Carrickalinga, a fantastic beach south of Adelaide, on the wild (weather) side of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It’s a long sandy beach, two actually, with rocky outcrops between them and at the far ends. The waves crash onto sand and rocks; the wind blows; there are steep, rounded hills behind.  Signs along the beach tell people to look out for the Hooded Plover, a small bird which nests on the sand along the beach, and which is vulnerable to walkers and dogs and all manner of other things as a result. There are few of them left on the Fleurieu and it was great to see such care being taken, with instructions about what to do, how to help, what to look out for. See below for the pics I took of what I think are these wee birds – scurrying along the beach.

It was fab being in such a wild and beautiful place, with nature big and small everywhere about. On the last morning I climbed a fairly steep hill, with long views in all directions. The sound of wind and waves was a backdrop, and the salty atmosphere. The big sea spread out for miles and miles was both awe-inspiring and kind of comforting, in the same way it can be a relief to know how small we are, and our worries too.

Here are some pictures (click on them to enlarge)…


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