Yes, THOUSANDS of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why.
Wattlebirds are members of the Honeyeater family, and native to Australia. Species of wattlebird include the Little Wattlebird, the Red Wattlebird, the Western Wattlebird, and the Yellow Wattlebird.
According to wikipedia:
Wattlebirds are characterized by their wattles. These are bare fleshy appendages, usually wrinkled and often brightly coloured, hanging from the cheeks, neck or throat, and presumably serving for display. The exception is the Little Wattlebird, which lacks wattles.
Wildlife officers are baffled by the “catastrophic” event, which the Department of Environment and Conservation said began well before last week’s freak storm.
On Monday, Esperance, 725km southeast of Perth, was declared a natural disaster zone.
According to story
It was like a moonscape, just horrible. But the frightening thing for us, we didn’t find any more birds after that. We literally didn’t have any birds left to die.
(Picture Credit: Geoff McLachlan | Click image to get more information about wattlebirds)
Truly a sad story :(