Mike Larder captured this image of an osprey in flight with the she-oak in the background.
Mike Larder captured this image of an osprey in flight with the she-oak in the background.

She-oak landmark at Angourie falls to time

By ADRIAN MILLER

THE grand old she-oak at Angourie is no more.

For years the angled, awkwardly growing icon of Angourie Point, which was just as famous as the pointbreak itself, stood out to all and inspired many an artist who gazed upon its unique form.

But not only was it a landmark to surfers, or a subject for artists. It was home to many a pair of ospreys which returned yearly to nest.

The 20-metre tall she-oak was finally undone by the ferocious storms which hit Angourie and Yamba over the Christmas break.

And locals and surfers alike are devastated

Angourie-based artist Lyn Ford said the landscape of Angourie Point had changed forever.

"It was becoming a tourist icon because everyone would walk down there to look at the tree and nest, and people were always talking about it," she said.

"If you looked at the landscape, the tree was unique, so it's strange it not being there."

Ecologist Greg Clancy said the loss of the osprey nest could cause problems for the birds, but it was too early to tell.

"Its importance really does depend on whether there is another suitable tree nearby to build their nest because they do have specific nest requirements," he said.

"They won't start nesting until March/April, then we will know if they can find a suitable tree to build their nest."

Clarence surfer Jeremy Walters said the tree had symbolised many things.

"My mate did some t-shirts for the Angourie Boardriders Club years ago and that's what he used as the Boardriders' symbol, and it sort of stuck," he said.

"Angourie has definitely lost an icon."



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