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Tuesday, 16 January

20:49

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07:00

Take away skinks Natural Newstead

This pair of nesting Sacred Kingfishers first featured a few weeks back, on the 9th December 2017 to be precise and then again on New Years Eve when I discovered the female incubating a recently laid clutch.

I captured the following sequence last Sunday, with what I suspect is the male kingfisher delivering small skinks to the incubating female. My bet is that the eggs are about to hatch. Ill keep my distance for now and provide an update next weekend.

Sacred Kingfisher with skink, Mia Mia Track area, 14th January 2018

Monday, 15 January

17:43

Their first day Edgar's Mission Farm SanctuaryEdgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary

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To think this was the first day they felt the warmth of the sun and took their first breaths of fresh air is a tragedy in itself, but how these birds were left to suffer and die as so many looked helplessly on is just senseless and heartbreaking.

Science has proven what our hearts already knew, that chickens are thinking and feeling animals who have interests in their own lives. When animals are reduced to the status of property, we fly in the face of what we know as individuals and as a society.

Like many around the world, we watched on in horror as the news unraveled of the awful plight of thousands of gentle broiler chickens. At around 10.30am today, the slaughterhouse-bound truck overturned on a busy road in Geelong. Whilst the driver escaped with an injured arm, his cargo werent so fortunate.

Adding insult to the selective breeding that has seen these baby birds grow faster than nature intended, the repeated rejection of requests from trained and knowledgeable members of the public to offer assistance and compassion to the many injured and dying birds speaks volumes to the blinkers our society wears when it comes to animals in our care. If these animals were puppies or kittens, with whom chickens share the same capacity to suffer, the story would never have played out this way.

While we were hoping to offer concerned people an avenue to speak up for these poor birds, there is some confusion over who is infact responsible. Well try to keep you updated as the truth comes to light.

But please remember, the only reason these birds are thrust into such a dire circumstance is because people support these industries. It really is that simple.

Our hearts break for every one of these babies who lost their life today. From the footage we could hear the chirps of chicks, not the clucks of adult birds. Already at their designated slaughter weight yet barely 6 weeks old. We trust their heartbreaking deaths wont be for nothing as we ask everyone to consider this very simple, yet life defining question: If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldnt we?

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Pictured: Betany, one of the very few lucky ones rescued October 2015

08:35

Not just bark Natural Newstead

The heat at this time of year produces some amazing bushland effects, especially with the bark on our local Yellow Gums. During a run of very hot days long strips of bark, grey-blue on the outside and orange on the inside, peel away to reveal the classic look of the Yellow Gum aka White Ironbark. The accumulation of bark on the forest floor is a key driver of the ecology of this landscape Yellow-footed Antechinus are one of the animals to profit and not surprisingly are abundant where there is good cover of fallen bark.

Yellow Gum, Mia Mia Track, 13th January 2018

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