This delightful little bird is a Yellow-rumped Thornbill.
He/she brings my count of bird species to
50 that I have sighted and photographed in the last 5 years on our farm. That makes me very
happy! If you are interested to see the full listing click on the category “Farm Bird Guide”.
It has been many years since we
have had to flood irrigate to get our lucerne established
but dry times call for drastic measures.
We are lucky to have this as an option, albeit a very expensive option this year.
This photo is a good demonstration how our flood irrigation works.
is divided into bays. Each bay is level across its width but has a slight fall
down the length and has check-banks down each side to contain the flow of water
within each bay. We water one bay at a time. The water comes in the top of the
bay via an outlet on a channel and runs down the length, spreading across the
full width. Before the water reaches the bottom of the bay we close the outlet
to stop the flow of water. Ideally the water should just reach the end, but any
that goes out the bottom flows into our on-farm drainage recycle system where
it is then pumped back into the channel for re-use.
With a couple of hiccups along the way we have finally reached 2,000 posts… 2,000 days.
And I say we because I couldn’t have made it without your continued interest.
Thank you for being part of the journey. Your encouragement
& friendship truly means a lot to me.
can’t say this photo-a-day commitment has always been easy… this year has been particularly challenging. And I’m not going to make any promises as to where to from here except that
I will be back tomorrow… and probably the day after that… and the day after that…