Friday, October 27, 2017

RUMBALARA - IRONBARK HIKE - 24 OCTOBER 2017

A very short hike at Rumbalara on the Ironbark track.





The track was very dry and on the northern and western sides the ground vegetation was nearly non existent. The views were great due the lack of vegetation over Gosford and Brisbane Water.



Generally, it was all very quiet until we were nearly finished. We spotted a large goanna in the undergrowth and then a short time later a wild and very loud screeching began. We bush bashed down the steep hill to the source of the noise. It was a Sulfur Crested Cockatoo trying to chase off the goanna which was homing in on the nest. The cockatoo was successful. It even landed on the rock just above the goanna and spread its wings wide and fully puffed out. It looked and sounded very intimidating. The goanna departed with a snarl and focus its attention on us. Obviously, the day was not its day.








Afterwards, we drove to Terrigal Haven for coffee and an ocean swim for myself.

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