<h2>Celebrating <strong>Beauty</strong> & Diversity</h2><h3>Superb Fairy-wren</h3> <h2><strong>Bringing Back</strong> Vanishing Species</h2><h3>Regent Honeyeater</h3> <h2><strong>Sharing,</strong> Exploring & Discovering</h2><h3>Discovering Shorebirds outing</h3> <h2><strong>Connecting</strong> with Nature's Wonders</h2><h3>Double-banded Plover</h3> <h2>Sharing Nature's Awesome <strong>Majesty</strong></h2><h3>Yellow-nosed Albatross</h3> <h2>Planting a <strong>future</strong> for threatened species</h2><h3>Capertee Valley tree planting</h3> <h2><strong>Reducing</strong> the Threat of Extinctions</h2><h3>Superb Parrot</h3>
May 26, 2019

The June 2019 newsletter and March Birding Bulletin #143 are now online

May 15, 2019

Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot surveys 2019

The first of the biannual survey periods for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot commences this coming weekend. We are seeking your assistance to search for both species across their range in Victoria, NSW, ACT and southern Queensland.

As has been the approach for many years, the targeted survey periods occur on the third weekend in May and first weekend in August, and up to a week either side. Thus for 2019 the two survey periods are:
– 13th to 26th May*
– 27th July to 11th August

If you are interested and available to help do searches at our suggested locations this May, we encourage you to get in touch with your regional coordinator. Or, if you are uncertain of who your relevant regional coordinator is and/or where you would like to search, send us an email (woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au) and we’ll forward your message through to the right person. Some areas may have coordinated surveys already planned, but for the most part we are simply asking people to conduct searches for these critically endangered and rare species.

The May and August survey periods are now embedded in many peoples’ calendars and it is a great way of maximising participation in seeking out these elusive birds. But it is important to remind everyone that BirdLife Australia maintains the sightings database for both species, so we are also very interested in any opportunistic sightings of both species at any time of year. We have pieced together the update from the August 2018 surveys, which you will find here noting that it includes a detailed account of sightings of both species throughout the remainder of 2018.

If you find either species, you can complete and submit the survey form (word and PDF versions) which can be found on our website. It can be returned either to us directly or to your regional coordinator. Alternatively you can simply email or call us. If you undertake a search but are unsuccessful in detecting either species, please let us or your regional coordinator know but it is no longer necessary to fill out these sheets for unsuccessful searches. During the surveys, we encourage you to submit records of other bird species from the locations you have visited to the BirdLife Australia ‘Birdata’ Atlas, either through the website portal or the app.

Sightings of Regent Honeyeaters are of particular interest at any time. Please let one of the team know as soon as possible if you see one or more, including – where possible – a precise location and any colour leg band details. A photo for confirmation is also helpful if possible. You can also contact us with Regent Honeyeater sightings using a Freecall number (1800 621 056).

Dean Ingwersen, Chris Timewell, Caroline Wilson & Emily Mowat
Mick Roderick M 0421 761 237 mick.roderick@birdlife.org.au

 

(*Apologies from the editor. Computer downtime and some emails not arriving have caused this notice to be late. IB.)
January 19, 2019

Brush-turkeys in Suburbia. A project report by Matthew Hall at the February Club meeting

The Australian Brush-turkey (Alectura lathami) has become an increasingly common sight in the parks and backyards of suburban Australia. Their success in exploiting the big city has led to conflict with homeowners, who blame the birds for tearing up garden beds and lawns indiscriminately as they forage and build their nests. Added to this is a growing list of complaints including stealing pet food, chasing pets and small children, making a racket walking on tin roofs, and fouling swimming pools. . . . . . . . . . .”

Read more here

and learn more at the Feb 5 2019 meeting in the Mitchell Theatre, 19:30.

November 29, 2018

Birding NSW Office of Conservation writes against the raising of the wall of Warragamba dam

Full details here or on the Conservation letters page.

November 7, 2018

2018 Photo Competition awards

Wow!

Those of you, who were at the meeting this week were afforded a real treat.  96 truly wonderful photographs of Australian birds.  If you were not there then you can console yourself with a view of the eleven best pictures knowing that the judges had a really tough time making this selection from such a wonderful batch of entries.

Congratulations to the prizewinners and indeed to all who submitted entries.

 

Overall winner:  Maria Mazo with a photograph of Crested Terns in flight

Runner up: Michael Hanvey with a photograph of a Great Crested Grebe and chick

Best Single bird Prize went to Anne Brophy for a photograph of an Eastern Ground Parrot (also ranked third)

4th place Machael Hanvey’s White-winged Black Tern in flight

5th Place Michael Hanvey’s Gang-Gang Cockatoo (f)

6th place Michael Hanvey’s Victoria’s Riflebird

7th place and the prize for best In-Flight photo Roksana Boreli’s Shy Albatross 

8th place Maria Mazo’s Crested Tern

9th place Richard Murray’s Australian Raven

10th place Maria Mazo’s Australian Kestrel 

Best photo of a group of birds prize went to Geoff Ball for Wandering Whistling-ducks

 

Treat yourself to this short view:

 

and download an application form for this year’s competition here: Birding-Photo-Comp-2019

October 17, 2018

14th Grenfell survey report

Photograph by Jodi Osgood

Full report here: