Nathan saw Koalas on his excursion as well. Since the Tilligerry Boardwalk is a well known place to see Koalas and Nathan wanted us to show us where he went, off we were to the Boardwalk.
We stopped in at the welcome center and were greeted by a couple. I think it had been a slow day and they were happy to see us. The husband immediately walked us outside to where he knew a Koala was.
I was surprised at how big Koalas actually are. For some reason I had it in my head that they would be smaller. They are pretty hard creatures to spot since their color blends into the tree. Apparently in December they run rampant looking for mates. Almost everyone we've talked to has a story about a Koala running across their path to get to another tree.
I was thrilled that I found another Koala on my own in the trees later in the day. I don't actually have a picture since I don't have a telephoto lens - yet. I'm waiting on the one I ordered to be delivered as an early Mother's Day present.
The gentleman also told us about the boardwalk area. It is a reclaimed space that used to be a sand mine for minerals. In the past 15 years an operation of volunteers has tended the area to attempt to bring it back to it's original habitat. They have their own nursery of indigenous plants that is used not only for their habitat, but also for income. Apparently they have contracts with several of the mining companies that use Tilligerry as their sole source when replanting after mining. It's a pretty impressive venture for a group run only by volunteers.
After talking with us for a minute, he sent us on our way. The boardwalk runs mainly around the bay, which was at low tide. I would be curious to go back at high tide. Nathan claims to have seen stingrays and dolphins.
|A heron wading|
|Mere seconds before Will terrified him|
|Proud of their work|
The rest of the weekend was a fairly normal one. Church on Sunday and hanging out at the beach most of the rest of the time. Brian had Good Friday and Easter Monday off of work. He has been fairly busy for the past few weeks, so it was nice to just relax and be together.
We will be off to the Sydney Royal Easter Show soon. I'm really looking forward to it. It looks like a State Fair sort of event. We're spending the night and then heading in for a full day there. It's held on the Olympic Grounds, which I'm looking forward to seeing as well! Hopefully my new lens will be in by that point....