Australia’s Outback “Full of Life” After the Rainy Season


New South Wales National Park and Wildlife say major bird breeding events have been observed in Australia’s McAlley Wetlands, between Dubbo and Burke, and in the Guidil Wetlands near Molly after two seasons of heavy rains. I am.

Ecologist David Smith says the hinterland is now full of stunning sights.

“There is a bit of a misconception that arid areas are a dead place, but it’s incredibly biodiversity and the creatures that live there are absolutely amazing.

“They don’t just survive there. They thrive.

“I encourage people to go out to the area. It’s vibrant.”

Smith was surprised last week after filming a horde of endangered flock bronzewings in flight at Nariia Rakaya Pundy Swamp National Park in northwestern New South Wales.

Birds flew in flock of more than 100,000 birds over a century ago, but today the numbers are much smaller.

Smith, a researcher at the Australian National University’s Sustainable Farm, said he had only seen birds twice in groups of about five.

“Suddenly the flock took off and at first I thought it was a crow,” Smith told AAP.

“I realized it was a flock bronzewing and was very excited to see it.

“It’s a very cool experience.”

The storm just passed through Tiboubula, providing a dramatic background to the sand-colored wings.

In addition to endangered species in New South Wales, birds are rarely seen due to their frequent inhabitants of arid areas such as national parks near the borders of New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia.

“They are nomads in the arid areas. There is something cool about birds that roam the arid areas looking for where to find food and water and the right conditions.

“The difficulty of finding them makes it really exciting. I don’t know if they are around.”

The greatest threats to flock bronzewings are foxes, stray cats, and grazing, which damage grassland habitat.

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