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.
This particular Ibis has been visiting my mothers garden (& neighbours) virtually every day for quite some months now & it is rather lovely to see.
The Australian white ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) is a long–legged bird of about 60 to 75 centimetres in height. It’s mostly white, with delicate black tail feathers and it has a black, bald head with a very long downward curved beak.
When they fly in a group, they often make a long V shape, a beautiful sight to see soaring across an open sky.
Up close, the ibis’ wing span measures over a metre wide, so they’re quite impressive—though gusts of air moving off their wings do carry an odour. It’s a dusty, musky, musty sort of feathery smell quite unique to the species.
During the mating season, the normally rosy pink flesh under the wing turns a bright crimson red, and this colour can be repeated in the skin pigmentation at the back of the head.
To wander through the sweeping corridors and grand rooms of Longleat House is to be transported back in time. Exploring this stunning example of high Elizabethan architecture – and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds surrounding it – is a day out in itself. It was substantially completed by Sir John Thynne in 1580. And today, his descendants are still lucky enough to call it their home.
While visiting Busselton, Western Australia, friends & I stumbled upon “The Shed” market place and wow, wonderful atmosphere, people, produce and food. Not a place to be missed when next visiting Busselton.
(The Shed is a regional market which is located in the heart of the South West of Western Australia. Predominately a produce market incorporating ‘Eat Street’ international food fare and a regular pop-up craft market. The market promotes sustainable farming and supports local farmers, food producers, artisans, creators and makers. )
Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour serves as the port of Perth, the state capital. Fremantle was the first area settled by the Swan River colonists in 1829. It was declared a city in 1929, and has a population of approximately 27,000.
Fremantle is a fascinating place with hundreds of heritage listed buildings. It’s a popular tourist destination with heaps of Australian history.
Recently I was lucky enough to visit a friends small farm, where these beautiful animals live. Dogs, Cats, Pigs Sheep & Goats, what more could anyone ask for :o)