The beautiful Musk Lorikeet
Somers is a seaside village community located south of Melbourne on Westernport Bay in the Mornington Peninsula Shire. With a mix of sandy beaches, rockpools and tidal flats, Somers is popular for sailing, skiffle boarding and beachcombing. The cliffs of Somers have spectacular views to Phillip Island and the Nobbies.
If you go down to the mouth of Coolart Creek at fairly low tide you may encounter the little Red-capped Plovers as I did on Monday 25 May when I saw six. Fortunately at this time of year with fewer people on the beach, there is less pressure on this charismatic little beach-nesting bird. I think it is quite amazing and special that they still come to this spot when there is so much human activity.
You can watch them feeding for hours as they rush along the water’s edge, then stop abruptly, before darting forward again. Unlike most plover species, the male is distinct from the female with a more rufous head.
We came; we saw; we were conquered!
We loved the dolphins playing with a dog the day we saw this house. We holidayed at Shoreham for years until the winters without power became bleak and we moved to Flinders. On retirement our permanent option was our dream home at Mt Martha but rising costs killed that. An inspection at Somers, a walk on the beach and we were hooked.