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I checked the forecast before going to bed, as I always do, and the prospects for sunrise looked pretty shit. However I’ve been unwell and hadn’t been out for sunrise for over a week and so I decided to go anyway. Sometimes you just need to decide to go and then go. And the forecast was pretty spot on – lots of medium and low level cloud, but there was a thin lick of golden light on the horizon which added some drama to proceedings. About three minutes before sunrise itself a pod of dolphins appeared from the south, tracking northwards up the beach. This was a welcome arrival and it was great to see them lazily swimming in the waves.

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Shoalhaven Heads Beach is towards the southern end of Seven Mile Beach, just before the start of the old Shoalhaven River mouth. It’s a fairly wild bit of beach as they go, but you can capture some great shots by including the arc of the beach heading north and south.

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