Great Australian birdlife sight taking place in north west Qld

by Sally Cripps – @sallyQCL

Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington.
 Some of the thousands of budgies flocking together around Richmond, as photographed by Terry Carrington

One of the most spectacular birding sights to be seen in Australia is taking place around Richmond at the moment.

The undulating, chirping group formation of budgerigars on the wing, known as a murmuration, has been caught on camera by Richmond grazier, Terry Carrington.

Terry, who lives at Patroy, 27km south of Richmond in north west Queensland, said he had lived in the area all his life but never witnessed as many budgies in a flock as what he has been seeing over the last week.

“2003 would have been the last time I saw them somewhere near as thick as this,” he said.

Read the full article and watch an amazing video that captures an estimated 20,000 budgies participating in a murmur here.

Trump condemned over plans to allow drilling near national parks

Trump condemned over plans to allow drilling near national parks

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/14/conservatives-democrats-trump-drilling-national-parks?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

“From a tired, broken-hearted vet.” The sad reality of what our pets do in their final moments.

by Clare Stephens (via msn.com)

a dog looking at the camera: "I have never had pets worry during their final moments." Image via Getty.
© Getty “I have never had pets worry during their final moments.” Image via Getty.

There are few thoughts as sickening as imagining your pet in a scenario where they’re vulnerable, scared and alone.

We’d like to think our pets know they’re loved always, and know we’ll do whatever is necessary to protect them and make them feel safe.

But according to a post that recently went viral, there’s one moment in particular where humans fail.

Read this heart-wrenching yet poignant article here AND hug your dog, cat, bird, or other pet tight and promise them you’ll never abandon them in their final moments.

Bird’s ID – Brown-headed Nuthatch — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Brown-headed Nuthatch The Brown-headed Nuthatch (Sitta pusilla) is a small songbird found in pine forests throughout the Southeastern United States. The bird, like other nuthatches, possesses a sharp black nail-like beak, which it uses to pound open seeds. It is a frequent visitor to feeding stations and is highly fond of sunflower seeds and suet […]

via Bird’s ID – Brown-headed Nuthatch — H.J. Ruiz – Avian101

Duck Days 2: Checking up on the Mrs.

Parry Sound Harbour

Keito, Blue Headed Pionus

My girl Keito ❤️

(photos by Linda Sullivan)

How Climate Change Threatens Tropical Birds

Hot climate conditions reduce survival of tropical birds, UWindsor study says
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/hot-climate-conditions-reduce-survival-tropical-birds-uwindsor-1.4653492

Country diary: give living things their place in ‘civilisation’

Country diary: give living things their place in ‘civilisation’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/01/country-diary-living-things-civilisation-titchwell-norfolk?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress