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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