To: "Charles Hunter via Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Question
From: "Penny Brockman" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:10:31 +1100
In my area which is Gloucester Mid north coast NSW we didn’t have close fires but we had a lot of smoke and drought. Rivers flowing from Barrington Tops were reduced to series of puddles. So on top of extreme heat and no water, and then fires all around with smoke, birds that could fly the distance went east to parts of the coast that didn’t burn. These included large honeyeaters - noisy friarbirds, red wattle birds that usually are in high numbers here. Parrots seemed to be okay  and we had a large flock of little corellas visit. 

Result since is low numbers of small woodland birds such as honeyeaters, flycatchers, robins, thornbills, red browned finches, wrens etc.  I find more along riverbanks. Satin bowerbird numbers are also down.  Parrots and common mynas as usual. 

However there’s been a lot of breeding and conditions are good. I see lots of juveniles. Three floods and dams full, paddocks well grassed so hopefully birds will double or treble breed. 
Penny Brockman

On Mon, 25 Jan 2021, at 3:24 PM, Philip Veerman wrote:

Hi Barney,


That is a very valid question. There have of course been studies like that over many events. There will be summary writings on the subject. Unfortunately I don’t think you will find a simple answer. Many factors operate in this, not all sites will respond in the same way, it depends on plant species involved, the climate since then and many other factors. It could be said each bird species will respond in its own way (although there will be groupings). Some birds will survive and stay or repopulate quickly. Some species will be attracted to the change. Some will take years or many decades to return to “normal”. People familiar with that area could respond about that area. Each bit of information needs to be taken within its own context.




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Barney
Sent: Monday, 25 January, 2021 2:01 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Question


When the devastating bushfires went through Healesville etc back in 2009 we

went through there on our way to Gippsland and stayed the night to support the locals.

My question is, has the birdlife recovered to the pre-bushfire numbers and if

so how long did it take.

Barney Enders

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