Saturday, 1 March 2014
Nearly 300mm of rain has fallen at Lorna Glen since the beginning of this year! Summer rain is a normal occurrence in this part of Australia, but the amount varies from season to season. Last year about one third of this fell on the property, creating some very green conditions in March, but by June things had dried out. The conditions lately have made it very difficult for Lorna Glen caretakers Keith and Rhonda to get around. The roads are under water! The above photo shows one corner of the fenced enclosure, which is well and truly flooded. Here are a couple more shots of one of the large wetland areas, brimming with wonderful fresh water!
I've wondered why our tracked eagles' altitudes have been quite low over the last 3 weeks. This is probably because there has been little thermal activity, and too many thunderstorms! In wet conditions eagles spend much of their day perching in trees - flying when waterlogged is too energy demanding. It will be an amazing season this year and hopefully this rain bodes well for eagle breeding success!
Thanks to Keith and Rhonda for sending me these pictures.