Monday, 17 February 2014

A ship of birds

Mud Islands are two very low lying islands in the middle of Port Phillip Bay.  Although "The Bay" looks big, much of is is very shallow and any large ships have to take a rather long winded route from the mouth of the bay to the port of Melbourne.  The shipping lane actually follows the old route of the river Yarra which was flooded at the end of the last Ice Age.

As I was watching these birds - Pelicans, Black Swans and Bar-Tailed Godwits - this large boxy ship drifted into view.  I like the way the boat seems to be growing out of the land.

I am also constantly amazed out just how ugly many of the ships that sail our waters are!


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26 comments:

cobie en bas van Es said...

de foto is geweldig maar het schip daar is niets aan.

Pallavi said...

Lol. I like the last line! Funny as hell :D

Gordon said...

You are certainly right about the ships, but I am more impressed with the variety of birds on show.
All the best Gordon.

Bob Bushell said...

Love it, Pelicans, Black Swans, etc, etc.

eileeninmd said...

Love the bird, the pelicans, black swans and the Godwits are all great. I agree the ships are ugly, but the scene is pretty. Have a happy day!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Nice shot. I wonder how far out one can walk in that water??

TexWisGirl said...

it does look a bit like a lego piece. :)

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart Yes, some of them are 'floating boxes'!!! Love all the birds.

Irma said...

Large variety of birds.
The ship must sail, perhaps there is no other place.

Sylvia K said...

Yep, a lego piece it is! Love the variety of birds!! Hope you have a great week, Stewart!! Enjoy!

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

From this point of view it reminds me of a prison.

Montanagirl said...

Nice shot of the boat 'n birds! LOL

carol l mckenna said...

great shot of the 'interesting' boat and beautiful birds ~ fascinating post for OWT ~ thanks,

carol and artmusedog
www.acreativeharbor.com

Christian Weiß said...

Looks like a great place, I miss the sea most of the year. A nice contrast with the ship.

DesertHen said...

It is rather a boxy ship indeed! I don't think I've ever seen one like it before.

I like how the black swan stands out in this shot. Very nice!

Tammy said...

What a great variety of species to see! Such a beautiful area! I too have to agree on the lego piece:)

ladyfi said...

What a lovely area - definitely marred by that boxy ship!

LindyLou Mac said...

You are right they are so ugly, especially hate seeing the cruise ships towering over places such as Venice.

Reader Wil said...

Hi thanks for your visit to my fire and fog post. Your right fire is very strong and difficult to extinguish. The heat of the only Australian summer I experienced(this year January)was unbearable and we were happy when the rain came down in buckets! Back in Holland I don't complain of the colder weather and the drizzle. I am used to this.
Have a nice week!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Nancy said...

Definitely not a cruise ship, but I imagine it serves it purpose. :)

NatureFootstep said...

I hope they are careful not to be stranded. :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It does look rather like a floating box out there. The birds are wonderful.

Fun60 said...

A great photo Stewart. Attractive designs seem to play no part in commercial shipping vessels more's the pity!

LadyD Piano said...

Great series of photos. So graceful in flight! I'm not familiar with this type of bird but quite lovely.

Pat Tillett said...

It's a very nice photo with a lot of different birds in it. The ship looks like an auto carrier. They may be ugly, but they can carry thousands of cars each trip.

Kirsti said...

Olen käynyt Melbourn ja siellä nähnyt mustan joutsenen. Se on kaunis. Meillä on vain valkoisia :)