A-RAB: In my opinion, this child don't need to have his head shrunk at all. Juvenile delinquency is purely a social disease!Today the weather takes on the role of A-Rab. I'm not sure if it is the traditional pox, or something more up to date. Whatever it is the cure is urgently needed.
ACTION: Hey, I got a social disease!
(Incidentally, on a walking tour around the mid-West of Manhattan it emerged that the movie of West Side Story was shot in the tenements which used to occupy the site of the Lincoln Centre. The movie was shot between the inhabitants being moved out and the Centre built. It was known as San Juan Hill and basically a no-go area - at least for gringos.)
This morning there was 8.6mm in the gauge, which is an interesting comparison with the comment on ABC news weather yesterday evening that Mallacoota was the dampest part of Victoria with 3mm! The outlook wasn't great with the far side of the Inlet invisible through the downpour.
We decided that we would go to Shipwreck Creek in the National Park to look for Ground Parrots as I had been given directions to "the site". While waiting for the rain to stop a Little Wattlebird visited a Grevillea.
Descending to the beach gave white quartz and on the beach turned up a Cuttlefish bone. And another good covering of small leatherjackets: we are about 6.5kms from Betka Beach so if every beach in between is graced with a simlar coating the number of dead fish is in the millions. Sure enough when we got to Seal Creek the beach was well endowed with little spiny items.
The first white flower was a Hakea, giving a bit of prickle to the Allocasuarina nana which is the main component of the heath.
After that I took my telescope out to Bastion Point on the edge of the town for some sea-watching. To my surprise there were no seabirds visible. So I went to Captain Stevenson's Point to check the waders in the mouth of the Inlet. Carefully leaving my phone back at the house, There was little to photograph with Oystercatchers and Red-capped Plovers the only waders.
An interesting bit of sociology was a group of small children (aged from about 7 to 12 IMHO). They were a tad noisy which I guess goes with the territory, but the game they were playing involved taking a video on an iPad. Now an iPad costs upwards of $500.00 and here were a bunch of kids using one as I used to use a 5/- bucket and spade! An adult arrived and told them all to go to the tents as it was starting to rain and they shouldn't get the iPad wet!
Indeed the rain arrived. Completing the cycle the gauge said we received another 3.5mm during the day for a total 12.1mm since this started. It was thus a bit of a surprise to hear on the ABC news that Mallacoota got 28mm for the day. Either, for the official site,
- they missed a decimal point in their report; or
- a wombat piddled in their gauge.