Living with Nature at Hobbs Point
Living with nature is the third post in a series of articles about the things that influence us when buying property, particularly in relation to buying Hobbs Point Peninsula.
Why is nature important at Hobbs Point
Yesterday as I sat in bed drinking my first cup of coffee of the day, I watched a pair of Sea Eagles perched together in a tree, about 200 metres away on the opposite side of the inlet. It’s a favourite spot for them as they search the waters below for breakfast. As I ate my breakfast a little later, a beautiful white Heron landed in it’s favourite tree about 40 metres away. As we watched the Heron, a Magpie, a good mate of ours, tried to catch our attention, to remind us that he and his family were also waiting for breakfast.
Later, as the temperature rose, I walked up the hill on the way to the office. A Frilly Necked Lizard sat sunning it’s self on the path, so I moved onto the lawn to avoid disturbing it. On the way back from the office, I heard the unmistakeable, and welcome sounds of Yellow Tailed Cockatoos. September has been an unusually dry month and we could do with some rain. Low flying Cockatoos are usually a reliable indication that rain is on it’s way. And later still, to stretch my legs after spending too much time on the computer, I walked along our driveway. On a slope next to the dam, an absolutely enormous male Grey Kangaroo was munching grass. Until this year we very rarely saw Kangaroos on Hobbs Point, but the big fellow has been here a few times in recent months, so he wasn’t too disturbed to see me. I stopped about 20 metres away from him, and stood still. After a couple of minutes he lost interest in me and carried on grazing. I quietly left him to it, and I have no doubt that we will see more of him. This is usually Swamp Wallaby country, so I think it must be the dry weather forcing the wildlife to seek food outside their usual habitat. ? It is not so much that nature is important at Hobbs Point, it is rather that Nature is unavoidable at Hobbs Point!
The price of Living with Nature
My little story shows, I hope, what a joy nature can be, however like most things in life, nature too has it’s price. We have just integrated our veggie garden into the much larger 100 square metre orchard – the veggie garden was nearly 20 years old and was literally falling to bits. Now these things don’t come cheap; I’d guess it would cost about $15,000 to replace. But if you have ever seen what a flock of Bats, or Bower Birds, or Cockatoos do to an orchard, you would understand. Wallabies also love fruit and vegetables; that means ALL fruit and vegetables, and so do possums, Bandicoots, and Bush Rats, and there is no such word as share in the animal kingdom! But, if you want to eat your own oranges, lemons, figs, plums, cherries, apples, feijoas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and too many to mention vegetables etc, then I think it is worth the cost.
Living with Nature – Wagonga Inlet
We sometimes forget that all things aquatic are part of nature. We are fortunate that Wagonga Inlet is part of the Batemans Marine Park, and we have watched fish stocks grow in recent years. The waters around Hobbs Point are recognised as a breeding area for Bream, but Flathead, Tailor, Trevally and Snapper are regular “locals”, and even Tuna, Australian Salmon, Kingfish, plus the odd seal , have put in an occasional appearance. The best spot to fish from the shore, is 50 metres from the house, so if I see the Terns diving it’s time to grab a rod and catch dinner.
Living with Nature – Hobbs Bay
Hobbs Bay off our western shores is now a sanctuary zone and can’t be fished, but the birds can’t read the signs! As the bigger fish chase the minnows up to the surface, different birds combine forces and herd the fish into the shallow waters of Hobbs Bay. Pelicans, Cormorants, Seagulls and Terns are most common, but even the Egrets have been seen joining in the fun. One day we counted over 300 Cormorants; wave after wave approached from the east; it was an astonishing sight, we thought it would never end.
Walking with mates
I walk most days, but I rarely leave Hobbs Point to do so. I have a short regular circuit and I do repetitions. How boring do I hear you say? Well it’s not. The trees are magnificent, and I never tire of the views of the inlet, which changes with the seasons and the time of day. I am usually quite alone, but I am never lonely; the birds, the frogs, the blue tongued lizards and the wallabies, are never far away.
I was a nature lover before I moved to Hobbs Point, but in a different way. I think I took it for granted and looked for ever grander vistas; wild animals lived in zoos and nature parks. The mad rush of fitting in a career and caring for my family, didn’t allow time for talking to trees and Magpies. It’s a different wonderful world at Hobbs Point, I don’t have to travel to find nature, I ‘m already with nature.