We seem to be having a run of death and destruction.…
It has happened from time to time….and now it is time again! THIS week we have lost two more animals…..to a Wedge-tailed Eagle!
One day we came home to a stripped duck carcass, and decided it was not like a fox attack….maybe it was a cat?? The next day we lost our gorgeous Australorp rooster….but there eating it was a magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle. Well, what mixed emotions!! How amazing this creature was- huge, majestic…..but also hungry….and eating OUR stock! Needless to say the camera was grabbed, but it was a bit quick for us so the photos are blurry.
Quick photo before it saw us and flew off-eating the rooster!
Watching from a safe distance
Circling overhead- that beautiful wedged tail!
The seed sowing was quite successful with most things growing in the new shade house! It won’t be long before they will all be able to be planted out into the veggie garden that the chooks have been scratching around in for the past few months, adding extra ‘fertiliser’ as they go through the scraps.
Fortunately, there are also a few natives we have managed to repot from other areas, so once the rains come we will be able to revegetate small areas that were burnt out in the fire.
We also have had a rush of field mushrooms come up in the paddock…a sign of the cooler weather!
Mushrooms grown in the paddock
But this time it did burn through about 5 of our 10 acres…..fortunately for us the back five acres away from the house and animal/food production areas.
Fire burning in the paddock behind the veggie garden and orchard
Nonetheless, it caused plenty of damage to the natural bush plus the areas we had been regenerating-
Not a lot left!
the fences were either burnt or cut by the fire brigade to get to the fire. What an amazing job they do!
Leaving to get more water
The water pipes to each paddock for the sheep were melted, and we lost four struts and strainers for the gates…..
Strut and strainer and sheep feeder burnt
The Australian bush is amazing though, and will often come back very well after a bushfire…..so fingers crossed.
After switching from Barramundi and Trout, we now have harvested our first Silver Perch. We caught them with fishing rods and prawn bait, very successfully!
First perch caught from the swimming pool
We have had a few visiting heron over the years, but not many as photogenic as this one!! We had mixed feelings seeing it- on the one hand it is lovely seeing the wildlife visit, on the other we knew it would be after the Silver Perch we put in the pond!!
White-faced Heron searching for silver perch!
The challenges of country living continue! In the space of four weeks we left a pump on running the water tank dry (our only source of water)- fortunately the pump wasn’t damaged. The following week was the snake in the house, then the fox attack….and this week a bushfire!
We were awoken around 5.30am with the strong smell of smoke, soon followed by the sound of numerous fire engines. It was obviously close by.
Water bomber in action
The view from the back door at 6.00am
Sunrise through the smoke
Thanks to the Bushfire Brigades! Now hopefully the unsavoury person who lit it (FESA say the cause is ‘suspicious’) will get caught.