Tuesday, February 15, 2022

A Little Eagle

Today I saw an owl as I climbed towards the tower. It flew out of the bushes towards me and gave me a good hard owl stare. I'd followed a white breasted robin as it hopped along from limb to limb just ahead, leading me onwards up the mounatin away from her nest. One step, two step ...

This afternoon a little eagle and its partner flew around and around the tower, shrieking at each other and the nesting birds that yelled back at them. Then one landed on the fence about two metres away and eyed me off.


Sunday, February 6, 2022

Birds Reign

Oh this rain is wonderful and such a welcome reprieve to the last week or so.


It's been so hot and scary-dry and out-of-control-bushfires are getting called in every day. Evacuation centres set up and the heli-taks are filling up with water on the school oval. A woman is walking around town looking for her cat. Her house burned down and she was staying at the backpackers, she said.

As I drove home today, the rain has created that 'shedding' phenomena that I mentioned about the same time last year - the karris suddenly shed their bark when it rains after a hot spell. The roads were covered in crunchy tendrils of tree skin where ever I drove through a karri forest. These skins look like snakes in that they curve and move on the road. 

Over the hot days, I've put fresh water out for the birds and animals. I never feed them here. My thoughts are that they've survived fine without me for millennia, but I know they just love fresh water. They get so excited when I fill up the old enamelled pot. Yesterday I watched a sacred kingfisher come in for a drink, then a wattler which in keeping with its thug reputation, had a glorious bath for fifteen minutes while the king parrots waited patiently. Red robins, silver eyes, spotted pardolotes, firetail finches and thornbills. Then, early this morning, a Carnaby landed. 


This cockatoo seemed to like the general idea of water but was so bloody huge and couldn't work out how to actually bathe in it!

Saturday, February 5, 2022


 Okay so this view to the south is where all the shit gets real for humans re bushfires. If you've been following, West, North and East of the firetower are largely national park areas with little or no people living in the area. To the south of the firetower however are roads, farms, towns and primary real estate.

Because there are so many more people living or moving in this area, our tower job is kinda obsolete. We will spot, plot, report and then forget all smokes we see to the south. We know heaps of people and the brigades will be on it already. But I've spotted three or four bushfires in the north so far this week and they haven;t been half so sexy in the media.