White Poppy Aviaries is owned and operated by Bruce Watts and is located on 2 1/2 acres in a semi-rural area about 30 minutes northwest of Newcastle. After returning to aviculture in the mid 1990s and a few prolific years of aviary building, the limitations of the suburban block soon had us, well me, dreaming of acreage with unlimited room for aviary expansion. After much negotiating with the better half the Seaham property was purchased in September 2003. The approval of the DA for the aviaries was included as a condition of purchase of the property so construction of the aviaries began immediately. Pictures of various stages of construction can be viewed by selecting ‘Our Aviaries’ at the top of this home page.
The first two sheds of aviaries were quickly completed and the parrots and finches held at our previous property were settled into their new environment before Christmas 2003. Some of the Australian species kept at that time included Crimson Wing, Princess, Regent and Red-Rump parrots and Gouldian finches. At the time of moving the only exotic species kept were Kakarikis. Since that time the building of more aviaries has allowed us to keep a greater variety of birds. Some of these include the little known Rock Parrot; other more common Neophemas such as Elegants and Turquoisines; Hooded parrots in various mutations; beautiful Eclectus parrots and Pyrrhura conures such as Pearly and Green-Cheeked conures. Pictures of many of these parrots can be viewed by selecting ‘Our birds’ at the top of this home page.
The Seaham area is also known for its native fauna and it has always been our intention to restore on our property, as best we could, the local native environment. In the first year we planted over 300 native trees and shrubs and have been rewarded with local visits by Red-browed finches, various Honeyeaters, King parrots, Eastern Rosellas, Satin Bowerbirds and many more. As at Septemeber 2014 we have recorded 39 species of birds on our property. A number of native species are also now successfully breeding on our property.