Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus). It is Spring in Australia. Amidst the beautiful old Red Gum trees and huge displays of Wildflowers here in Mutawintji National Park, in Outback NSW, flocks of brightly coloured Budgerigars were nesting in the trees all around us. Most of the trees here have hollows and as Spring has arrived the chicks of various bird species could be seen all around. There were many different types of birds, but the Budgerigar outnumbered them by far. These are highly social and affectionate birds and it was a pleasure watching them. I captured this chick with its eyes half closed, enjoying a tender moment with its parent.
Budgerigars are to be found wild throughout all the arid and dry regions of Australia, where it has survived harsh inland conditions for over 5 million years. This success can be attributed to the Budgies ability to breed whilst on the move, as they are highly nomadic.
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