Backyard Blog

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In the backyard with… Millie Ross

Find out where Gardening Australia's Millie Ross likes to watch birds.

In the backyard with… Vanessa O’Hanlon

Channel 9 Newsreader Vanessa O’Hanlon explored the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on a ‘bird date’ with Sean Dooley. Discover how many birds she counted…

Australians find fairies at the bottom of their gardens

Aussie Backyard Bird Count and runs throughout National Bird Week, 22-28 October, and the aim is to count more than 2 million birds in 7 days including fairy-wrens.

In the backyard with… Les Moore

Les 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 […]

In the backyard with… Judith Hoyle

Judith Hoyle's back yard is a 3000sqm block up at Mount Glorious with 112 species on her garden's list.

In the backyard with… Amanda Lilleyman

Amanda Lilleyman, who works as a researcher at Charles Darwin University on the project ‘strategic planning for Far Eastern Curlew’, discovered her passion for birds almost ten years ago!

In the backyard with … Jackie French

Australian author Jackie French AM reveals why one of the dumbest birds in creation is her favourite.

In the backyard with… Tim Entwisle

As the Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Professor Tim Entwisle has always been a little jealous of birds: the pollinators and spreaders of seed.

Drought drives raptors into urban areas

Figures from past the four years of the #AussieBirdCount data revealed 27 of Australia's 34 raptor species have been spotted in capital cities.

In the backyard with… Jane Edmanson

Jane 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.

In the backyard with… Charlie

Meet Charlie, a bird lover. Charlie is one of the numerous Australian bird lovers who will be taking part in this year’s Aussie backyard bird count. Read on to find out how Charlie developed an interest and passion for birds.

In the backyard with… Holly Parsons

Holly Parsons has been involved in Birds in Backyards on and off since it began back in 1999 and says the unexciting birds are just as important to the count as the rarer ones.

Join us in the backyard for a new series of interviews

To 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…”

Australians to discover if Rainbow Lorikeet is still the most common backyard bird

In 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.

Record count during 2017 National Bird Week

During 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.

Adelaide: Painting the town red

Friday 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.

A Tale of Two Curlews

While 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. 

Darwin, the birdiest capital on the planet?

After 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.

If it’s Thursday it must be Sydney

Australia’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.

Here comes the city of Brisbane

Whenever I arrive in Brisbane, I seem to have Go Between songs playing in my head. For me they epitomise the sound of Brisbane as much as a Channel-billed Cuckoo flying over ahead of a summer storm. 

Perth and Darwin radio presenters share their favourite birds

As part of Sean Dooley’s national tour, he’s asking local bird watchers and media to share their favourite bird.

A Town Called Alice

Western Australia provided Australia’s Birdman Sean Dooley with an amazing start to his national #AussieBirdCount tour.

#AussieBirdCount Tour off to a cracking start

The 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.

The Big Week Begins

Fifteen 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!
Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley on national tour for #AussieBirdCount

To celebrate BirdLife Australia’s National Bird Week in 2017, Australia’s biggest bird nerd, Sean Dooley, is hitting the road for the ultimate #AussieBirdCount from Sunday 15 October until Monday 16 October 2017.

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