|Some of our smaller friends|
This Project is one of Michael's passions* and began pre 'Octoberfest' 2011 and has been a continuing project since. It will be an on-going project that has and will be created in stages.
Stage one consisted of converting a calf house into the aviary. This consisted of knocking out stalls, putting up wire mesh, creating perspex windows, high step up doorways and sealing up any holes that possible rodents or reptiles could enter by. Putting down a sand floor, heating for the winter months, hanging nesting 'boxes' and creating water baths/drinking bowls and feeders.
When This was complete some feathered friends moved in. At present there are Star Finches, a Blue Faced Parrot (who will be getting a mate in the next couple of months), Long Tailed Finches, Masked Finches and Zebra Finches. There are expected new arrivals in the coming months.
|Inside of calf house during conversion to aviary.|
|Almost complete inside view.|
|Outside view holding up window that will lead to first flight zone.|
|Inside view - nesting bundles, food and water dishes, |
heater and sand floor
|A wee nest|
|first flight zone under construction|
|Earthworks for the 'first flight zone' under construction.|
Digging the tin into trenches
|Adding wire mesh to 'first flight zone' and beginnings of planting out|
|beginnings of planting out and construction of wire mesh zone.|
|The plants taking to their new environment and the beginnings of small|
bird food abundance.
|Same as above, different angle.|
We would also like to design and implement in future portable aviaries that can be taken to regeneration sites near food and water, with birds in them where they can create nests and 'living' quarters and be safe from predators while they get established. Once 'educated' by 'wild' finches (- to avoid attack and not be totally dependant and domesticated) the flocks established and flourishing we will remove the portable aviary and begin the process again.
In the mean time we are planting out seeding grasses that small bird and finches like and that attract insects, shrubs, bushes, trees for nesting and food near to permanent water sources to create habitat and as ideal conditions as possible to encourage breeding and support large populations of bird life.
For more information or details feel free to contact us.
* Though we all gain much joy and excitement from it.
|Some of the small birds that are in the Breeding Aviary at this time|