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IN THE BACKYARD WITH JACK WALDEN.

Jack Walden in the publicist to the birds, and has been supporting the national media campaign for BirdLife Australia’s National Bird Week for the past five years.

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IN THE BACKYARD WITH MILLIE ROSS.

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

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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 years Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

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ADELAIDE: PAINTING THE TOWN RED
(DISH VELVET, WHITE AND BRONZY-GREEN).

Friday was a momentous day in the history of Adelaide—the day the Aussie Bird Count Big Week rolled into town. Oh, and also the Holden car manufacturing plant closed down after decades of operation in the city, taking with it about a thousand jobs and significant chunk of the city’s identity.

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IF IT’S THURSDAY…

Sydney is justifiably famous for its beaches. So I thought I should check one out. At dawn’s first light I traveled to South Maroubra Beach, about 12 kilometres from the heart of the city. The surfers were already out in force. But I ignored all that and headed off the beach and up into the sandstone headlands above the beach, known as the Malabar Cliffs. Birders know it as Magic Point.

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HERE COMES THE CITY OF BRISBANE

Sean shares a song by the Go Between that was playing in his head when he flew into Brisbane. He says the song epitomises the sound of Brisbane as much as a Channel-billed Cuckoo flying over ahead of a summer storm. (He saw one do just that at the City Botanic Gardens, but more of that later.)

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COULD DARWIN BE THE BIRDIEST?

I find the heat energising because it is these tropical conditions that lead to an exuberant abundance of birdlife in the Darwin area. I wasn’t to be disappointed. In just over half a day I managed to see 98 species, 80 of which were new for my Big Week list.

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A TALE OF TWO CURLEWS

The plight of curlews around the world has been extremely dire over the last century. Two of the smaller species have gone extinct, and the Eastern Curlew, once one of our most common and conspicuous coastal waders, has suffered an 85% decline in numbers over the last 40 years.

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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.

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A TOWN CALLED ALICE

At the end of day two, the Birdman had sighted 86 species and counted 917 individual birds. Sean ended his second day of counting by adding 11 species to his list in a count in the Alice Springs airport carpark.

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BACKYARD WITH… JANE EDMANSON

In the first of our Backyard Q&As Jane Edmanson shares her love of Australian birds and why she enjoys the Aussie Bird Count.

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NATIONAL TOUR OFF TO CRACKING START

By the end of Day One of my Big Week of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, I had managed to visit the forested escarpment, some of the wildlife-filled lakes, the foreshore of the Swan River Estuary and the wonderful Botanic Gardens in Kings Park, a remarkably large tract of bushland right on the doorstep of Perth’s CBD.

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THE BIG WEEK BEGINS

To prove that unique birdlife can be found right on our doorstep, even in the middle of our biggest cities, Sean Dooley is doing a ‘Big Week’ of birdwatching in the lead up to the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. He will visit six capital cities in seven days attempting to see as many types of birds as he can without leaving the metropolitan area. 

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Sean Dooley

AUSSIE BIRDMAN SEAN DOOLEY ON NATIONAL TOUR FOR AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

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 14-21 October. Starting on the West Coast, Sean will visit Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne with the aim of setting a record for the #AussieBirdCount.

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