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A Special Interest Group of BirdLife Australia

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Square-tailed Kite

    Square-tailed Kite.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

  • Plumed Whistling-Duck

    Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Pied Stilt

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

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This Search facility will search all website content, uploaded documents, and images.  Some content on this site is restricted to BLP members; visitors may not be able to access all the items found.  The search options button on the All Photos page (on the Photo Gallery drop-down menu), and on individual gallery pages, provides more options for searching images only.

Latest Images

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 29517)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
Russell Jenkins
Viewed: 21
Australian Magpie, Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 29516)
Australian Magpie, Wedge-tailed Eagle
Russell Jenkins
Viewed: 25
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 29512)
Little Wattlebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 29
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 29511)
Little Wattlebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 19
Little Wattlebird (Image ID 29510)
Little Wattlebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 25
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Image ID 29508)
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Doug Castle
Viewed: 22
Forty-spotted Pardalote (Image ID 29506)
Forty-spotted Pardalote
Doug Castle
Viewed: 23
Brush Bronzewing (Image ID 29505)
Brush Bronzewing
Doug Castle
Viewed: 26
Superb Lyrebird (Image ID 29503)
Superb Lyrebird
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 27

The Eungella Bird Week will be held at Eungella National Park, Queensland, from 17th to 22nd September 2018.  Eungella National Park lies in the hinterland rainforest of Central Queensland, just outside Mackay. Its majestic landscape supports almost 900 species of plants and a stunning array of wildlife. There have been 227 bird species recorded here, including the endemic Eungella Honeyeater.

This event is organised by the not-for-profit conservation organisation Wild Mob.  Camilla Wagstaff tells us that the week is a unique chance to explore an incredible part of Australia. It's packed with birdwatching, wildlife walks, foodie experience, documentary screenings and more. Birders will also search for the endemic for the Eungella Honeyeater with local experts.  For full details, visit the Eungella Bird and Wildlife Week website. Wild Mob are running an early bird discount at the moment - book your ticket before Feb 28 and receive 10% off!

Our first photo competition for this year is On the Beach.  We will accept pictures of birds on a beach – sand, pebbles, mud, or (stretching the definition of beach a little) rock shelf – or birds in/over water adjacent to a beach; we will also accept pictures of birds on beach structures (eg. piers, boat-ramps, etc).  We will NOT accept photos of birds in trees (including mangroves) beside a beach, birds on cliff-sides, or birds on/over the open ocean (eg images taken during a pelagic trip).  Since Australia has an extensive coastline, there’s lots of beach, so plenty of opportunity for this competition; but Australia also has lots of inland, and so in order not to disadvantage members who don’t make it to the coast, we’ll also consider that “beach” applies to beach-like sections of riverbanks and lake shores (rivers and lakes must contain water – Lake Eyre in the dry season is not acceptable).

This competition is open to members for submission of entries until Monday 26th February 2018.  Images for this competition must have been taken within the last two years.  Images submitted to previous competitions, or to the New Images gallery, may be submitted to this competition; if you choose to do this, you must resubmit the image to the competition gallery; images moved from another existing gallery will not be accepted.  See the Photo Gallery - Competitions section for full details and rules of our competitions, and quick access to the current competition galleries.

The December 2017 Newsletter is now available for members to download, via the Resources - Libraries & Documents page.  The complete newsletter, and all articles as individual files, are available.

On the Libraries and Documents page (from the link above), click on the folder name 'Newsletters', then click on the folder name '2017', and finally click on the folder name 'December'.  Note that you need to click on the text; clicking on the folder icon will not work (although we would really like it to!).  You must be logged in to the website to access this newsletter and/or its articles. If you are not logged in, you will only see newsletters which are more than two years old.  There is a log-in module on the Libraries and Documents page.  If you are currently logged in to the website you can go directly to this newsletter by clicking here.  [Note: this is our largest newletter to date, and it may take a minute or two to open.]

Enjoy this newsletter.

The themes, and approximate dates, for our Photo Competitions for 2018, are now available here.  The first competition will be "On the Beach", and entries will open on 29th January.  You must be a BirdLife Photography member to enter these competitions; if you're not, and you'd like to participate, you can find details of how to join on the About Us - Membership page.

Member voting for the Best of 2017 competition, which closed for entries on 27th November and for voting on 18th December, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 (or more, in case of tied scores) images in each category are listed here.  In line with many other bird/wildlife photo competitions, we present the results in the following manner: the Winner is the image which received the most votes; and we also show the next four highest placed images, rating them as Highly Commended if they received at least 90% of the votes for the winning image, and Commended for scores less than that.

Advanced Level – Best of 2017

This category attracted 67 entries, from 18 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Best of 2017

This category attracted 117 entries, from 34 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Best of 2017

This category attracted 61 entries, from 19 photographers. 42 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

A new version (2.1) of BirdLife Australia's Working List of Australian Birds has been released, and the species list used on this site has been updated to this version.  The changes are as follows:

  • Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) is now Pied Stilt
  • Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis) is now Australian Painted-snipe
  • Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) is now Green Oriole
  • the scientific name of Brown Quail has been corrected to Synoicus ypsilophorus

All references to the affected species on this site have been updated; no action is required by any member who has photos of these species in any of our galleries.

Recent Picks

Little Wattlebird (Image ID 29512)
Little Wattlebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 29
Brush Bronzewing (Image ID 29505)
Brush Bronzewing
Doug Castle
Viewed: 26
European Goldfinch (Image ID 29476)
European Goldfinch
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 50
Purple Swamphen (Image ID 29474)
Purple Swamphen
William Betts
Viewed: 40
Bar-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit (Image ID 29469)
Bar-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 33
White-throated Needletail (Image ID 29464)
White-throated Needletail
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 34
Crimson Finch (Image ID 29454)
Crimson Finch
Bill Harding
Viewed: 25
Black Butcherbird (Image ID 29445)
Black Butcherbird
Gary King
Viewed: 39
Masked Lapwing (Image ID 29388)
Masked Lapwing
Ray Fox
Viewed: 64
Forest Raven (Image ID 29387)
Forest Raven
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 67


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