Nice Wet Stuff

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Subject: Nice Wet Stuff
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 2006 22:17:14 +1100
Hi everyone

It's great to see our prayers answered - it has rained for much of the day here in Ocean Grove, and many other places in Victoria. We've had some good heavy downpours. The bushfires are not completely out but it has given most of the firefighters a few days' respite, and a chance to get home to their families over Christmas.

Some of you will have already been into the fire areas to rescue wildlife - well done on a largely thankless, and often grim task. Reports from the already burnt areas tell us that not many animals are being found, as the fires were just too large and often moving too fast for ground-dwelling animals to escape. I haven't received any reports on birdlife yet.

Thanks for the kind words I've received from many people - I get a lot of enjoyment myself from Birding-Aus, and it is always pleasing to hear of people who have made contact through the mailing list then met up for some birding. It's a credit to everyone who is part of this forum that we all get on so well nearly all the time: I think we all understand what unites us - not just birding, but a love of the outdoors, an awareness of the balance of the natural world. So thank you for your contributions, and particularly for the time and energy you dedicate to supporting our birds one way or another. And thanks to the team keep Birding-Aus ticking over - archivist Andrew Taylor, and moderator Bill Stent.

I hope you and your families have a very happy and safe Christmas

Russell Woodford


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