Wildlife survival in the current Kimberley floods

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 17:59
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Well, I guess, by now, most people know that the Kimberley region of W.A. has been hit with multiple tropical cyclones since Dec 2017, resulting in flooding, such as hasn't been seen in quite a few decades in the region.

Broome alone has received more than 1500mm of rain just for January and February 2018 - beating all rainfall records for Broome and ensuring that 2018 will go down as the highest rainfall year ever recorded, since weather records started to be kept at Broome in the late 1880's.

In the link below, are some fascinating photographs of the survival techniques used by the ground-dwelling wildlife, when the country is flooded for kms, and there's little by way of survival points or shelter.

What is amazing about these photos is how the wildlife is prepared to put their basic enmity aside, to preserve their lives!

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2018/02/photos-capture-feat-of-survival-as-predators-and-prey-break-boundaries-to-escape-floods

The ABC Facebook page also has a video of this wildlife survival. The Aboriginal Rangers normally do their wildlife patrols on foot - now they're having to use kayaks!

https://www.facebook.com/ABCKimberley/videos/10156134137092156/

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 20:40

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 20:40
Wow, amazing.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 23:32

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 at 23:32
Hi Ron


Thanks for sharing.



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Reply By: Member - Scott & Sally - Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 07:32

Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 07:32
G'day Ron,


Great article. Nature's amazing.
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Reply By: Candace S. - Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 09:27

Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 09:27
Wow, lots of rain in the Kimberley and also over in QLD.

Has the entire top end been receiving such excessive rains this season? In particular, Darwin and Kakadu?
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:33

Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 12:33
Hi Candace - Darwin and Kakadu have not been receiving the abnormal rains that the Kimberley region has been receiving - although the Darwin and Kakadu region did receive heavy rains in the last week of January.
The Daly region in particular, received higher-than-nornal rainfall in that period.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-30/daly-river-residents-spend-night-in-evacuation-centre/9372880

You can study the recent rainfall patterns on the Bureau of Meteorology website, under "Climate".

The link below gives the weekly rainfall reports on a historical basis for all of Australia.

The rainfall analysis map is enlargeable by left clicking on it, and you can acquire more detailed information under the menu item - "More maps and notes".

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/rainfall/archive.shtml

Regards, Ron.
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Reply By: the_fitzroys - Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 21:41

Sunday, Feb 25, 2018 at 21:41
Great article! Thanks for sharing :-)

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