Sunday, October 7, 2012
The NPWS crew must have been burning Morton NP last week, when I was in Braidwood, Ulladulla and Kioloa with an old mate, in pursuit of Hooded Plovers, Masked Owls and Olive Whistlers (see Birdline NSW at www.eremaea.com for more on that). The area burnt stretches between Gambells Rest and Grand Canyon Lookout. It is a black and gold wasteland, with many of the scribbly gums unscathed, oddly. There is no understorey remaining. The only birds in the wasted area were Laughing Kookaburras, probably looking for any exposed lizards. We're expecting an intense fire season over summer. Hopefully this burning has helped. LJ, October 7 2012.