I blogged recently about a pair of Willy Wagtails who built a sturdy little tea-cup nest from spiders' webs and fine grass on a branch hanging over the creek. The chicks hatched about ten days ago. I have enjoyed watching the parents flit to and fro, catching bugs for their brood.
But it poured for three days and the creek flooded.
This is what the nest looked like yesterday. The raging water was grabbing at the branch and providing an adrenaline pumping carnival ride for the chicks. Tree limbs and even whole trees were being driven along by the current. I was waiting for one to hit the branch and rip it off. I didn't hold out much hope for them.
Today, the nest is not quite as round as it was, but it is still there! I could see two healthy and demanding chicks. Mum and Dad were busy fetching them snacks and trying to draw my attention in case I had predatory intentions. You can see by the grass in the background how high the creek got in relation to the nest. The water is still brown and fast but much lower. The wet humid conditions are perfect for insects so there is no shortage of food.
One small positive story in a week of record floods in various parts of Australia.
Let's hope there are more to report as the clean up begins.