Another mild day on Kangaroo Island with cloudy skies. The weather has been perfect for our holiday and whilst we packed for cooler weather we ended up in shorts and T-Shirts for our morning walk into Kingscote.
After about 5kms into the town and back again, we bought some take away lunch and hopped in the car and headed for Seal Bay.
This conservation park is brilliantly setup to give great access to a colony of Australian Sea Lions who breed and raise their young on this coastal reserve.
We had the option to join a guided tour which would take us down to the beach but we opted to take the self guided boardwalk tour which does not provide access onto to the beach. It is a decision we were glad to have made since there seemed to be much more action at the end of the beach where we were.
Near the beach there is the skeleton of young humpback whale which beached itself and died in 1984.
The Sea Lions were very engaging. Whilst many seemed to be sleeping others were in and out of the water and play fighting amongst themselves on the beach. There was an adult male on the beach who spent most of his time displaying his aggression to young and old alike.
At the end of the boardwalk there was another large male Sea Lion who spent most of the time we were there asleep, but he did deign to wake up and pose for us before returning to his slumber
We loved seeing the Sea Lions "surfing" into the beach.
One of the surfers turned out to be a female Sea Lion returning to feed her pup. As she neared the beach we could hear her calling, and immediately her pup responded. They were very quick to find each other and once they managed to ward off the attentions of the aggressive male they settled down together on the beach
We spent an enthralling hour watching the antics of the Sea Lions before heading back up the board walk. I found some more wild flowers and birds along the way.