This is a frequent sight here in Perth, Western Australia during our summer period. I managed to capture these photos, 2 streets away from my home, last year. Hopefully this coming summer we will see far less fires.
During the bushfire season, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) calls on additional fixed-wing water bombers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) who has the largest fleet.
These aircraft are released to assist DFES to contain large bushfires and support its ground and helicopter fleet.
Both DPAW and DFES aircraft are on standby through contract arrangements during the bushfire season and operate from metropolitan and regional bases strategically located at Jandakot, Bunbury and Manjimup and Albany.
Fixed-wing water bombers are a valuable and efficient firefighting resource used to assist helicopters and ground crews to boost firefighting capability.
Like helitacs, water bombers can only operate during daylight hours but due to the location of their nominated operating bases can be redirected quickly to high priority fires at short notice. They are also capable of carrying and dropping up to 3200 litres of water.
before the water drop
The Australian green tree frog, simply green tree frog in Australia, White’s tree frog, or dumpy tree frog is a species of tree frog native to Australia and New Guinea, with introduced populations in the United States and New Zealand, though the latter is believed to have died out. The species belongs to the genus Litoria. It is morphologically similar to some other members of the genus, particularly the magnificent tree frog and the white-lipped tree frog.
While out today I managed to spot these two gorgeous native Western Australian Birds. Lucky I had my camera with me.
The Western Rosella (Platycercus Icterotis)
The Western Rosella is the smallest rosella and is usually seen in pairs or small parties. However, it is quiet and easily overlooked. The head neck and under body of males are mostly red, while those of females and juveniles are mottled red. The cheek patch is yellow or cream. The two subspecies may interbreed, with varying colour on the back. The flight is light and fluttery and less undulating than in other rosella species. This species is also known as the Yellow-cheeked or Stanley Rosella. Western Rosellas may damage fruit in orchards and were earlier killed as vermin. They are now protected from destruction, except with a special licence. They are possibly declining in the wheat belt from loss of woodland.
Twenty Eight Parrot (Australian Ringneck) (Barnardius Zonarius Psittacidae)
There are several different forms of the Australian Ringneck across its range and each appears slightly different, but they all have one feature in common — a yellow collar which stretches across the bird’s hind neck. Aside from appearing different from one another, birds of the different populations also sound different, with pronounced regional variation. For example, the subspecies in Western Australia is often referred to as the ‘Twenty-eight Parrot’ because its contact call is usually rendered as twenty-eight, with the call (and the name) is unknown in other parts of Australia.