Thursday, April 16, 2009

Whyalla, Eyre Peninsula

I regularly visit Whyalla on the Eyre Peninsula as my fiance (Maryann)lives there. It is approximately 400Km (250 Miles) or 4 hours drive North West of Adelaide.
Whyalla is the third largest city in South Australia and is reliant on its Steelworks for most employment in the area.
Every Easter they hold the Australian Snapper Fishing Competition there. This years winner weighed over 15Kg (34lb). This photo is from last year and shows a Red Snapper of around 10Kg

As each boat comes into the marina, they are escorted by a number of Bottlenose Dolphins. there are up to five dolphins that are regularly in the marina including 2 calves born last year.

There is a lovely viewpoint overlooking the marina and the beach. The beach features a large sandbar at low tide, and the shallows are regularly used by kite boarders.

While we were up there a couple of Australasian Palicans soared around us enjoying the thermals rising from the boat ramp and parking area. I cannot resist taking photos of Pelicans, they are such enigmatic birds.

I particularly like the cloud formations in this shot.

As the night drew in, strolled along the jetty to enjoy the view. (and yes, this is still the sea)

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