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Bush telly in Australia – 10,000 Birds


    For a lot of of you I doubt you might have heard of the expression “Bush telly”. In Australia the time period is mostly used to explain what you watch when you haven’t any electrical energy and you might be tenting and it’s a must to discover one thing else to observe apart from a tv. It’s largely related to watching a campfire burn or the night time sky. We not often have a campfire after we camp, however spend lots of time watching our environment and the night time sky is all the time very vivid even on nights the place the moon shouldn’t be seen. At house we might watch three or 4 hours of tv within the night, however within the bush we adapt and we watch the bush for night exercise. We additionally go to mattress when the birds and animals do and come up with them the next day. Australia does have fairly vocal bird-life, so we settle for that we’ll be awoken earlier than daybreak and as such go to mattress early.

    We spent two nights tenting at Ellendale Dam just lately after we did our day journey to Geikie Gorge to watch the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and likewise go to the Low degree crossing at Fitzroy Crossing. It was very popular and dry and the bird-life all knew the place to seek out water. We undoubtedly didn’t want a tv! For ourselves tenting is about being at one with nature and in contrast to people who journey with caravans and each trendy comfort we’re content material in a snug chair sitting within the shade beside a dam. We then transfer to a really comfy mattress inside a tent that provides views of the night time sky.

    The “large display” in entrance and throughout us supplied lots to see and there have been no advert breaks! We additionally didn’t must “change channels” for selection. Listed below are a few of the birds that we noticed fairly than watching tv on a Saturday/Sunday night within the bush. We added a big department to the sting of the dam to permit birds to drop in for a drink. It was very talked-about with the Rufous-throated Honeyeaters, Yellow-tinted Honeyeaters, Banded Honeyeaters, White-winged Trillers, Little Friarbirds and the Zebra Finch.

    Department added for the Honeyeaters

    Zebra Finch

    There have been different sticks about that had been utilized by a wide range of birds to entry the water across the dam.

    Pied Butcherbird, Torresian Crow and a number of Magpie-larks

    A household group of eight Gray-crowned Babblers bounced across the surrounding bushes and dropped to the water to drink.

    Gray-crowned Babbler

    Olive-backed Oriole

    Diversified Lorikeets and Budgerigars got here to the encompassing bushes after which dropped in near the water, drank and left once more in a matter of seconds. Only one inexperienced blur! Budgerigars have a for much longer and skinny tail compared to the dumpier Diversified Lorikeet, which additionally has a pink color on its head. Cockatiels had been additionally very vocal as they got here in and briefly drank after which returned to the encompassing bushes.

    Diversified Lorikeets


    The Crimson-tailed Black Cockatoos and the Galahs additionally positioned themselves within the tall bushes across the dam and dropped in to drink.

    Galahs and Crimson-tailed Black Cockatoos

    Crimson-tailed Black Cockatoos

    Galahs coming to drink

    Crimson-tailed Black Cockatoos, Nice Egret and Magpie-lark

    The perimeters of the dam had been widespread with a number of different birds and so they got here all the way down to drink on the finish of the day and agile wallabies ventured in on nightfall to drink.

    Nice Egret and agile wallaby

    Agile wallabies

    Plumed-whistling-ducks, a lone swimming Wandering Whistling-duck, a Pacific Black Duck and a Little Black Cormorant

    Plumed Whistling-ducks

    Frequent Bronzewings-two dozen current on nightfall


    This can be a handful of over fifty chook species that we noticed on the dam each late night and early morning and sure, they’re largely very vocal!

    After the solar went down our eyes had been then concentrating on the sky to observe the “bush telly”. We all the time observe satellites crossing over the sky within the north of Australia and infrequently capturing stars. After sundown our chook record all the time continues, however that must be largely from sound fairly than sight.

    In case you are serious about a few of the different Australian colloquiums then the Macquarie dictionary weblog has some attention-grabbing data.