2013 saw my family move to the Central west of NSW, it was a tree change to a lifestyle farm and a fulfilment of a dream. We currently run dorper sheep and lease a 180 acre paddock to a neighbour for cropping.
Running along the western boundary of the property is a natural tract of bushland which has running through the center of it the seasonal Warraderry creek.
A feature which draw us to the property for its diversity of animal and bird life. It is home to some amazing native and feral animals which include goannas, echidnas, rabbits, foxes, turtles, snakes, kangaroos, hares, and wallabies on the ground, looking to the canopy of the trees and in the natural hollows in the old gums you see possums, micro bats, sulfur crested cockatoos, galahs , apostle birds, cockatiels, a variety of parrots, herons, tawny frogmouths, owls, wedgetail eagles, crows, hawks, kookaburras and scared kingfishers along with the beautiful superb parrots.
It is an area on the property which is rich in animal diversity and a great place to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to relax and have time out and enjoy nature.
Until we moved to this property I had never seen a superb parrot in real life like many people I had read about them and seen pictures but to see them in the wild is another thing and you get a whole different appreciation for them. What a stunning parrot they are with their narrow angled body and bright lime green colouration. The Superb is a medium sized parrot, which we often see in pairs or small flocks early in the morning before the heat of the day or at dusk. When the crops are ripe just before harvest we tend to see and hear them more.
Along the Northern boundary and near the house to the back of the property we also have a lot of gums and yellow box trees in which you often see and hear the Superbs in as well, they are not scared of us.
In 2016 we had a crop of sorghum planted on the property and the numbers increased, they were everywhere. Mature and immature, males and females. The Superbs fed on the sorghum as did the other parrots and they would roost in the kurrajongs that line the drive. They were like green jewels in a see of red.
Our property falls within what they have identified as the range of the core breeding area for the Superb parrots, something we didn’t realise when we bought the property but does explain the numbers of the Superbs we see. I feel privileged to have this tract of bushland and the creek on our property as it is a natural habitat for the birds and animals that live there and with only 5000 pairs of Superbs left in the wild any help that we as landholders and owners can give to the sustainability of this species is important for our future generations.
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