“Don’t look at me! I’m a mess. Been hard at work hollowing out a termite nest.” That’s what this kookaburra seems to be saying: “What, you don’t think termite gunge is the right look for me?” “OK then. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the last half hour:” “That’s a big termite nest, high up […]
This pademelon was so engrossed in having breakfast the other morning that I was able to get up nice and close and get a decent photo before he/she noticed me and hopped away. I often see these lovely animals on my walks at the local wetlands in the early morning or late evening. A few […]
I recently went out to a lovely spot called Beauty Point about 40 minutes drive from Launceston in Tasmania and visited Seahorse World and Platypus House. Seahorse World was quite interesting and had plenty of seahorses to watch and discover. There were a number of tanks full of baby seahorses. These were only a few […]
Water Buttons are a native of South Africa, but naturalised in all Australian states and New Zealand. These hairless, low-growing, perennial herbs flower in Winter and Spring and grow on a range of soils from sandy loam to clay, but are restricted to wet soils that are periodically flooded according to Mr Google. They generally […]
I recently went for an evening walk at Tamar Island Wetlands. It was such beautiful weather and a hot day was cooling down as the sun set, and as I neared the end of my walk, I was treated to some lovely colours in the sky. No two sunsets are the same, so I thought […]
Australia has several Cockatoos, but my favourite has to be the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri). It’s not seen as far south as my state of Victoria, but Melbourne Zoo has a very handsome ‘Cockie’, so I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph it several times on my many zoo visits over the years. It’s found […]
This large, unmistakable, short-tailed parrot is only found in the far northern tip of tropical Queensland (Solomon Islands, Sumba, New Guinea and the Moluccas). It’s highly unusual in the parrot family for its extreme sexual dimorphism of the colours of the plumage; the male having mostly bright emerald-green feathers and the female mostly bright red and […]
November in the south of Australia means the arrival of long awaited peony blooms in florists and cool climate gardens. It is one of our favourite times of the year when peonies and roses are both in bloom! we are always on the hunt for beautiful open gardens and flower farms so when we came…
One of the most spectacular birding sights to be seen in Australia is taking place around Richmond at the moment.
The undulating, chirping group formation of budgerigars on the wing, known as a murmuration, has been caught on camera by Richmond grazier, Terry Carrington.
Terry, who lives at Patroy, 27km south of Richmond in north west Queensland, said he had lived in the area all his life but never witnessed as many budgies in a flock as what he has been seeing over the last week.
“2003 would have been the last time I saw them somewhere near as thick as this,” he said.
Read the full article and watch an amazing video that captures an estimated 20,000 budgies participating in a murmur here.