Earthflight for Uluru's budgies

Budgie swarm around Uluru | Credit Alex Eberli

The budgie population has boomed in response to all the flourishing vegetation after the good rainfall received in December and January, perfect breeding conditions! Flocks of all sizes can be seen throughout the park concentrating near water.

At Uluru we call them kiilykiilykari. This is the Pitjantjatjara word for budgies.

As you drive around the park you see flashes of green everywhere, small flocks ducking and weaving through the sky around you. Particularly at sunrise and sunset, they can be seen in enormous flocks congregating around waterholes.

And we’re not the only ones excited - BBC’s Earthflight also captured our budgies in flight. Check out part of the documentary, narrated by Dr Who’s David Tennant, here.

Vanessa, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park