After the Megafires
The rains came in January and February… thankfully…
…because in the preceding months, our region was scorched by an unprecedented number of wild fires, with an enormous impact on people and their homes, and on nature, local environments and our beautiful wildlife.
Our valley was spared the conflagration, but regardless, our local wildlife suffered heavily, their primary sources of food destroyed. This suffering was so severe that a regional wildlife charity provided free sustenance for our starving animals and birds. From January until early May, when the regrowth was considered sufficient to sustain our wildlife, local outlets such as garden nurseries and hardware stores provided a supply of pellets for wallabies and kangaroos, and a seed mix for our birdlife.
From this point, I will tell the story in photos…
|The aftermath... Molly 'stands' to drink at the bird bath... which is no more.|
|After Molly's 'accident', we provided water at ground level for the animals. This was placed with the free kangaroo pellets obtained from local stores.|
|A hungry crow samples one of the pellets provided for the wallabies. For some months, the crows returned to the feeder tray to sup along with the wallabies.|
|February... The rains had come but the birds were starving. On one occasion, we were visited by 30 galahs, young and old.|
I keep my fingers crossed for a continuation in the rains into the future so that our ravaged environment, our people and animals can recover.
During these dangerous times of spreading Coronavirus, please stay safely at home as often as you are able. Wishing you hours of enjoyment and contentment in your garden…