Photo is from ABC Online:
The biggest worry are the bushfires. South Australia had several large fires in Clare and in the south (near Mount Gambier), but the worst have been in Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria. Most started by lightning (absent in S.A.), with considerable property damage, loss of homes (150+ in Tas), loss of stock (terrible), loss of native bushland and animals.
All praise to our firefighters and their support crews (including admin) for their brave and heroic efforts! The fires are still burning, many still not contained, so we need your prayers for their safety.
Bird report: very few, most are down the mountain (for the days I could get in). A few around: wrens, thornies, RBFs, heard spiney and fantails. RBFs were in my garden (Yipee!)
Happy writing, for when it's not too hot to write
A COUNTRY OF EXTREMES - Southeast fires vs northwest cyclone
The Forcett-Copping fire, near the Tasman Peninsula, photograph Rebecca White (from ABC Online)
The dust-storm whipped up by Cyclone Narelle (off the WA coast) from Nine MSN
The Dunalley Fires, Tasmania, photograph Ian Lim/Discover Tasmania (from ABC Online)