Photographer's Note

Another hundred photos. With all the problems the TE site seems to be having lately I wondered if I would remain stranded on 199.

The Tailor in this case has the scientific name Pomatomus saltatrix, a fairly tasty fish (so some say, provided you force the fish to bleed by breaking its neck to kill it) often found in large schools on the east coast of Australia, the main season being from July to October. It's also known as Chopper, Bluefish or Skipjack.

The location for this shot, which I took a couple of weeks ago on a rare sunny August day, is kown as 'The Warmies'. Don't ask me for the origin of this name, but it could certainly have been a bit warmer when I hopped out of the car to take some photos. It seems to be the semi-official name of the boat ramp at Newport Park, about 7km west of the centre of Melbourne, some of the skyscrapers of which you can see in the background on the left of the photo between the cranes. I returned to this spot a week later in more unpleasant weather and found about 100 people fishing in a small area; they must have heard that the Tailor were biting that day.

The water into which this fisherman has cast his bait is a channel for the outflow of water from a power station (strangely, the Tailor don't seem to mind), and beyond the rock wall is the Yarra River, only a few metres from its mouth at the northern end of Port Philip Bay. Beyond that is Webb Dock, in which the large ship, the Wallenius Wilhelmsen, is at that very moment docking. I watched it for ten minutes steaming up the bay while I fiddled with the camera.

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