I'd like to endorse Russell's comments.
It was 41C (106F) in Adelaide today and 45C (113F) under our veranda
here in Murray Bridge, 80km SE of Adelaide.
Tomorrow the forecast is for even greater fire risks with increasing
wind speed. There is a total fire ban throughout South Australia,
including the inner metropolitan area. All National Parks are closed.
As to the birds in this heat, we'd been away for 48 hours and on our
return I noticed that out bird baths had dried up. Within 60 seconds of
refilling them we had New Holland Honeyeaters, House Sparrows and
Spotted Pardalotes drinking from them.
Russell Woodford wrote:
Anyone headed into the bush this weekend needs to be mindful of the
weather and fires situation. I'm not sure if you've arrived here yet,
Drew, but we've had bad bushfires in the NE of Victoria for the last
week and they look set to worsen tomorrow with temperatures forecast to
top 40 degrees in some places (37 in melbourne). 40 deg C is 104
Fahrenheit. There have been fires in the west and northwest as well,
and anything is possible in these temperatures once the north wind gets
All the national parks and most state forests in the NE of the state are
closed due to fires, as are many places in Gippsland.
You can check fire updates at
(for public land)
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ for private land and urban areas.
Cheers, and I hope everyone has a safe weekend.
Birding-Aus List Owner
Geelong Victoria Australia
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