Montague Island Day Two

Montague Island, New South Wales, Australia, 8 to 11 November 2019

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The lighthouse in the early morning with the sun behind it.

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Crested terns.

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Crested terns courting.

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Silver gull.

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Silver gull chicks.

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View from the lighthouse, looking over the cottages (where we stayed).

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View from the lighthouse looking south, showing the stones sacred to the Aborigines and also the small lighthouse cemetery.

There are two children and a keeper buried there.  The children got sick but there was no access to the lighthouse, apart from trying to hail a passing ship.  The children died before medical assistance could be occurred.  More on the keeper later.

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Looking west to an islet of great cormorants.

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Looking north.  There are two parts to the island, joined by a narrow neck.  The northern part is out of bounds due to breeding birds.  An artist from our group is sitting at a table at the bottom and there is a colony of terns to his left.

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Looking down more closely on the colony of terns.

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A view of the lighthouse from the back gate of the cottage we stayed in.

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The same tree from the stormy images of the previous post, this time n the calm of daylight.

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The cottage we stayed in, behind the tree.

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The old wharf, a long exposure of 15 seconds.

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Tiny flowers on the ground near the south end of the island.

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Banksia cone, banksia serrata or old man banksia.

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Banksia serrata cone.

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Sea eagle.  I only had my macro lens with me; I could have got closer wit my long telephoto.

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View of  lighthouse and cottages from the south.

There was a time when supplies were unloaded at the old wharf and taken up to the lighthouse using a horse and cart.  Part of the route was up the rock below the cottages.  The horse didn’t like this and used to run away and hide when the time came.

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One day it all went wrong.  The horse slipped on the rock incline and the cart came careering down the slope on top of the keeper.  His spleen was ruptured and he died some days later, ending up in the lighthouse cemetery..

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The path back went through a silver gull rookery.  This is at the edge of it.

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A silver gull incubating an egg on a rudimentary nest on the ground.

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Later, we went down to the new wharf to see the little penguins coming in at night.  These are silver gull chicks in the fading light.

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Terns against the sunset.

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The little penguins are coming ashore.

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They climb up surprisingly high to nest.

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Then red lights were turned on around the platform where we were standing, to provide light without disturbing the penguins.

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There was a stiff wind above us and silver gulls were hanging motionless in the air.

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7 comments on “Montague Island Day Two

  1. Dave Dave Bassett says:

    Some really nice images here Murray. What a great place to visit.
    I hope all is going well with you… Good to see all your images on line.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Dave. Yes, and we had a local specialist on the birdlife with us, which was a great help. All is well here. I’ve also taken up table tennis again on weekday mornings, partly in a bid to get more fit.

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  2. Robert Hayes says:

    WOW Murray. Perhaps your best post ever. REally sharp pix and fantastic presentation. Your mention of a painter in your group…I was honored to be allowed to get up close to the space shuttle launches. I went to Every one of the first 25…save one…the Challenger Disaster. I just thought it wouldn’t go. My experiences included All of the first 25..including the ones that would go to go to countdown and scrap in the . last few seconds. Then a trip to Tampa and turn around for the launch maybe the next day. I had press pass on two launches…this allowed me to get to withing a hundred yards or so, and to put out remote cameras…but NO allowed of radio remote triggers. I saw things there that had to be in the 1000 dollar or more. I used a simple sound trigger and I was not the only person who cried as he went to pick up the camera and find that it didn’t work. I have more stories, but the painter thing….there were maybe 6-8 bus loads of photographers from all around the world and I was shocked to see a single guy sitting on a folding stool doing a watercolor painting. I never saw any of his paintings after the launches..

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  3. Wow, this sounds like an amazing trip!

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