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Kirsty Costa joins 2023 Aussie Bird Count as an ambassador

Weekend Birder podcast host and bird lover, Kirsty Costa, joins the 2023 Aussie Bird Count. We are excited to welcome Kirsty Costa as an official ambassador for the 2023 Aussie Bird Count. Kirsty is a teacher, science communicator and conservationist. During the week, Kirsty leads strategy for a science-based conservation organisation. On the weekends, you will find her hanging out in nature with her friends and family. Kirsty is also the host of Weekend Birder, one of Australia’s Top 30 Science podcasts that shares stories and advice from birdwatchers of all experience levels. Read on below to find out more […]

Senator David Pocock joins 2023 Aussie Bird Count as an ambassador

Independent Senator and ex-Australian Wallabies rugby union player, David Pocock, joins the 2023 Aussie Bird Count. We are pleased to welcome bird-lover David Pocock back as an official ambassador for the 2023 Aussie Bird Count.

Sam Cotton joins 2023 Aussie Bird Count as an ambassador

Writer, actor, animator and bird lover, Sam Cotton, joins the 2023 Aussie Bird Count. We are pleased to welcome Sam Cotton back as an official ambassador for the 2023 Aussie Bird Count. Some of Sam’s favourite things in life are birds, hot chips, music and art. Sam let us know a little about himself and why he supports the Aussie Bird Count, read on below to find our more… What’s your favourite thing about the Aussie Bird Count and BirdLife Australia?I love how Birdlife prioritises the conservation of Australian birds and celebrates the vibrant and unique birds that we have […]

OM Digital Solutions Offer

Purchase using coupon BIRDCOUNT23 an OM SYSTEM OM-1 together with the M.Zuiko Digital 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS and EE-1 Dot Sight via to receive 15% off and the EE-1 Dot Sight valued at RRP $179 as a BONUS. Additionally, receive 30% off all Binoculars via a separate order using code BINO30. The offer will be available until 22.10.23 exclusively to the BirdLife database (Australian customers only)

Birdwatching and Mental Health

by Kirsty Costa, host of Weekend Birder podcast Why do our brains feel better after watching and listening to birds? Kirsty Costa, host of Weekend Birder podcast, went on a quest to discover the mental health benefits of birding. It’s Friday 30 March 2020. I’m awake and watching the sunrise over my local wetlands on Bunurong Boon Wurrung Country. My brain and body are buzzing with anxiety caused by Melbourne’s first lockdown. “Will I get sick with Covid-19? Will my lungs, already scarred by childhood illness, be able to survive? When will see I my family and friends again? Will […]

2022 Prize Winners

Please note: all prize winners have already been privately contacted to confirm their win.    Olympus Digital Camera Package, donated by OM Digital Solutions. This package includes: • OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera Body • M.Zuiko Digital 100-400mm f5.0-6.3 IS Lens • EE-1 Dot Sight • 8×40 S Binoculars WINNER: R. Valentine, NSW Swarovski Optik NL Pure 8×32 Binoculars, donated by Swarovski Optik With 8x magnification, the NL Pure 32 brings you closer to the action, while a field of view of 150m ensures a perfect overview at all times. Enjoy relaxed viewing, thanks to a compact design and light […]

Weekend Birder Podcast

Our very own resident twitcher, Sean Dooley, features on the newly launched Weekend Birder podcast. Check it out to hear Sean speaking about the Aussie Bird Count. Weekend Birder podcast shares birdwatching stories and advice. Discover how to identify birds, fun facts, where to go birdwatching and how to use equipment. You can listen to the episode on your favourite podcast platform or by visiting the Weekend Birder website. Episodes are short and feature a range of guests with different levels of experience so that you can get out there and try out what you’ve learnt. Birdwatching is for everyone. […]

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