You Don’t Have to Go Far to see an Albatross

We have been visiting places around Perth where you may have to drive for between half and hour and an hour but you don’t have to go far to see some amazing sites around Perth including a relative of the albatross.

Take the other day when we decided to go to Burns Beach and walk up the beach North towards Mindarie, we often walk from Mindarie but we thought we would check out the beach from the other direction.

We did not have to walk far to be greeted by the wonders of our oceanic birdlife so here are a sample of the sights to behold.

Osprey flying high above Burns Beach, hunting the dunes.
Osprey flying high above Burns Beach, hunting the dunes.
A pair of Petrels on the rocks enjoying the waves, they let us get pretty close.
A pair of Petrels on the rocks enjoying the waves, they let us get pretty close.

Petrels are related to the Albatross as mentioned above.

Sooty Oystercatcher with the most amazing red eyes and red beak, foraging for food on the edge of the waves.
Sooty Oystercatcher with the most amazing red eyes and red beak, foraging for food on the edge of the waves.

Provided you tread carefully and do not frighten the wildlife they will reward you with a fairly close encounter, just remember to give them space.

For the more adventurous you can wander into the dunes, just don’t get lost!

Sand dunes near Burns Beach that stretches all the way to Mindarie and across to Marmion Avenue.
Sand dunes near Burns Beach that stretches all the way to Mindarie and across to Marmion Avenue.

I recommend getting out and communing with nature, there is plenty of sights to encourage you to go around the next corner and before you know it you will be fitter and more relaxed!

Don’t forget the sun is getting stronger and the temperatures are rising, take plenty of water, wear a shirt, put on sunscreen, take a┬áhat, anyone remember Slip Slop Slap.

Stay safe and happy exploring

Maggie

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