Can You Feel It? Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Can you feel it? Driving along the Pacific Highway, this song played on my iPod shuffle.

Empty beaches @ Scott’s Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Empty beaches @ Scott’s Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

With a lot less traffic on the roads, taking Troopy on a road trip already felt awesome. But I didn’t anticipate that.

Regeneration in Progress @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Regeneration in Progress @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even though the corona virus pandemic is an economical disaster for humans, flora and fauna are the clear beneficiaries.

Blooming future @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blooming future @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And that is great news for all nature lovers.

Full moon rise over Terrigal, Central Coast  New South Wales, Australia

Full moon rise over Terrigal, Central Coast New South Wales, Australia

As bad as it is, and I truly am sorry for anyone being heavily affected by this virus, Mother Nature needed a break from human interactions. I, as an avid outdoor enthusiast, have noticed a huge difference in nature’s response.

Calm and sunny @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Calm and sunny @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is particularly evident in places, which are normally overcrowded with human vacation activity. The small community of Hat Head is heavily dependent on holiday makers for exactly those reasons.

Mom and Joey @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mom and Joey @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This pure wildlife haven is a draw card for people near and far. I have visited this already hidden jewel many times over the years, as it is already a natural treasure. But there was a different feel to my recent visit to Hat Head.

Serenity @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Serenity @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It often felt like the earth stood still and I was the only one on this planet. There was no noise pollution, just pure bliss. Only the gentle sounds of ocean waves added to birdlife chirping.

My favourite beach, empty! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My favourite beach, empty! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There was no one else here. The beach was empty.

Caravan park borderline @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Caravan park borderline @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A fabulous caravan park is outlined by a perfect white sandy beach in pristine waters.

Watchmen @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Watchmen @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The southwestern border runs along the shallow, but tidal Korogoro Creek. Pelicans usually guard these tidal waters.

Rock fishing platform @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rock fishing platform @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The Hat Head Headland reaches out far to Korogoro Point, one of the best rock fishing platforms in Australia.

Korogoro Headland @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Korogoro Headland @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Steep and slippery most times. Not today.

Empty spaces @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Empty spaces @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This bay would circumstantially be dotted by fishing boats within such calm conditions. Not today.

Diving seabirds @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Diving seabirds @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dozens of gannets, terms and seagulls joined tailor and bonitos on the chase for baitfish. It is quite a spectacle, watching them diving into the waves.

Dolphins in touching distance  @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dolphins in touching distance @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It didn’t take long for larger fishmongers to follow. I spotted two dolphins chasing mullet in very shallow waters near the beach.

Dolphins in playful mode  @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dolphins in playful mode @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They enjoyed themselves immensely, splashing and jumping around like no tomorrow.

A spectator of a different kind @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A spectator of a different kind @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A referee critically watched this gala.

No boats today @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No boats today @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The creek entrance is usually the getaway and entry point for fishing boats heading out to sea. Not today. The birdlife was just as fascinating. Eagles, Ospreys and Brahminy Kites soared the blue skies above.

Lorikeet feeding station @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lorikeet feeding station @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lorikeets took every opportunity to fuel their high octane flight-style.

Colourful frenzy @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colourful frenzy @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This flock didn’t care too much if I was near to snap a few cute photos or not.

What’s that? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What’s that? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Every now and then, one of them glared at my lens. A reflection in the glass?

Sharing is caring @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sharing is caring @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I didn’t really care as this gave me another great opportunity to capture these playful clowns up-close and personal.

Another colourful bird @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Another colourful bird @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Another parrot appeared to join the party. Rosellas are very rarely seen in the wilderness. 

Rosella Family @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rosella Family @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The more I was surprised when I spotted this young family foraging through the high grass near the picnic area. Their rainbow colours stood out like a beacon.

Rosella youngster @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rosella youngster @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The youngster’s colours weren’t quite as flamboyant as his parent’s,yet.

The grass is greener on this side @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The grass is greener on this side @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And they were just happy to eat the grass on the greener side.

Perfect nesting spot this time @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Perfect nesting spot this time @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This pair was nesting within the caravan park in a hollow tree trunk.

Honey, I am home! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Honey, I am home! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is usually a busy traffic intersection.

A rare Australian parrot @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rare Australian parrot @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

En route to the southern end of Hat Head National Park, I spotted these two very rare parrots. A pair of Glossy Black Cockatoos enjoyed a drink from swampy waters. Unfortunately, they flew off as I got my camera ready. 

Glossy Black Cockatoo  @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Glossy Black Cockatoo @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But not too far. Wow, this just keeps getting better!

Big buck @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Big buck @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A big male kangaroo greeted me at my destination at Kemps Corner. 

Not a boomerang @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not a boomerang @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This boomer stood as tall as myself.

A roo block @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A roo block @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The rest of his mob weren’t too far off either.

Who goes there? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Who goes there? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Youngster wasn’t quite sure what to think of me. His mom behind him looked almost just as surprised.

A roo lineup @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A roo lineup @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Maybe they really haven’t seen any people for a while? They do look pretty cool in a line-up though.

Cousin Joe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cousin Joe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cousin Joe meanwhile enjoyed the greenery.

Roo Headland @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Roo Headland @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This windy headland is an oasis for this bunch of kangaroos.

Mix and match in sepia  @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mix and match in sepia @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And they fit in flawlessly over the unusual calm ocean waters.

Best mates @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Best mates @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

New friendships were made as well.

Looking for the unknown @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Looking for the unknown @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Well, anyone that knows me, knows that I look for excluded hidden places anywhere. 

Happy vibe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Happy vibe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But, there really is a totally different vibe amongst nature.

Jump around, jump around! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Jump around, jump around! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And it feels great.

Can you feel it? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Can you feel it? @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Look a bit closer! Can YOU feel it?

The signs are clear @ The Entrance, Central Coast  New South Wales, Australia

The signs are clear @ The Entrance, Central Coast New South Wales, Australia

The signs are clear, let’s hope everyone can read them.

Calming waters @ Terrigal, Central Coast  New South Wales, Australia

Calming waters @ Terrigal, Central Coast New South Wales, Australia

We need to look out for this blue planet, it’s the only one we survive on.

Act today for tomorrow @ Wiseman’s Ferry, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Act today for tomorrow @ Wiseman’s Ferry, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Today, for tomorrow!

Natural composition @ Wiseman’s Ferry, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Natural composition @ Wiseman’s Ferry, Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Besides, it’s the only world with chocolate.

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