It was a great morning for an ecotour today with Pete and Deb. Although the Marlo estuary and the Snowy were quite brown after heavy rain high in the catchment last week, there was plenty to see. After the resident Seal waved us off from the Marlo Jetty, the birds put on a show, with Little Terns (recently arrived from Siberia), Hooded Plovers, Oystercatchers, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Darters and more. Eastern Water Dragons (adults and babies) were sunning themselves on the rocks as Whistling Kites cruised above. As we were checking out a Sea Eagles nest, a Heli Bomber flew past on its way to one of the local bush fires (most started by lightning storms over the past week).
Neville and Kate from Snake Valley came on an eco-tour on Saturday afternoon with Marlo Fishing Tours. They got up close to some Hooded Plovers at the Marlo entrance before heading into Corringle Slips, cruising around the Marlo Islands then up the Snowy and Brodribb Rivers. The Azure Kinfishers were teasing us as we caught glimpses of them up the river. After watching a pair of sea eagles off in the distance, one of them decided to pay us a visit and landed in a nearby tree. Magic.
Grant and his brother Clayton from Toowoomba had a great time out with Marlo Fishing Tours on Good Friday. As well as catching some nice fish including a 0.98kg Luderick, the wildlife put on a show. A couple of friendly water dragons let us get super close, a kingfisher plucked a small fish from the water just metres away from us and a Whistling Kite was showing off its nest.