There is something about the waters around Port Stephens that is so appealing! We left Broughton earlier this week, headed for Swansea, at the head of Lake Macquarie. What a treat of aerial acrobatics by gannets and whales alike! So we could not resist showing you the delights of our passage.
Dawn departures are always rich in colour, a reward for getting up early.
The Australian Gannets were showing great interest in our lures, and although a bit worried they might dive for them, we witnessed a display of flying prowess at the back of Take It Easy.
As for the whales, if they were initially sleeping as we left, they were certainly wide awake and active later in the morning, with much tail lobbing, again quite close to the boat! That day we saw over a dozen of these beautiful creatures. We even got a radio call from Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie as we were nearing the Swansea bar: two whales were frolicking at the leads. We had to wait for them to swim away before Take It Easy could enter!
We are now in Lake Macquarie for a few days and will tell you about that little adventure in the next post.