Courtesy of the Australian Broadcasting Commission On-line News:
Thousands of budgerigars have been seen around Central Australian waterways.
(File image) (Audience submitted: ABC News)
A zoologist in Central Australia says he has never seen so many budgerigars congregating around waterholes. Anthony Molyneux from the Alice Springs Desert Park says the explosion of budgie numbers is a rare phenomenon."The largest flock I've seen is about 5,000," he said. "I was sitting on a dam wall and they flew up and around me. It gave me goose bumps. It's an experience that I will never forget and will stay with me forever. If you see them in the distance it looks like a swarm of insects until you work out that that's so many thousands of budgies. So it's certainly a sight to behold, that's for sure."He says the birds are thriving on abundant seeding grass across the region. There have been reports of flocks of up to 15,000 budgies at waterholes from Alice Springs to Barrow Creek."I've been in Alice (Springs) a bit over 13 years and I've never seen this many around ... so it's a classic boom and bust," Mr Molyneux said. "It's a boom period for them. We're coming into the breeding season now so those large numbers will breed, so we can probably expect this to go on for a little bit."
I can only say that its a good thing that JohnG from over at Going Gently is still in Trelawnyd, North Wales, or he'd be putting on an extra large pair of 'Undies' and doing a bit of gross 'budgie smuggling'! LoL!
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