Posts Tagged ‘budgies

More than a mere chattering

Oct 01, 2012 | Discuss

More than a mere chattering

A few weeks ago, the first warm northerlies since last summer blew in a flourescent green cloud that raced noisily around our suburban sky for an hour or two and then moved on. It’s the first time I can remember seeing so many budgerigars over Braitling, although this could possibly be attributed to preoccupation with more mundane matters in previous periods of my life. A couple of years ago Meg Mooney introduced me to the thrill of the budgie-hunt. We stood among chirping thousands of the...Read more

All things must pass

Oct 03, 2010 | Discuss

If you have been living in a bubble or you keep putting it off because you are too busy, or you live interstate and have a free week but  think you might go the beach like you do every year, be warned. Your time is running out to see the greatest show on Central Australian earth for many years. With long-range forecasters predicting more rain, continuing at least as long as April, there’s a chance we might have two springs of such vivid colour and astonishing growth in a row, but it’...Read more

The budgie tree

Sep 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

The budgie tree

A few months ago Meg Mooney took me — and Alice Online visitors — on a budgie hunt in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges on the eastern side of Alice Springs. We saw massive flocks of budgerigars in wild, freewheeling mode, zooming in and out of patches of their favourite grasses,  cutting huge singing arcs across the evening sky. It was a relatively unusual phenomenon for Alice Springs, sparked by a incredibly wet summer. Now, at the end of an incredibly wet winter the bush is ...Read more

Budgies back in town

May 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Budgies back in town

By Meg Mooney After the summer rains and all the grass that’s grown since then, walking on the plains and low hills behind Kilgariff Crescent is like walking in a wonderful outdoor aviary. You hear the ‘queel, queel’ of cockatiels, small grey cockatoos with white ‘shoulders’, as they zoom overheard singly or in groups of thirty or more birds. I don’t think I’ve ever seen cockatiels in my ‘backyard’ before and it’s unusual, in my experience, to see flocks this big, except occa...Read more