A Trip to Albatross, Hunter & Three Hummock Islands

Landing on the sand bank, Walker Passage

As it was we decided to land on the sand bar so I could change video batteries. It was also a place to stretch our legs and wait for the incoming tidal flow to build up. This would assist us cross to Walker Island.

Cathedral Rocks, Walker Island

We rounded the northern tip of Walker Island and stopped briefly for lunch. We couldn't wait too long as we had to be at Mosquito Inlet in time for high tide. Otherwise we would have a long wait or portage.

Lichen on Cathedral Rocks

Passing Cathedral Rocks, we noticed the vivid orange lichen illuminated by the brilliant sunshine. This area is also a Mutton Bird rookery. In October millions of birds arrive back here from their long Arctic journey.

Laurie playing in surf with sails up, Walker Island

On the way to Mosquito Inlet Laurie decided to get in some surfing practice inshore. The small waves were no problem, even with sails still up!

Approachinf Mosquito Inlet, Walker Island

There was a small shore break in the channel entrance to Mosquito Inlet. In easterly weather this can be quite treacherous and largely impossible to negotiate. Once again with ideal weather we had no problems.

Campsite, Walker Island

That afternoon we camped in a small shed on Walker Island. Some families from nearby Smithton were out camping in a house about 2 km away. They had come up the track on a tractor pulling a boat trailer.

Sea Eagle

In the late afternoon an inquisitive sea eagle checked us out by circling for about ten minutes before heading off for more promising signs of life.

Early morning return, Walker Passage

On our last day of the trip it was a 4.00 am start to catch high tide in Robbins Passage. As the darkness receded it was pleasant sailing along, savouring the experience of the last eight days.

All images from the video

Tasmania's Shy Albatross

by Jeff Jennings

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