This year it was not so lucky for an old sheep farm I lived at when I worked as a criminal lawyer to the east of Canberra - Waratah. Grass fires destroyed a swath of grass and timbered lands through the area, although the old homestead seems safe.
In one recent storm that hit my farm recently, this young king parrot took a bit of a beating. The pictures show a little damage to the top of the left leg - although when he first came by, his flight was unsteady.
Since then, he has been taking it easy at the farm, and has been recovering fast - his flight seems strong, although some of the feathers are still out of place.
Because he was been storm scarred, I have called him Mangga - Thunderstorm. He sits outside my study, calling me to come out so he can take a ride on head or shoulder as I do farm chores. He takes a keen interest in my watch.
It is time to organize mating and shearing of the alpacas - I am looking a bit shaggy at the moment as well. I will ask the shearer to give me a cut as well.