Del Richards grew up in the Hunter Valley, NSW, born into a cattle family who first settled 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 and 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 vermin. The "Bird Island" is constructed from UV stabilized plastic giving many years of service.

Where to buy 'Bird Island'

We will only sell 'Bird Island' direct to the public.
Production is underway and contact :

Del Richards

Australia:  Phone/Fax:  (07) 4094 1199



Images from a thankful NQ station owner