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Last week I posted images of Logan’s Beach

whale viewing platform at Warrnambool.

I posted this image simply to indicate

how close to the shore they were.

 

I had watched this pair (mother and calf) swim…

…and frolic for around a kilometre or more…

…parallel to to the beach…

…never being much further out to sea…

…than in my first image.

After watching, waiting and hoping…

…while they made their way towards us…

…it soon became apparent…

…that instead of…

…coming they were indeed going.

I decided that it was well worth the drive.

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One of Warrnambool’s major draw cards

is its whale nursery.

 

And what better way to discover off shore whales…

…than with a drone probably worth more

than some vehicles on the road.

 Logan’s Beach Whale nursery

is on the Geelong (East) side of Warrnambool…

…and an attraction which I never visited when living a mere 50 kilometres away….

…but I happily drove 200 km back for a visit

a year or so ago.

 No-one ever mentioned the viewing platform or that the whales were so close to shore.

Next week I will post more whale images.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-33

Logan’s Beach Whale Nursery

 

 Decided to have a short break from the sombre

Battlefields of World War I this week.

Friday, August 25, saw me heading off at 0630 to drive

over 180 kilometres back

to Warrnambool and Logan’s Beach Whale Nursery

where Southern Right Whales

come to breed each year.

Thought that I may have captured a decent sunrise

along the way, but no luck there.

The day was not looking too promising.

 

After my planned breakfast stop about 150 km along the way,

I eventually arrived at a sparsely populated

whale watching platform…

 

and either west or east not a whale in sight.

Just an interesting sign.

 

All the questions I have about the sign were answered

when the drone touched down.

The operators were able to tell me there were

two whales 1700 metres out to sea

and a cow and calf about 500 metres east…over the UAV sign.

Not a promising start indeed.

The cow and calf soon appeared much to my delight…

and swam along past the whale watching platform…

 

taking about half an hour from first sighting to

its cold and windy, lets get out of here.

I heard one of the wildlife officers comment

that the cow would be around 15 – 18 metres long.

 

I think it was the calf was most active.

 

However, this was the highest either one rose out of the water.

 

All of this…

took place less than…

one hundred metres from the sand.

Enlarge this image and you will see

a whale under the text on the photo.

The person on the right is at the foot of

the whale watching platform.

I drove home happy with my day out,

even though I heard that there had been eleven whales

visible the day before.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

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Week 35, 2017

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Could not work out why thee was a need for this sign…

at the whale watching platform.

Then the pennies began to drop…

as the whale watching drone touched down.

 

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Whale-Watching

On Friday (yesterday) I travelled back to

what I could call my home city,

Warrnambool, to visit

Logan’s Beach Whale Nursery.  Luckily there were three or four whales

to entertain the tourists.

A cow and calf put on a good display.

They travelled along the beach

for about half a kilometre and

remained within 100 metres from the sand.

Creating some great opportunities for a long lens.

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Have a good weekend

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