Astonishing footage has captured the moment thousands of budgies circle the Australian outback in a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The video shot in Alice Springs shows the budgerigars in one large group, a sight that hasn’t been seen in 10 years. 

Experts say budgies usually fly in flocks of up to 100 but following a dry spell the birds often form larger groups to seek out water. 

Mark Carter, an Alice Springs bird watcher and zoologist told the ABC: ‘We had rain at the perfect time here and they bred up in other parts of Australia and gathered here.’

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Mr Carter also said that the budgies have also stayed to continue their breeding which has led to the high numbers in the region.

‘I really do think that it was the fact that the grass wasn’t being eaten straight away, it was allowed to seed,’ Mr Carter said.

The large numbers of budgies have also helped fight away any predators that arrive at the dam as the group reacts together in quick succession.

‘If a bird of prey does come through and give them a fright, they react in the blink of an eye.’, said Mr Carter. 

It is believed once the food resources begin to lower, the budgies will soon disappear and move on to find a better place.  

Astonishing footage has captured the moment thousands of budgies circle the Australian outback in a once-in-a-lifetime event

Astonishing footage has captured the moment thousands of budgies circle the Australian outback in a once-in-a-lifetime event

Astonishing footage has captured the moment thousands of budgies circle the Australian outback in a once-in-a-lifetime event 

Experts say budgies usually fly in flocks of up to 100 but following a dry spell the birds often form larger groups to seek out water

Experts say budgies usually fly in flocks of up to 100 but following a dry spell the birds often form larger groups to seek out water

Experts say budgies usually fly in flocks of up to 100 but following a dry spell the birds often form larger groups to seek out water 

Mark Carter, an Alice Springs bird watcher and zoologist told the ABC: 'We had rain at the perfect time here and they bred up in other parts of Australia and gathered here' (stock picture)

Mark Carter, an Alice Springs bird watcher and zoologist told the ABC: 'We had rain at the perfect time here and they bred up in other parts of Australia and gathered here' (stock picture)

 Mark Carter, an Alice Springs bird watcher and zoologist told the ABC: ‘We had rain at the perfect time here and they bred up in other parts of Australia and gathered here’ (stock picture) 

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