Out back birding

I have just taken up a new job in St George, out back Queensland.

Now I am over 500kms from the coast and 1000kms form the Bellingen Shire in northern NSW.

What a contrast! It is hot, dry flat and desolate. The opposite the landscape the lush sub-tropical rain forest I have become used to.

Australian bustard on the road to Bowra Station

Australian bustard on the road to Bowra Station

I went to Cunnamulla last week end, a further 300kms west of St George to explore Bowra  Station.

Bowra Station is a former cattle station now managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and is home to over 200 bird species.

It is a birding and endangered wildlife hotspot on the edge of the desert and an amazing place.

The Australian budgerigar is an arid dwelling bird whose breeding is affected by the availability of water

The Australian budgerigar is an arid dwelling bird whose breeding is affected by the availability of watI went to Bowra to find budgies among other birds and was very happy to see them in their natural habitat rather than in cages.

While I was there by complete coincidence I ran into a group of bird banders collecting data on arid dwelling birds for the AWC.

Dr Jon Coleman was one of them, by day he is an IT worker in Brisbane on the weekend he applies his PHD in ecology to studying birds.

Red-winged parrot

Red-winged parrot

Already I am planning my next trip, most parts of South-West Queensland is in drought and they are doing it hard but the birding is amazing.

 

More budgies

More budgies

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