UK-based photographer Paul Williams (pictured) used Google Earth to locate shrinking waterholes in the desert south of Alice Springs, where he hoped to capture Central Australia’s famous flocks of budgies.

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) coat a tree near a waterhole in the desert south of Alice Springs.

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    “The sky above me was filled with the flutters of thousands of budgies, as many as 80,000, a green tornado circling around the waterhole,” says Paul.

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    Opportunistic birds of prey soon arrived on the scene. 

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    No, they are not green leaves.

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    The budgies “erupted into mesmerising murmurations of green, creating giant morphing shapes like those formed by starlings in the UK,” said Paul.

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams
    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

    “Small clouds of birds grew into bigger ones. It wasn’t long before the sky above me was filled with the flutters of thousands of budgies.”

    Photo Credit: Paul Williams

GALLERY: Stunning flocks of budgies in outback Australia

By AG STAFF | March 24, 2016

UK-based photographer Paul Williams used Google Earth to find and photograph these flocks of budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) near Alice Springs.