Bailed Up At Mogareeka

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Mogareeka Inlet is on the northern end of Tathra Beach, on the far south coast of New South Wales. At lunch time last Saturday, we spent a quiet time sitting in neighbouring parkland eating freshly grilled fish. The sea and sky endlessly filled our uninterrupted, easterly view and a gentle sea breeze blew.

I commented that no visitors of the feathered variety had muscled into our space. Silly me! No sooner said than we were under attack. As we ate, two brightly coloured lorikeets literally tried to take the food from our hands, pushing and nudging us with their beaks.

Bailed Up At Mogareeka

The fish, fresh grilled
A lunch time treat
We watched the sea
From picnic seat.

Then from the sky
A dapper pair
Demanded that
Our food we share.

These young John Gilberts
Flashy dressed
Thought their antics
Would impress.

A noise nearby
Away they flew
No mug shots
For the Boys in Blue.

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Torrumbarry Fish Ladder

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The weir at Torrumbarry on the Murray River is well worth a visit. There is a good, clear view of the ‘fish ladder’. This facility allows fish to negotiate their way upstream and it was fascinating to observe.

The caged ladder was arranged next to the weir in a maze-like construction. The fish are apparently encouraged to ‘climb’ their way to the top against the water flow and continue upstream.

On my return across the weir, I noticed a lively pelican and his two henchmen. They had positioned themselves at the bottom of the ladder, there patiently to await lunch.

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