Monday, February 3, 2014

More 40C+ Temperatures

Yes, it IS Summer and yes, this is when we expect our hot weather, so that is not worth mentioning.
What is worth mentioning is that the maxima are so high and general AND so variable.
It was 43C yesterday and today's forecast maximum is 25C, though only 18C at present.

We received about 7 spots of rain last evening, so that was a blessed relief, not.

The only reptiles I routinely see are small skinks, and even they were not out on the rocks sun-baking in the real heat, but are scampering around today.

The birds yesterday were clearly distressed.
Sheltering beaks open and wings held out from their body.

The "news" , given that so many different species have been seen to do so before, is that yesterday and for the first time, so were the Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos.

These two photos were taken late in the afternoon, close to 7PM

Earlier in the day, at the hottest, three flew down to one of the water trays and took turns drinking.
they have not been seen to do that here before.

I didn't risk disturbing them in order to take a photo.

Their call can be heard here and clearly they do seek out other peoples' bird baths.

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