|Flood waters nearly covering the predator fence. © K Finney|
|Mark boating up a flooded drain to pick me up. © K Finney|
The flood has meant that I can't get to some of our island sites. Luckily Mark the NPWS predator control operative was able to give me a lift out to these sites.
Inchinalee Island, up near Athlone is nearly completely under water, the cattle stranded on what is left of the island. The distance to shore has increased from about 30 to over 500 meters and the current is so strong that swimming them off the island is impossible, for now. They have enough grass, but if flood waters persist or rise the farmer will have to provide them with additional feed or find some way of getting them off the island. Amazingly the last remaining pair of Redshank managed to sucessfully hatch its chicks in the worst of the weather and the male is continuing to raise them.
|Flooding on Inchinalee Island. © K Finney|
|Flooding on Inchinalee island. © K FInney|
|Redshank fledgling swimming in flood waters. © K Finney|
|Flood waters on Esker Callows. © K. Finney|