I enjoyed a couple of solo kayaking trips recently. One was at South Lakes, Goolwa whist the other one was in the Port River at Garden Island.

My Goolwa visit was a short 1/2 hour one due to time restrictions. It was memorable, however, due to sighting two fur seals in the water.

I launched my kayak from this spot adjacent to a private slipway not far from the Hindmarsh Island bridge: –

A little way into my paddling, I spotted what I first thought was a dolphin swimming. It turned out to be a couple of fur seals.

A few water birds were seen close to me launch (& exit) site.

The fur seal sighting made my kayak trip worthwhile.

Ten days later, I took my kayak down to Garden Island where I enjoyed photographing lots of birds and a few dolphins amongst the mangroves.

The dolphins, pelicans and other birdlife sightings made it an enjoyable day out on the river.

By Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is the current President of MLSSA and is a long-standing member of the Society. Steve is a keen diver, underwater explorer, photographer and is chief author of the Society's extensive back catalogue of newsletters and journals.

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