Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Of Birds and Wine, Pt 1

Breeding Box placed in River Red Gum on the banks of North Para River
Just thought I would add a few photos of a little project I have going at St Hallett Winery near Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, South Australia. The winery has three waste water management tree-lots, fast growing and closed in they don't make the best of habitats. Some birds thrive in them for example: White-plumed Honeyeaters, Weebils and the local pair of endangered (in SA) Crested Shrike-tits, then there are others such as Adelaide Rosellas, Musk and Rainbow Lorikeets etc, which visit them to feed but thats about it, due to there being no natural hollows in the young trees.
 I applied for a grant to build some breeding boxes to place throughout the tree-lots and also on the adjoining North Para River bank. This year I managed to build and hang 12 bird boxes and two bat boxes. This is an ongoing project and I will get in and build some more before next breeding season. So far this year nearly all the boxes have pairs of Rosellas sitting in them! Plus a few which some annoying Starlings have decided to occupy!!
Anyway here's a few photos of some of the boxes and occupants, plus just a few other shots of some of the birdlife around the winery!

Adelaide Rosella sitting on one of the boxes in the woodlot

Whats in here?
Adelaide Rosella in one of the boxes
Box up a tree!!
Laughing Kookaburra sunning in the woodlot
Zebra Finch on an electricity wire at the winery
Native Water Rat in the North Para River