Friday, March 25, 2011

A Damp Posterior

G'day All,
In order to not embarrass more sensitive readers I have avoided the Australian vernacular for the heading of today's post.

A small group of bird people tried to camp for a few nights at the beautiful Fernholme Tarra Valley Tourist Park. The weather forecast was full of foreboding, but the trip had been planned for some time so a few intrepid birdos assembled on Monday morning at the Yarram Bakery.

After swapping introductions we headed north up the beautiful Tarra Valley under thickening cloud. Already I was having flashbacks of wet camping trips in times past. Hastily we pitched tents and parked campervans and headed to the banks of the stream before either darkness or rain, (or both as it turned out), descended.

The gardens around the house and the banks of the very nearby stream were alive with a variety of birds - Yellow-faced, Lewin's and New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, White-browed Scrubwrens, Blue Wrens, Silvereyes, Brown Thornbills and Red-browed Finches were all ticked quickly. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos screeched overhead as they flocked in to roost in their overnight tree. A Lyrebird called from the dense scrub on the river bank. (I couldn't hear any fairway mowers at all).

We managed a few shots before the failing light forced us back to camp and then into the barbecue shed for dinner. A nice log fire helped the atmosphere no end and a touring NSW couple joined us for some bird/camping tales.

About 10pm the rain commenced. About 10am it was still pouring! Decision time. We opted to pull up stumps and try again another day. Sometimes that's the way it goes.

As we left and said our goodbyes, Tony and Sabine from NSW headed for Wilson's Promontory. They were doing the Lighthouse walk. Wonder how they got on?


PS: 4 days later and the tent etc still hasn't dried out. Hasn't been like this in March for a long time around here.


  1. Hi Gouldiae
    That weather system went down the NSW coast, flooded Illawarra, skipped over Shoalhaven and flooded the Bega Valley, then obviously dumped on you and then made it to the news for the rescue at Wilson's Prom.
    That's a fair effort for a simple "East Coast Low".
    Enjoy the fact that the rivers and creeks have been topped up again.

  2. G'day Denis,
    Yeah, I remember east coast lows of old that used to be like that. We could see it coming but had th 3 days booked - covered at work, etc, so decided to give it a try. 'Tis very nice. The golf course has never looked so good, especially for March. Annual tournament next month too.

  3. Those are really beautiful pictures. Birds are adorable. Thanks for sharing.