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Beach of many uses

June 26, 2012 Posted by: Christine Baird
A snowy-white bird standing at the water's edge with lots of people nearby on the beach. 

This snowy egret with her showy neon-yellow feet has been a regular beach-goer here at Aquatic Park. During May and June we get lots of school kids at Aquatic Park beach enjoying end-of-year field trips and this year the weather has been beautiful  -- warm enough to throw off those shoes and go wading. Mobs of screaming, frolicking kids don't scare off the egret, she just adjusts. When someone gets too close she (or he?) flies up and lands on an empty strip of sand. Must be good fishing. She wades in about knee-high (do egrets have knees?) and I've seen her three times swallowing a wiggling, silvery fish.

A white bird standing in the water on Aquatic Park beach with five children playing in the water in the background.


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A white marking painted on the port side of Balclutha with letters and lines.

This "Plimsoll Mark" is painted on the port side of Balclutha and named for Samuel Plimsoll, an Englishman who fought to pass the Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. Before this law, many ships were dangerously overloaded and many sank. These “coffin ships” claimed the lives of many sailors. More...