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 […]

via MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOO (Cacatua leadbeateri) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOO (Cacatua leadbeateri) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Australia, Birds, Cockatoo, Parrots

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 […]

via ECLECTUS PARROT (Eclectus roratus) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

ECLECTUS PARROT (Eclectus roratus) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Australia, Birds, Parrots

Queensland flying fox species decimated by record heatwave

Animals, Australia, Heatwave, Wildlife

Queensland flying fox species decimated by record heatwave

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/30/queensland-flying-fox-species-decimated-by-record-heatwave?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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…

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Live: Picnic at the Spring Hill Peony Farm —

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Great Australian birdlife sight taking place in north west Qld

Australia, Birds, Budgies, Parrots, Uncategorized, Wild Birds, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography

by Sally Cripps – @sallyQCL

Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington.

 Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington

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.