The Budgies of Boulia - A Companion Bird Tour

September 5, 2011

A short trip to inland north west Queensland to look at the birds the group keep as pets at home, in their natural habitat.

We flew from Cairns to Mt Isa and then drove over  to Boulia.
It was a short trip to an inland area of north west Queensland to see budgerigars and other  birds kept as pets, in the wild.
We spent 4 days in Boulia. Budgerigars were  everywhere but with a lot of surface water still available, they were widely spread about and not concentrated around waterholes so we couldn't get the enormous flocks like we had last year.
There were still many flowers and all sorts of wildlife was active. We saw 8 families of Emus, many Red Kangaroos, more than 50 Bearded Dragons.

Locations visited



Mammals 2 species
Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) 1
Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus) 1
Land Birds 46 species
Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) 1
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) 1
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) 1
Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) 1
Hardhead (Aythya australis) 1
Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) 1
Brolga (Grus rubicunda) 1
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) 1
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) 1
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) 1
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia) 1
Black Kite (Milvus migrans) 1
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) 1
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) 1
Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon) 1
Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) 1
Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor) 1
Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) 1
Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) 1
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae) 1
Black-fronted Dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) 1
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) 1
Nankeen Kestrel (Falco cenchroides) 1
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) 1
Black-tailed Nativehen (Tribonyx ventralis) 1
Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera) 1
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) 1
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) 1
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis moluccus) 1
Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) 1
Spotted Harrier (Circus assimilis) 1
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) 1
Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) 1
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) 1
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica) 1
Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus) 1
Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) 1
Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) 1
Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) 1
Red-backed Kingfisher (Todiramphus pyrrhopygius) 1
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis) 1
Striated Heron (Butorides striata) 1
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles) 1
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) 1
Seabirds 3 species
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) 1
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) 1
Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) 1
Terrestrial Reptiles 3 species
Black-headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) 1
Spencer's Monitor (Varanus spenceri) 1
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) 1



Chris on September 7, 2011 about The Budgies of Boulia - A Companion Bird Tour

Very nice work Phil, I think you've really captured some of the feel of the outback there!

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