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Photographing Birds at Australian National Botanic Gardens

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by Meg Forbes (subscribe)
Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane. https://www.instagram.com/megforbesphotography/
Published February 27th 2020
Photograph birds in the Australian National Botanic Gardens
The Australian National Botanic Garden in Canberra aims to connect people with Australian flora. However, the vast diversity of flora around the gardens aslo provides wonderful opportunities for bird lovers.

A male gang gang cockatoo curious about the visitor to his gardens
A male gang gang cockatoo curious about the visitor to his gardens


What's more, on my visits there I have come to realise that certain areas seem to reliably attract particular birds.

An eastern spinebill enjoying a feast of nectar
An eastern spinebill enjoying a feast of nectar


Thankfully, even for visitors who don't know the gardens well, the rangers at the shop and information centre are incredibly friendly and helpful in pointing visitors in the right direction.

A new Holland honeyeater being harassed by an incessant fledgeling
A new Holland honeyeater being harassed by an incessant fledgeling


I was told that places such as the waterfall, the treehouse, and trees beneath the red centre are often favoured by gang gang cockatoos, and to date have always found at least one in at least one of these locations. If you're keen to see these beautiful birds, listen for the squeaky bark sound that is their way of communicating as you walk around. My experience has been that the females are more charismatic than the males and seem to enjoy watching me as much I enjoy watching them.

A female gang gang cockatoo near the desert area
A female gang gang cockatoo near the red centre


Probably the only downside to bird watching the in Australian National Botanic Gardens is the opening hours. The10am opening time is quite late for birds, and 5pm closing is quite early during summer months.

A sulphur crested cockatoo drinking from the waterfall
A sulphur crested cockatoo drinking from the waterfall


Despite this, the incredible variety of flora in the Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a haven for a wonderful variety of birds and is well worth a visit by anyone who enjoys watching and photographing them.

A red wattle bird feasting at the Australian National Botanic Gardens
A red wattle bird feasting at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Why? Stunning birds attracted by the variety of Australian flora
When: 10am - 5pm daily
Phone: (02) 6250 9588
Where: Clunies Ross Street, ACTON, ACT, AUSTRALIA
Cost: Free
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