Bush telly in Australia – 10,000 Birds

For a lot of of you I doubt you’ve 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’re tenting and it’s important to discover one thing else to look at aside from a tv. It’s principally related to watching a campfire burn or the evening sky. We hardly ever have a campfire after we camp, however spend a whole lot of time watching our environment and the evening sky is at all times very brilliant even on nights the place the moon just isn’t 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 moderately 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 not too long ago after we did our day journey to Geikie Gorge to look at the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and in addition go to the Low stage crossing at Fitzroy Crossing. It was highly regarded 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 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 evening sky.

The “large display” in entrance and throughout us provided lots to see and there have been no advert breaks! We additionally didn’t have to “change channels” for selection. Listed here are among the birds that we noticed moderately 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 fashionable 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 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 bushes and dropped to the water to drink.

Gray-crowned Babbler

Olive-backed Oriole

Various 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 Various 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.

Various 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 sides of the dam had been standard 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


It is 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 had been then concentrating on the sky to look at the “bush telly”. We at all times observe satellites crossing over the sky within the north of Australia and sometimes capturing stars. After sundown our hen checklist at all times continues, however that must be principally from sound moderately than sight.

If you’re involved in among the different Australian colloquiums then the Macquarie dictionary weblog has some fascinating info.

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