We have Western Grey and Red Kangaroos that tend to congregate in very small pods of two and upwards. The eastern Grey and the Red Kangaroo inhabit the Mundi Mundi Plains and only venture into the ranges up along creek beds to get a drink of water from natural springs. However, the Euro is a fatter, shorter wallaby with hair on its skin rather than fur like the Red Kangaroos. The Euro is far more territorial and only inhabits the foothills, the Barrier Ranges and the creek beds. This animal does not migrate like the grey and red kangaroos and will often die where it is born if the season are bad.
We have many large flocks of Pink and Grey Galahs, White Corellas and Laughing Jacks. We also have Ring Necked Parrots, Magpies, Honey Easter, Robins, Finches, native Doves and Top Notch Pigeons. We also have flocks of Emus passing. We have many magnificent raptors that glide overhead on thermals and the most magnificent is the Wedge Tail Eagle. Other raptors include hawks and kites.
These paddocks have never been farmed using ploughs or seeded to sow crops. Eldee is located in a region that receives less than 250mm a year and for many years there has been little rain recorded although we have received some rain just lately. Most of the vegetation is xerophytic meaning that it is drought tolerant and Mulga Trees for instance drop their leaves and don't flower in dry areas plus the leaves grow in such a way that when it does rain the water drops immediately into the root zone of the tree. There are many plants and trees on the downs country range type of far western NSW and we are located on the topmost northern edge of the Mundi Mundi Plains and the Mulga range type located on the Barrier Ranges.
We have two major creeks dissecting our station and they are the Mundi Mundi Creek and Eldee House Creek. Both of these creeks originate in the Barrier Ranges and flood out onto the Mundi Mundi Plains. The creeks are ephemeral because they only rain if we receive over 1/2 an inch of rain. The banks of the creek are lined with magnificent Silverton Gum trees and in the creek beds there is an array of wattle trees, flowering daisy bushes and large permanent water holes called springs.
We have many reptiles in Outback NSW and they include lizards and snakes. We mainly see Mulga Snakes or Western Browns, Goannas, Frill Kneck Lizards, Rainbow Lizards, Gheckos and BlueTongued Lizards.
We two types of of frogs. The tree frog and the ground dwelling frog that appear after rain every time in the desert. We also freshwater yabbies that occur in swamp areas and dams and there have been reports by neighbours that yabbies are walking across paddocks because it has been so wet.
We have several books that we allow our guests to borrow so that you can identify the birds or reptiles or plants. Please ask at the counter.