Monday, March 12, 2007

Update, two months on

Well it's been a while since I've typed into this little box and published it for the world to see. The lack of posts is due to my being pretty busy, the somewhat limited computing facilities, and the fact that, being in a place that's so biodiverse and full of life, I'm generally trying to get out and see things in my free time.

So, what's been going on up here? We got some real rain for a few days about two weeks ago, caused by the tropical low that then turned into cyclone George (which hit to the west of here). The sheer amount of water that fell absolutely saturated the area; the floodplains are absolutely, well, flooded. The Arnhem Highway is closed not far from here at the Adelaide River (despite being raised above the floodplains, the water was well over the road).

I have to go to bed, so I'll wrap up with a recent panorama of the famous (at least in some circles) Fogg Dam. The dam is on the left (the road runs over the three-metre-high dam wall), on the right are the floodplains. Oh, and that big green clump of vegetation on the road was a floating island of grass that tore off and drifted onto the wall... A heap of birds - egrets, herons, cormorants, spoonbills and the odd Jabiru (night herons at night) have been hanging around the where the water is coming over, making easy meals of the fish travelling between the dam and floodplains. And then there are the crocs...


Kelley said...

You forgot to mention how the research experience was going, hopefully well.

I'd love to see more pictures from the area and of the wildlife...especially any 'buggy' adventures.


Anonymous said...

Good to know you're still out there David :) Don't let no croc have a nibble of ya hear!

*waits for postings as and when they appear*

Snail said...

What about them snakes, hey?

Glad you're still around.

James said...

It took me a while to recognise where that was taken from... Quite an impressive amount of water. Don't hold out on us with the photos, David. Good to know you're seeing lots.

jj said...

good to hear your voice again david.