Nest

I will need to make it another quick post tonight. I have to get up early for work (which means I have to get up in about 4 hours).

After what seemed like a never-ending summer, winter has come knocking on the door rather firmly. There’s been rain, thunder, hail, and monstrous cold winds all day. Since I got the chance to leave work during daylight for a change, I drove up to our section just to stand there and feel the wind. How much wind? Which direction? What about the rain on the ground? Any boggy spots? I’m sure it seems mental to stand outside in a field during a howling thunderstorm, but I want to get to know what I can plant and where. Where will I need shelter belts? Which spots drain well, and which ones drain badly? It’s helpful to see the land in both good and bad weather.

So, of course, when I arrived at around sunset, the sky obliged by giving me the picture above. Believe it or not, it was still raining.

I also managed to disturb the Spur Winged Plovers (and a visiting Rainbow Lorikeet) who were sheltering their eggs from the storm. I had actually marked their nest with a garden stake way back in Easter, and they’ve been there tending to it every time I’ve visited, so it’s interesting (and possibly a bit sad) to see that nothing has hatched yet. This might mean better luck next year, folks.

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Hopefully this isn’t some kind of omen for our own nest-building to come, but it’s probably for the best if these plovers aren’t trying to raise chicks in a building site anyway.

 

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