Del Richards grew up in the
Hunter Valley, NSW, born into a cattle family who
here in 1862. Originally his father dealt in dairy
heifers, turning to beef when Britain
joined the Common Market. Del. was always around
cattle, successfully turning his hand
to roping events in rodeo for eleven years. He's
seen drought, floods and starvation
prices. In 1994 he and his wife Pat sadly left the
land, starting a birding business in FNQ.
The "Bird Island" idea came
from understanding the shortcomings of stock troughs
the inability of birds to drink due to low water
levels. That factor directly means huge
losses to the bird population especially in the heat
of summer when technically the water
is available just inches away.
Having this device is
assisting the environment in a passive manner.
About 'Bird Island'
The "Bird Island" is designed to prevent wild birds
from drowning while drinking when water levels are
beyond reach for them particularly during summer heat.
It's often the case that the next water is too far away
them perishing en route. Should they fall in this device
allows them a platform to dry out, then fly away.
As many outback troughs are only checked weekly by which
time birds are dead and rotting causing problems such as
Botulism, putrefaction and thirst for stock. Birds can
also fall victim to feral animals by needing to drink at
ground level from trough overflows.
The device also applies to toads, rats and other
The "Bird Island" is constructed from UV stabilized
plastic giving many years of service.