Larry and I are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia and are delighted to share with you glimpses of life in this wonderful corner of the world.
|Posted on 13 September, 2017 at 1:10||comments (0)|
The tail of a spectacular Humpback Whale.
Each year between April and November, Australia's eastern coastline comes alive with Humpback Whales and the more rare Southern Right Whales, as they travel on their migration routes from and to Antarctica. Now that Spring is here, they are heading back to their icy feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean, having spent winter in warmer waters, mating and giving birth.
Humpback whales migrate a mind-blowing 5,000 km on average, one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on earth! They are known to go north to the tropical waters off Far North Queensland, whereas the Southern Right Whales head to the much cooler waters off the south coast of Australia, including Wilsons Prom, one of the most beautiful and remote areas in the world.
Without doubt, Humpbacks are the stars of whale migration, with their spectacular leaps into the air creating never-to-forget photo opportunities for those fortunate to see it.
Southern Right Whale females have their first calf at 6 or 7 years of age, and they then have one calf every three years. They are slow breeders, which is why their numbers have not recovered well from the whaling days of last century. Female Southern Right Whales usually come back to the same coastal waters to raise each calf, often where they themselves were born.
Visitors to this corner of Victoria will have an ideal opportunity to view these magestic creature during October and November, when Wildlife Coast Cruises will conduct whale watching cruises around Wilsons Prom. Additional cruises are scheduled during December, February, March and April. Larry and I are fortunate to have been on several Wildlife Coast Cruises, and this Bed and Breakfast near Wilsons Prom can't recommend them highly enough.
For enquiries and bookings visit www.wildlifecoastcruises.com.au or call 1300 763 739.
|Posted on 8 September, 2017 at 22:55||comments (0)|
How lucky are we!
Guests often say that looking out of the windows at Llarrinda is better than watching TV. And we couldn't agree more because, with every minute of every day, our panoramic view changes. Being high on a ridge overlooking farmland, to the waters of Corner Inlet and the northern mountains of Wilsons Prom National Park beyond, we can see the weather come and go and have a bird's eye view of all the passing wildlife. None pleases us more than the multitude of birds that come to feed on our deck.
We never saw Little Corella's here in the early days - they were always flying in large and noisy flocks over the low lands looking for food. Little Corellas usually feed on the ground, but occasionally in trees and shrubs. They eat a variety of wild and cultivated seeds and regularly feed on lawn grasses in urban areas, and on crops such as wheat, barley and corn, so it's no wonder that many people struggle to love them.
A few years ago a lone couple of Little Corellas discovered our bird feeders and came back every winter and stayed for a few months. Then there were two couples, and now three couples - six Little Corellas in all - which are reliably here on our deck almost every day for breakfast, lunch or dinner, feeding on the wild bird seed mix we put in our feeders.
This year though has brought something special. They have chosen Llarrinda Bed & Breakfast as a place to mate, nest, and raise next season's young.
We admit to feeling slightly awkward about watching and photographing this tender and loving act but at the same time are enthralled to be able to witness nature at such close range.
We have read that Little Corellas can live up to 80 years (although I suspect that's in captivity), and that they mate for life. You can see in the way they relate to each other that there is genuine affection. We love their cheeky personalities, the way they waddle and the way they show off by hanging upside-down with their feet or beaks. And, if you listen closely you can hear them having deep and meaningful conversations, using an impressive range of vocabulary.
They are not blessed with the most melodic voices, but they make up for it in sheer personality and incredible beauty. This Bed & Breakfast accommodation near Wilsons Prom is truly a nature lover's paradise.