We rose early and checked the sky, decided that the scattered cloud cover still gave us a chance of a decent view of the eclipse and so we drove down the road to Wonga Beach. Too many trees at Wild Wings for a decent view of the lower regions of the sky! We eventually chose a position on the grass overlooking the sand and settled in our chairs with some Mangosteens and a cup of tea.
Allen was in charge of the camera – the photos taken through the welding shield had a rather eerie green tinge so I’m pleased he managed some without!
This is about as dark as it became but that was enough to excite the children in front of us, one of whom had dressed in his Spiderman outfit for the occasion. The parents of these children were enjoying champagne and some others further along the beach looked like they had been readying themselves on a variety of substances since the night before! However, there was plenty of space for everyone and it was very peaceful.
In spite of grey clouds obscuring the sun we did manage some good glimpses at various stages of the eclipse although it did not become as dark as I remember it during the total eclipse in Melbourne in the mid 70’s.
On that occasion I was the one enjoying the champagne along with many others at a rather good afternoon party.
There are many ways to experience a solar eclipse.
Last week we happened to be in Ingham for a couple of days so naturally we managed to visit the Tyto wetlands, in fact I spent quite a while there while Allen was attending a Wet Tropics Community Reference Panel.
And I did have the pleasure of meeting Tyto Tony and sharing some time with him on ‘his patch’. He has recently mentioned Wandering Whistling ducks on the lagoons and there were lots about with ducklings of a variety of ages, plus several young Jacana, Intermediate Egret, Coots AND a Little Bittern. Then there were the bush birds to enjoy, particularly those gorgeous Crimson finches, Red-backed Fairy Wren and a delightful view of a white-browed Robin singing in the afternoon sun as Allen and I enjoyed a walk through the vegetation near the lagoon. I’m not going to list every bird we saw and I’ll leave photos of Tyto to Tony as he does it so well but we had great fun and it was good to see that the birds are managing in spite of the evident cycone damage.
The Little Bronze-Cuckoo that landed in this tree decided not to stay ……….
We left the damp, tropical lowlands of Daintree for some higher ground yesterday. An hour’s drive to meet our good friends, Rupert and Juliana, at Mt Molloy and then we travelled together along the Cooktown road for another 30 minutes. The sky was slightly overcast but the light was good and the temperature comfortable – best of all it wasn’t raining!
As well as enjoying a pleasant walk together Rupert wanted to show us some Continue reading