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Bush telly in Australia – 10,000 Birds

For a lot of of you I doubt you’ve gotten heard of the expression “Bush telly”. In Australia the time period is usually used to explain what you watch when you don’t have any electrical energy and you might be tenting and it’s important to discover one thing else to observe aside from a tv. It’s principally related to watching a campfire burn or the evening sky. We hardly ever have a campfire once we camp, however spend plenty of time watching our environment and the evening sky is at all times very shiny even on nights the place the moon is just not seen. At dwelling we’d 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 quite vocal bird-life, so we settle for that we are going to be awoken earlier than daybreak and as such go to mattress early.

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

The “large display screen” in entrance and throughout us supplied loads 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 quite 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 extremely popular 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 have been utilized by quite a lot 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 timber and dropped to the water to drink.

Gray-crowned Babbler

Olive-backed Oriole

Various Lorikeets and Budgerigars got here to the encircling timber 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 Various Lorikeet, which additionally has a pink color on its head. Cockatiels have been additionally very vocal as they got here in and briefly drank after which returned to the encircling timber.

Various Lorikeets


The Crimson-tailed Black Cockatoos and the Galahs additionally positioned themselves within the tall timber 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 have been well-liked with a number of different birds and so they got here right 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

Widespread 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 principally very vocal!

After the solar went down our eyes have been then concentrating on the sky to observe the “bush telly”. We at all times observe satellites crossing over the sky within the north of Australia and infrequently taking pictures stars. After sundown our chook record at all times continues, however that needs to be principally from sound quite than sight.

In case you are fascinated about a few of the different Australian colloquiums then the Macquarie dictionary weblog has some fascinating info.



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