Day 34. Bush fire sunsets and birds

Tern sunset

Its much more rewarding to watch sunsets than take pictures of them. But because of controlled fuel burns up at Gnangara and Mundaring, a pall of brown wood smoke covered the horizon tonight and the sky glowed. Two Crested terns passed at an opportune moment.

Below is a Nankeen Night heron next to the “A shed” docks at Fremantle harbour, in symmetry with a rusty bollard and picked out by the burning sunset. I’ve got mixed feelings about these birds as they are an important reservoir for arboviruses further north, including Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin. Fortunately both patients I’ve seen with these rare infections have fully recovered, but many don’t.

Night heron on dock

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