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 might be tenting and you need 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 after we camp, however spend a number of time watching our environment and the evening sky is at all times very shiny even on nights the place the moon 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 quite 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 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 people who journey with caravans and each fashionable 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 supplied loads to see and there have been no advert breaks! We additionally didn’t must “change channels” for selection. Listed here 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

Assorted 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 Assorted 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.

Assorted Lorikeets


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

Galahs and Purple-tailed Black Cockatoos

Purple-tailed Black Cockatoos

Galahs coming to drink

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

The sides of the dam have been standard with a number of different birds they usually 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

Frequent Bronzewings-two dozen current on nightfall


This can be a handful of over fifty chicken 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 capturing stars. After sundown our chicken listing at all times continues, however that must be principally from sound quite than sight.

In case you are desirous about a few of the different Australian colloquiums then the Macquarie dictionary weblog has some attention-grabbing info.


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