A budgerigar in a tree. This won’t be a surprise to many who are used to seeing them, but it was a first for me.
I’ve seen budgies in the UK often in the past, but always in a cage in somebody’s home. I have to admit, I’d never even stopped to wonder where they came from in the wild.
I was being driven when I saw a flurry of green and yellow. I hopped out of the car with my camera, but the birds were nowhere to be seen. I knew they were nearby though because I could hear the chattering. I waited a while, then I decided to take pictures of each of the nearby bushes before I left. It paid off. When I got home and zoomed in closely on the computer, I could see that one of the farther bushes had been teaming with budgies. I was so disappointed that I hadn’t got any good photos.
2 days later I drove back to the same spot and within seconds saw another flock of ‘green and yellow’. Within minutes, there were several flocks. Hundreds and hundreds of budgies, landing on the ground, then flying up each time a car zoomed by.
My favourite budgie fact (thanks again to wiki) – their plumage flouresces under ultraviolet light. I can’t help wondering how someone found that out. Did someone take one into a night club at some point?
So when I think of budgerigars now, I won’t think of a solitary bird in a cage wolf whistling and occasionally shouting obscenities. Instead I’ll think of huge flocks in the wild, filling trees, chattering to each other and the ‘hum’ of their wings when they all fly up at once.