Almost back on deck. I'm back to expanding out a short story for the Kernewek Lowender festival here in South Australia.
I'll add short articles to the blog to catch up on the last few weeks news.
Today's short update: a Walk to Emerald Quarry on the north flank of Mt Barker (sorry, no real emeralds, some of the rocks have a green tinge and that's as close as you'll get!)
The background: It's still incredibly dry and hot. Eastern states and Northern Territory have floods - we had a whole 4mm for February.
I'm hunting down the Nairne Fault, and I'm sure I can see it now but it's going to be a bit difficult to get there - thanks to a rock fall. Here's a few photos around the quarry - it was dug out in the late '70s to build the South-Eastern Freeway (from Adelaide to Melbourne); I doubt they could make a mess like this now.
Birds seen and/or heard this weekend: Pardelotes (SEEN! A whole bunch going over bark/leaves/etc), wrens, thorbills (striated and y/rumped), fantail (flew at my head), Mrs GW, rosies, goldfinches, y/f h/es, clogs, babblers, blackbirds, and I think a SCRUBBIE! Heard: kookas, curras, spiney. SEEN: kangas!
Birds seen at home this weekend: RBFs and WRENS! WOW!
Writing more in a couple of days. Update on the MtB Summiteers.
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear sister, Lyn. Best wishes for a fabulous year!