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October 19, 2018Les Moore says “bird watching is not just about the birds, it’s about the people you meet and the outdoor experiences you share”. Bird watching is a truly social activity and one of the highlights of Les’s year is volunteering with a bunch of like minded birders for the annual Orange-bellied Parrot surveys in one of his other backyards, the Coorong National Park. Several decades on from his introduction to birds and the natural world by his mum, his life continues to be filled with the joy of encountering a rare species for the first time, or seeing your everyday […]
October 8, 2018Jane Edmanson is a popular gardening presenter on television and radio, as well as an author and co-author of several gardening books. She is also a long-time member of BirdLife Australia with a passion for the birds who share her backyard.
October 1, 2018To help us countdown to the 2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count, we will be exploring a range of Australia’s favourite backyards and green spaces in new section of interviews: “In the backyard with…”
October 1, 2018In less than one month, Australians will discover if the Rainbow Lorikeet—which has remained the most counted bird in Australia since the Aussie Backyard Bird Count began in 2014—is still one of the country’s most common backyard birds.
September 3, 2018During BirdLife Australia’s National Bird Week, Australians worked together to count an average of 300 birds per minute as part of the week-long Aussie Backyard Bird Count, one of Australia’s largest citizen science projects.
October 23, 2017Friday was a momentous day in Adelaide’s history—the Aussie Bird Count Big Week came to town…oh, and the Holden manufacturing plant closed after decades of operation in the city, taking with it thousands jobs and significant chunk of the city’s identity.
October 20, 2017While out searching through the migratory shorebirds at Buffalo Creek, Amanda Lilleyman, was delighted to find over a dozen Eastern Curlews, the subject of her research with Charles Darwin University. While Amanda was red hot on her shorebird ID, even I was able to pick the curlews out.
October 20, 2017After the initial shock of stepping out of the air-conditioned airport into the sauna that is Darwin, I find the heat energising because it is these tropical conditions that lead to an exuberant abundance of birdlife in the Darwin area.
October 20, 2017Australia’s largest city has a population of around five million, but sometimes it can feel like you are surrounded by 50 million when you are in Sydney. Not the most conducive place for a variety of bird life, you’d think. Well, you’d be wrong.
October 18, 2017As part of Sean Dooley’s national tour, he’s asking local bird watchers and media to share their favourite bird.
October 16, 2017The dazzling intensity of the light in Perth—even in spring—really hits you when you first arrive. Sprawled out under some seriously big skies on the coastal plain between the hills and the Indian Ocean, the quality of the sunshine here is unlike any other capital city.
October 15, 2017Fifteen years ago I criss-crossed Australia in search of birds, trying to break the Australian twitching record for seeing more species than anyone had ever seen before. It was an amazing year and I saw so many of Australia’s incredibly beautiful birds- more than 700 of them!