Between May and October you could be ‘in the right place at the right time’ and glimpse the tail of a southern right whale rising from the ocean’s surface, before splashing to the depths below. These whales migrate from the Antarctic to the warmer southern Australian coastal waters to give birth and mate. During this season they fast, and feed again on krill, when they return south.
Keep a watch for osprey plunging feet first into the sea to catch fish. Ospreys are coastal raptors that hunt close to the shore – along cliff lines, in sheltered bays and river estuaries. Each year two to four eggs are laid in September - October in a bulky nest constructed of sticks, on the cliff-top close to here.
The osprey is listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species. In spring and summer both eggs and chicks are at threat from inquisitive people. Eggs can die in the cold air if the incubating parent is forced to leave the nest. Once hatched, chicks are less likely to be fed if the parents or nest are disturbed.
There are many other birds which frequent this area, keep an eye out for the rock parrot, ruddy turnstone, sooty oystercatcher, australasian gannet, hooded plover and the crested tern.