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Digital Image - Superb Blue Wren, Malurus cyaneus cyanochlamys, Bushfire Beach Survey, Lorne, Feb 1983 Image Reg. No: MM 112390

Photograph taken of bushfire wildlife victim in Lorne following Ash Wednesday.

This image was taken by Andrew Wegener on a field survey following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires on the beaches between Apollo Bay and Torquay. The survey studied the effects of bushfire on the wildlife and a number of specimens were photographed and collected that day. Andrew Wegener donated 15 of the specimens to the ornithology collection at Museum Victoria for study and research and published a paper in the Australian Bird Watcher describing the survey and its findings.
Statement Of Significance:
This series of images is significant in a number of ways. It references the effects of bushfire on wildlife and illustrates quite literally the power of the heat and ambient environment during a bushfire. Most of these animals showed no outward signs of bushfire effect. Most died from heat or smoke exhaustion. Further these images illuminate a small collections in the ornithology collection made up of samples from this survey. Whilst the images give a human context to the specimens and reveal how and when the survey was conducted they also stand as a visual identification for what are now only bones.
Description Of Content:
Image of remains of a Superb Blue Wren lying on sand surrounded by seaweed.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Andrew Wegener, 2010
Photographer: Andrew Wegener
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: bushfires, natural environment, natural disasters, wildlife, naturalists
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Original Caption: Superb Blue Wren-2
Format: Digital Still Image: Colour
Photographer: Andrew Wegener, Australia, 1983
Place & Date Depicted: Lorne, Victoria, Australia, Feb 1983

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