Can you feel it? Driving along the Pacific Highway, this song played on my iPod shuffle.
With a lot less traffic on the roads, taking Troopy on a road trip already felt awesome. But I didn’t anticipate that.
Even though the corona virus pandemic is an economical disaster for humans, flora and fauna are the clear beneficiaries.
And that is great news for all nature lovers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was no one else here. The beach was empty.
A fabulous caravan park is outlined by a perfect white sandy beach in pristine waters.
The southwestern border runs along the shallow, but tidal Korogoro Creek. Pelicans usually guard these tidal waters.
The Hat Head Headland reaches out far to Korogoro Point, one of the best rock fishing platforms in Australia.
Steep and slippery most times. Not today.
This bay would circumstantially be dotted by fishing boats within such calm conditions. Not today.
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.
It didn’t take long for larger fishmongers to follow. I spotted two dolphins chasing mullet in very shallow waters near the beach.
They enjoyed themselves immensely, splashing and jumping around like no tomorrow.
A referee critically watched this gala.
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.
Lorikeets took every opportunity to fuel their high octane flight-style.
This flock didn’t care too much if I was near to snap a few cute photos or not.
Every now and then, one of them glared at my lens. A reflection in the glass?
I didn’t really care as this gave me another great opportunity to capture these playful clowns up-close and personal.
Another parrot appeared to join the party. Rosellas are very rarely seen in the wilderness.
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.
The youngster’s colours weren’t quite as flamboyant as his parent’s,yet.
And they were just happy to eat the grass on the greener side.
This pair was nesting within the caravan park in a hollow tree trunk.
This is usually a busy traffic intersection.
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.
But not too far. Wow, this just keeps getting better!
A big male kangaroo greeted me at my destination at Kemps Corner.
This boomer stood as tall as myself.
The rest of his mob weren’t too far off either.
Youngster wasn’t quite sure what to think of me. His mom behind him looked almost just as surprised.
Maybe they really haven’t seen any people for a while? They do look pretty cool in a line-up though.
Cousin Joe meanwhile enjoyed the greenery.
This windy headland is an oasis for this bunch of kangaroos.
And they fit in flawlessly over the unusual calm ocean waters.
New friendships were made as well.
Well, anyone that knows me, knows that I look for excluded hidden places anywhere.
But, there really is a totally different vibe amongst nature.
And it feels great.
Look a bit closer! Can YOU feel it?
The signs are clear, let’s hope everyone can read them.
We need to look out for this blue planet, it’s the only one we survive on.
Today, for tomorrow!
Besides, it’s the only world with chocolate.