This beautiful bird was walking around down by the collaroy tide pools. It was about three feet tall, and it's a White-faced Heron:
An interesting fact about these birds:
When breeding, the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back.
"Nuptial plumes." Sexy.
Here's a bit of Eastern Rock Lobster (mentioned previously here):
A beautiful snail of some sort. Alive. (Update: Old friend Sara in the UK informs me that this is a cowry. Probably this one. It is a type of sea snail, but, as you can see, it has a uniquely shaped shell. Thank you, Sara!):
Same snail, underside:
This just to make my golfing friends jealous. The golf course about a twenty minute walk from home:
Some kind of tide pool creatures' homes washed up on the beach:
Weird, gelatinous creatures in a tide pool crevice:
One of the above creatures out of crevice:
Evidence of ancient beach civilization:
The lovely rocks of the upper tide pool area: