What stunning winter weather we have been having here at The Cape – calm, sunny days, coolish clear nights, interspersed with some good rainfall. The conditions have allowed the landscape team to really get a wriggle on in the Stage 3 Open Space project – the hard landscaping is just about complete in the creek-line and the walking tracks are starting to be cut out and laid.
A fantastic documentary worth watching on our ABC is ‘Australian Ocean Odyssey – A Journey Down the Eastern Australian Current’. Great information and filming of marine and bird life from the tropics to the Southern Ocean. The final episode is tonight at 8.30PM.
Coincidentally, there has been heaps of fantastic whale activity this week along the Bunurong coast after the first reports about four weeks ago. Tony O’Connell (TS) and Brendan Condon have been great updating us with sightings on Facebook (humpies on their northerly migration and killer whales – orcas!!) and Jen (Sunlight) nearly ran off the coast road when she saw a whale breach!! At Eagles Nest, we think there may have been a Southern Right (based on blow and behaviour) but cannot be ‘really confident’ of the sighting. No photos either sorry!!
There has been heaps of whale activity this week along the coast, from 2nd Surf along to Eagles Nest. Tony O’Connell has been great updating us with sightings on Facebook (humpies and orcas!!) and Jen nearly ran off the coast road when she saw a whale breach!! At Eagles Nest, we think there may have been a Southern Right (based on blow and behaviour) but cannot be confident of the sighting. No photos either!!
No wind, no rain, no cloud, beautiful sunsets …. stunning days of glorious weather highlighted all the beauty The Cape has to offer over the past few days. With Covid-19 restrictions eased just a little, it was great to see people out and about and some of our future residents taking the opportunity to see their new homesites and the latest developments. Hopefully, there is more ‘light around the corner’.
The past week certainly dished up some beautiful twilight skies, a full moon, and golden late afternoon sunlight. Sadly, high cloud prevented us witnessing the comet and meteor show but you can’t have everything. May 5th was a stunning day with calm weather and clear blue skies and Dave (our Cape gardener and long-time Cape P resident) told me he saw unbelievable ocean colours he has never seen before. And yes, come the weekend, the good old cold Cape Paterson squalls returned, just to remind us of this invigorating, yet beautiful environment.
I have moved most of our observations to the Bunurong coast in this week’s ‘Cape Chatter’. Despite the onset of cooler weather, there is still plenty of action down on the coast. Given the atrocious wet, windy weather, I have also had to dive into the archives to use some photos I have taken since moving into The Cape.
The first issue of ‘Cape Chatter’ was a great success and thank you to the many people who provided positive feedback and support. It certainly sparked interest, stimulated awareness and encouraged observation. There is clearly a lot of interest in the natural world within The Cape community and to further developments of the environment for the benefit of residents, wildlife and flora.
One of the objectives of The Cape project is to restore the habitat with indigenous flora and attract as much native wildlife back into what was previously degraded agriculture land. The proximity of the Bunurong Coastal Reserve bushland and coast to our south provides a wonderful haven for wildlife. Along with the fantastic wetlands, open spaces, residential native gardens and the soon to be constructed Stage 3 Open Space Reserve, we have the perfect stage for observing and enjoying the natural beauty as the development and landscape evolves.