Texan Tour Guides
Yesterday we took a couple coworkers in town from Texas on our favourite tour of Phillip Island. Yes we've been there dozens of times now but that doesn't make it any less beautiful. Add the warmest day in months to the mix and it was a truly enjoyable day.
We started out watching the pelican feeding in San Remo at noon and then went to enjoy some fish and chips of our own. There were about 25 hungry pelicans out, looking extra pretty with blue markings on their bills which appears during mating season to attract their mates.
|hungry hungry pelicans|
|koalas love sleeping in awkward positions|
Then we took a stroll around the sanctuary grounds to see what birds were around. We found this guy, a blue fairy wren-
|male fairy wren|
and this pretty gallah-
Then we headed over to the town of Cowes to check out the coast and the local shops. The wind was strong on this side of the island but the birds seemed very skilled in flying sideways.
Next up was the Nobbies on the far end of the island. The sky had started to cloud up at that point, making for really pretty light over an already spectacular view.
At the nobbies is became apparent very quickly that mating season was in full stride for the silver gulls. These guys were everywhere, you can see all the white spots in the background of this picture. We even saw a couple baby gulls - they are little brown blobs, way cuter than the adults.
The tide was in and the waves were very high so it made for a spectacular show for our guests.
Next we headed back to the other side of the island to Woolami Beach. The weather was starting to turn at this point but we only caught a few sprinkles before we moved on.
On the way to Woolami I had noticed a sign I hadn't seen before for something called the Forrest Caves. I decided we better check it out so we made this the last stop of the day before dinner at our favourite place in Rhyll and then the penguins. It turned out to be a gorgeous spot that I immediately fell in love with. A short hike down an empty beach was this formation of red rock that had been eroded over time and now houses several caves.
It's supposed to be best to check out at low tide, so we'll have to make a trip back there soon to check it out again. The surrounding area was super pretty too.
Then after dinner we got to watch these cute little guys waddle in from the surf. Love them!
It was a great way to spend a beautiful day and our Texas guests seemed to thoroughly enjoy it.
|gallah in a gumtree|
|the town of Cowes|
|Gull striking a pose with his many feathered friends in the background|
|wave crashing up out of the blowhole|
|Woolami Beach with the Pinnacles in the background|
|close up of the caves|
|one of the caves opening up into the water below|
|near the caves|
|little penguins - pic stolen from the internet|