About the Birds of Eloura Bushland
If you look up into the bush today, you're sure to be in for a big
surprise! Sounds like a line from the Teddy Bears Picnic but it's
more real than fantasy. Many people go out into the bush to
spend time with nature and usually return home with great memories.
Australia has some of the most beautiful birds in all the world and
a lot of them exist for us to see in the Bushland of
are more than 750 species of birds recorded in Australia, 300 of
which are found nowhere else. Although many Australian birds
live their entire life cycles in specific habitats, such as
mangroves and wetlands, others are nomadic and move according to the
availability of water and food. Birds of prey are common,
allowing themselves to be easily seen, with the confidence of
fully-protected birds and magnificent rainforest birds can easily be
found- you don’t even have to a be a great birdwatcher to see them.
Birds form an integral part of our society yet we cut so much
bushland down for development that we are seeing less and less of
our native birds and more introduced species which adapt more to
urban life and the "hybrid natives" that we plant.
Sadly, a lot of introduced birds instinctively kill our native birds
adding to the rapid extinction of our native birds.
It's worth preserving our bush just so we can watch these beautiful
birds survive for our children and grandchildren.
There are more
than 5000 Flying foxes in the Botanical gardens in Sydney. They are large
bats, weighing up to 1 kg, with a wing span which may exceed one metre. Food
sources include pollen, nectar and fruit from a wide variety of trees. Only
the one species of flying fox occurs within the Royal Botanic Gardens — the
Grey-headed Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus.
I know, I know, these are not birds...but it stays here until I get an
These photos show some of the
diversity of birds in the Eloura Bushland that you could see