Artemis Station

We Phoned Sue Shepherd who, along with her husband Tom, run a cattle station called Artemis.  Sue has been managing their expansive property to best provide habitat for the rare Golden Shouldered Parrot.  Golden shouldered is one of those unusual species that will only nest in termite mounds.

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Sue took time out from her hard work and spent several hours with us, patiently navigating through the immense dry forest on foot searching for any signs of Golden Shoulders.  Then there they were!  A small flock feeding in the parched grasses.  The females typically duller in this species as well.

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I would have liked to have gotten much closer but was thankful for the short video clip I obtained of them.  A long way to travel to see the species and definitely worth it!

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