Saturday, 30 June 2018

Whalers Way, Southern Eyre Peninsular

Rock parrots, tawny-crowned honeyeaters, emus, western grey kangaroos, Humpback whales, southern right whales, New Zealand fur seals and stunning views over the Great Australian Bight, this really is the wildest and most incredible place

If the world was flat then this is where the edge would be, this is the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight. If you set out in a boat and headed in the direction that we are looking here, west over the sea, it would be 1300 miles before you next hit land and when you did, it would be the same country just the other side of the bay. The scale of the place is phenomenal. In truth, in a flat world it seems almost like this is the opposite edge of the world to the Outer Hebrides, which have a similar feel and a similar sense of vastness. And the wildlife here just adds to that sense of being on the opposite edge, a group of kangaroos hop away as you approach, an emu appears on the ridge ahead, rock parrots fly up from your feet and a group of whales are blowing out at sea.

Which monster lives in this cave?

The white under tail of a humpback.

Humpback whales. Note the tiny dorsal fin on the animal on the left, distinguishing it from southern right whale which we also saw and which does not have a dorsal fin.

New Zealand Fur Seals.

Rock Parrots

Tawny-crowned honeyeater. This is an uncommon species on the heathlands of Southern Australia and has a display flight quite similar to a Eurasian skylark.

Dusky woodswallow.

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