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Bush telly in Australia – 10,000 Birds


For a lot of of you I doubt you’ve got heard of the expression “Bush telly”. In Australia the time period is usually used to explain what you watch when you haven’t any electrical energy and you’re tenting and you need to discover one thing else to look at aside from a tv. It’s principally 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 brilliant even on nights the place the moon just isn’t seen. At house 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 somewhat 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 look at 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 positively 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 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 gives views of the night time sky.

The “huge display screen” in entrance and throughout us provided lots to see and there have been no advert breaks! We additionally didn’t must “change channels” for selection. Listed below are a number of the birds that we noticed somewhat 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

Diversified 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 Diversified 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.

Diversified Lorikeets


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

Galahs and Pink-tailed Black Cockatoos

Pink-tailed Black Cockatoos

Galahs coming to drink

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

The perimeters of the dam have been fashionable with a number of different birds they usually 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 hen 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 look at 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 hen checklist all the time continues, however that must be principally from sound somewhat than sight.

If you’re fascinated by a number of the different Australian colloquiums then the Macquarie dictionary weblog has some fascinating data.


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