Phoneography Monday: Challengers Choice :Heatwave

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

It has been very hot in Australia for the last few weeks. Many parts are suffering from fire, more deaths have been reported in the period than normally occur as people just haven’t been prepared for the high temperatures experienced. It is not only humans that are suffering. The birds are feeling the heat as well and as we are in a drought they are attempting to source water where normally they do not use.

The rainbow lorikeet in the first photo was trying to get to the water in the pool. Very few birds avail themselves of this at my place because the pool,  surrounded by building on three sides and a wall of waterfall on the remaining side, makes entry and exit steep and not that easy. This little bird though, desperate for either a drink or just to cool flew down, not realising that there is a glass fence  around the pool and flew smack bang into it. I heard the thud and raced out to see the poor stunned bird standing, dazed but not moribund. I kept Zach inside and after 15minute I went out. The bird flew off at this point and I’m hoping it was alright.

The other bird,  a Noisy miner, also flew into an almost inaccessible pond. The walls on three sides and the narrow opening usually deter birds allowing the goldfish to swim with safety from their predators. On this occasion, desperate for water the bird flew in allowing me to capture it on my iPhone 4s through the windows on one side of the pond. This bird was lucky though. He successfully had a drink.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Phoneography Monday: Challengers Choice :Heatwave

  1. fictionfitz says:

    And we are at zero F. I suppose that would not be for the birds either.

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  2. Irene, adore these portraits, but sad that there is such extreme weather for the animals–human and non-human. While you have the increased heat, we have increased cold. Wish that we could balance it all. The entire world must come together and fight climate change. Stay cool. Happy Phoneography Challenge.

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  4. If we could somehow just trade a few degrees. I’d glady send some cold yer way. 🙂

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  5. We have a hard time with the heat but we never stop to think about the wildlife. Poor things. Keep cool. 😀

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  6. vicbriggs says:

    How I wish the birds in my garden would give me a chance to capture them as well as you have with those feathered beauties. Thank you for sharing your treasure 🙂

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  7. vicbriggs says:

    Now to the story: it seems that the weather has gone to extremes all over the world and while the heat waves have become unbearable in Australia, in England we have hardly any days without rain (hours at most and then the deluge).
    It’s a pity that the opportunity to take those pictures has a rather unfortunate source (they are treasures nonetheless, but I wish it had been for a different reason). Glad to hear that they are resourceful and can be successful in finding some water sources at least. Great post.

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    • Thank you Vic. The weather is becoming extreme everywhere and I am saddened that the politicians in this country have decided to deny climate change and reverse those small measures that our previous government had put in place. I think we are probably all going to have to become resourceful in the years to come.

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  8. FireBonnet says:

    That poor little lorikeet… I hope he found some moisture somewhere. And I’m glad you were able to catch the Noisy miner getting some relief.

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  10. I’ve had birds fly into windows on perfect days, too. I hope this guy found some water. I’d be happy to ship over a bit of snow and cold if you like. 🙂

    janet

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