In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use.
A few of the birds that passed by my lens while I was camped at one end of the Longreach Waterhole just west of the small NT town of Elliott..
I’ve been camping with a few mates in the Gippsland lakes for he past week or so and on the rare day of good sun I caught up with a few of the local waterbirds, including one of my favourites, the Pied Oystercatcher. Here are some pix of Haematopus and his mates …
Is our landscape one shaped by humans and weather forces or might other agents - like birds - be in part responsible for the spread of fire across our landscapes? There are more questions here than answers...so far.