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The Great Aussie Backyard Bird Count

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia. https://www.facebook.com/paula.mcmanus1
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Bird spotters get ready
Grab a cuppa, a watch, a comfy chair and your binoculars and head outside to take part in BirdLife Australia's Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

juvenile Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
juvenile Rainbow Lorikeet (©paula mcmanus)


Volunteer bird watchers all around Australia are being asked to look for and record the details of birds at your favourite outdoor location during a 20 minute period. You can choose where and what time, but as a photographer I've found that the best time of day is either early morning or late afternoon. Where there's water there will always be birds. Get the kids involved, they can help identify the birds and learn about the wildlife that visits their backyard/park or beach area.

Starlings (Sturnidae) on power lines
Starlings (©paula mcmanus)


You can do as many counts as you like, but each one must be done in the one area and for the 20 minutes. There is a free app that you can use for iPhone or Android, or just use a pen and notepad and record the details on your PC when you're back inside.

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)
Australian Pelican (©paula mcmanus)


Being involved will help BirdLife Australia know just where our birds are. Why not give them a hand and feel great that you've spent some time outside and did something useful too? Plus - there are some great prizes to be won just by completing a bird watch survey!

Corella (Licmetis)
1 Corella, 2 Corella's, 3 Corella's.......... (©paula mcmanus)


The count officially starts on the 20th October and ends on the 26th October, but a quick look on their website shows that Australian bird watchers are very keen and already there have been more than 100,000 birds sighted and recorded. I can only imagine how big that number will be when the count finishes in a week's time.

For all the details, go to the official website and don't forget to like their Facebook page.

Have fun!

male Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus)
male Superb Fairy Wren (©paula mcmanus)


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Why? Count the Birds
When: 20th October to 26th October
Cost: Free!
Your Comment
Hello Paula the count of birds is very timely as last week i spent a week at Normanville Found the Resouce Centre in the town. today Sunday will drive to Berri which will give me a chance to log more birds. All the best Terry
by ladyw (score: 1|44) 1451 days ago
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