2013 Fire (Déjà vu)

Fire is a defining force in the Northern Territory, with the habitat strongly shaped and adapted to frequent burns. Just a few days to the year after the large fire that swept through the field site last year (burning about half the site), we experienced a smaller fire on the outskirts of the property. The fire burned the territories of about 15 of our wrens, some of which we have resighted in nearby unburned habitat and some of which remain to be found. Richard’s fire breaks kept the majority of the site untouched. (Actually, the day that I was writing this blog post was over a week after the fire, but it just so happened that another fire came down from the hills on the west side of the property that night, affording some nice photos of the fire).


A fire burning at night directly off the main road on the study site


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