At 11:52 am on the 10th of January as many as seven fires were lit along the Forrest Highway in Southwest Western Australia. The fires then coalesced and moved northeast towards Southern Eastuary Road and the municipal localities of Lake Clifton and Herron. These semi-rural areas are along the east side of the Mandurah-Eaton Ridge which runs down to the Eastern edge of Lake Clifton and the Yalgorup National Park. The fires didn't (haven't) jumped the Old Coast Road so are still well away from the Lake and properties on the west side of the road, but so far at least 8 homes have been burnt down as well as a number of sheds and outbuildings throughout the Armstrong Hills subdivision, Tuart Grove subdivision and parts of Herron. No humans died although some pets, horses and other stock and of course many native animals have been killed and around about 2000 hectares of plants and trees have been destroyed or severely burnt.
You can see a video of it here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2011/01/11/3110863.htm
I know people who lived in the general area (on the west side of Old Coast Road). …
We disturbed a spoonbill roosting on the thrombolites. Musk duck calls out his territory in the water nearby.
These were quite squishy to the touch and birds had been pooing on them.
Close up of one of the lithified stones. I think this has been turned over when they dug the drain. It shows a non stratified texture. The brown fibres are fresh material dried on it from the last time the lake level was high. These whitish rocks are higher up the shore.