Taking Shelter

January 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Posted in Australia, Nature | 8 Comments
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It has been raining here for two days as the remnants of Cyclone Oswald reach to the southern areas of eastern Australia. It will get worse, with stronger winds added to the rain. We will be fine where we are, but others won’t be as lucky.

There are thousands of people in Queensland and in northern NSW who are having it very tough at present. Many have been flooded from their homes and businesses. There have been deaths usually as people try to cross through swollen creeks and flooded causeways. (Some folk never learn).

States of emergency have been declared in some areas, and all emergency services are flat out helping those who are in trouble. Then they get some idiot like the one here.

As the rain falls and the wind blows, we look out onto our front verandah and see that other creatures are affected by the weather too. Our verandah always becomes a refuge for birds trying to get out of the rain, especially rainbow lorikeets.

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 We also have the ubiquitous noisy miners which, for once don’t gang up against the other birds. They all look rather forlorn at times like this

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Today, I also managed to photograph a couple of the magpies that decided to take shelter there too. They don’t often come this high (the verandah is at second-storey level on our sloping block). They spend most of their time hunting for bugs and other creatures in their territory, which includes the lawns of other houses within an area of about a hundred metres radius of us.

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I hope that the people affected by the floods are able to find shelter – just as these birds have done.

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© Linda Visman

28th January 2013

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  1. It is difficult for the wildlife in this sort of weather. I love your photos. Hopefully Queensland will come out of this relatively unscathed but the shock is how quickly it all came about!

    • It has been a hard road for many Queenslanders Debbie – especially those who have been flooded once more after just getting set up again after the floods two years ago, 😦 Glad you like the photos. We love having the birds.

      • Yes, I just don’t know how the Queenslanders cope!

  2. Been watching the news and have seen what you’ve all been going through. Disturbing and so sad. Loved your images. The whole of nature groans in moments like these. You’re all in our thoughts Linda.

    • Hi Don. Thanks for your comment. Glad you like the images too. I think Nature is feeling rather poorly after what we’ve been doing to it, and weather extremes are one of the symptoms.

  3. Wonderful photos. I hate to think of what might be happening to the birds and animals in the worst hit areas.

    • There have been many losses in the hard-hit areas Lancer, as there always are when such disasters occur. I just hope we can reduce Man’s impact on the environment and reduce the loss.

  4. It’s nice to hear of the peaceful attitude of these Noisy Miners. 🙂


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