Paul Rushworth

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Zoo keeper, Vic. Australia.
Born in the African bush,
married to @macro_passion member: @nature_skyshotz @your_best_birds @bella_shots

http://bushtalesbypaul.blogspot.com/

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I would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the numerous people who are working so hard to save this remarkable bird from extinction. The #orangebelliedparrot #neophema_chrysogaster is #criticallyendangered for several different reasons that I will not mention here suffice to say that only 17 individuals returned to their breeding ground at Melaleuca last season! With the release of captive bred birds and twenty fledged young the current wild population stands at 62 individuals. How many of these will survive the migration to the mainland and back is uncertain.
I sure hope that my children and grandchildren will have the privilege of seeing this jewel in the wild as I did. #mbpr17
Magic Melaleuca morning... the pace is somewhat slower down there.
Melaleuca night sky over button grass plains under the southern cross
Another lifer for me and another Tasmanian endemic is this #yellowthroatedhoneyeater #lichenostomus_flavicollis I love the descriptive generic name referring to the lichen coloured plumage. #mbpr17
Another first for me at Melaleuca was the endemic #crescenthoneyeater #phylidonyris_pyrrhoptera this is a female. #mbpr17
It's not hard to see why they call this a #beautifulfiretail !! #stagonopleura_bella #mbpr17
#greenrosella #platycercus_caledonicus endemic to Tasmania. #mbpr17
Mrs #southernemuwren #stipiturus_malachurus #mbpr17
Mr #southernemuwren #stipiturus_malachurus in all his splendour. #mbpr17
#criticallyendangered  #orangebelliedparrot #neophema_chrysogaster enjoying the afternoon sun. #mbpr17
Seeing a #groundparrot for the first time was a definite highlight of visiting Melaleuca! I saw five individuals in all. This is very typical (buttongrass) habitat for this bird so they are notoriously difficult to spot. They utter a series of high pitched resonating whistles at dawn and dusk. Their status is rare to endangered particularly where predators are present. 
#pezoporus_wallicus #mbpr17
#pinkrobin #petroica_rodinogaster #mbpr17