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  • Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill

    Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill.   Photographer: Georgina Steytler

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Adam Higgins

  • Crimson Rosella

    Crimson Rosella.   Photographer: Stephen Garth

  • Stubble Quail

    Stubble Quail.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Red-capped Plover

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

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Coming Soon: Digital Photography In The Bush 2017

March 10th-13th, at Geelong, Victoria

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Latest Images

Comb-crested Jacana
Comb-crested Jacana
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 13
Great Egret
Great Egret
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 15
Great Egret
Great Egret
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 15
Elegant Parrot
Elegant Parrot
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 12
Emu
Emu
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 10
Galah
Galah
Ray Fox
Viewed: 6
Red-backed Kingfisher
Red-backed Kingfisher
Gary King
Viewed: 8
Buff-sided Robin
Buff-sided Robin
Gary King
Viewed: 11
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
Gary King
Viewed: 9
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
Purple-crowned Fairy-wren
Gary King
Viewed: 9
Laughing Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail
Laughing Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail
Pennie Marks
Viewed: 10
Pied Currawong
Pied Currawong
Pennie Marks
Viewed: 5
Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner
Pennie Marks
Viewed: 13
Australian Wood Duck
Australian Wood Duck
Con Boekel
Viewed: 6
Superb Parrot
Superb Parrot
Con Boekel
Viewed: 9
Azure Kingfisher
Azure Kingfisher
Con Boekel
Viewed: 4
White-winged Chough
White-winged Chough
Con Boekel
Viewed: 4
Red-capped Plover
Red-capped Plover
Kym Murphy
Viewed: 4

We are pleased to offer our members a new Bird ID Challenge, with a theme of Streaky Ground Birds.

Streaky ground birds can be an identification challenge for even experienced observers.  The streaks have a camouflage function.  Streaky ground birds tend to lurk in the undergrowth.  If spotted in the open, many species will rapidly retreat to cover; observers might only catch a fleeting glimpse of part of a bird.  Alternatively, streaky ground birds may flush in a whirr of wings, often flying away from the observer at great speed in erratic flight before dropping suddenly from sight.  In addition, the members of some genera have more or less the same general shape and size, and most have some form of streaky plumage, so there is a fair bit of sorting out to do.

Round 1 is designed to be gentle, although there are a couple of knotty ones for interest.

And there is a kicker!  One of the images is of a bird which cannot generally be reliably determined to species level in the field.  There are three members of the genus in Australia.  While location does provide a cue, diagnosis is generally only possible in the hand.  For this species entrants will ONLY score a point if they the give the answer as 'generally impossible in the field'.  Entrants who guess the correct species answer for this image will not score a point.

You must be logged in to the site to access this challenge, from the Photo Gallery menu.  Entries for this round close at 10 am on Saturday 8 October.

The penultimate photo competition for 2016, Birds in Flight, is now open for entries; it will close at 5pm (WST), 5 October 2016.

Birds in Flight is defined as any image which shows birds from the point of take off (wings up but feet may still be on perch) to the point of landing (wings up but feet may be grounded). This may include birds which have leapt up, if only for a brief moment (such as during an excitable disagreement), as long as it is clear that the feet will leave/have completely left the ground.

As usual, there are three levels: Entry, Intermediate and Advanced.  To submit a photo, go to the "PhotoGallery" menu and choose "Submit bird photo" from the drop-down menu.  At the top of the Submit bird photo form that opens is an option to select into which Gallery you would like to upload your photo. Select one of the "Birds In Flight" galleries.  Alternatively, you can open one of the Competition galleries directly from the "Photo Gallery/Competitions" menu and click the Upload Image button (which will only be present if you are logged in) to submit your entry to that competition level.  Complete the form (including the Comments and Equipment fields) and click on submit at the bottom.  Only images taken on or after 7 September 2014 are eligible.  The competition Rules can also be found under the PhotoGallery/Competitions tab.

If you have any other questions or comments in relation to the competition, please do not hesitate to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Georgina Steytler
Photo Competition Co-ordinator

The Tom Oliver Award seeks to entice photographers and/or photography-educators to create an original and inspiring educational resource enabling bird photographers to advance their photographic knowledge-base and technical competencies.

BirdLife Photography is now inviting entries for the Tom Oliver Award 2017.  Entries for this, the second Tom Oliver Award, close on the 15th January, 2017.  All entries must comply with the Rules and Conditions for the Tom Oliver Award. Should you have any questions regarding the award that are not addressed in the Tom Oliver Award section of this website, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mystery Reviewer’s choices from the Intermediate and Entry levels of the 'Big Is Beautiful' competition are now available.

Intermediate Level – Big Is Beautiful

Here are the top 5 images chosen by the MR for the Intermediate Level:

The full Mystery Reviewer's report for the Intermediate Level competition is available here.

Entry Level – Big Is Beautiful

Here are the top 5 images chosen by the MR for the Entry Level:

The full Mystery Reviewer's report for the Entry Level competition is available here.

Congratulations to all these photographers, in both categories, for their quality bird images.

We've just heard that TYTO will be celebrating National Bird Week with a series of activities over the entire month of October. The signature event of the month is the 1st Hinchinbrook Birdlife Art Awards. This competition and exhibition of artworks are centred on the bird life found in the Hinchinbrook Region.  The exhibition opens at the TYTO Regional Art Gallery on 7th October, and runs until 23rd October.

The Awards cover six sections, including Photography, and are open for entries until 12th September; if you're interested in entering you'd better act fast!  The sections are Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing, Photography, Ceramics, and Sculptural Form.  For details, and a link to the Award Entry Form, see www.tyto.com.au/art/art-gallery/birdlife-art-awards.

Member voting for the Big Is Beautiful competition, which closed for entries on 8th August and for voting on 31st August, has been analysed and the results for the top 5 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.

Regular readers with an eye for detail may notice that the results for the Intermediate category are no longer as originally published.  The reason is that one contestant moved images from the competition gallery before the results were calculated; they were returned to the competition gallery several days later, and the results have been re-calculated.

Advanced Level – Big Is Beautiful

This category attracted 61 entries, from 18 photographers. 36 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Big Is Beautiful

This category attracted 106 entries, from 33 photographers. 38 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Big Is Beautiful

This category attracted 46 entries, from 19 photographers. 33 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality bird images.

Recent Picks

Great Egret (Image ID 22312)
Great Egret
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 15
Little Crow (Image ID 22269)
Little Crow
William Betts
Viewed: 15
Green-backed Honeyeater (Image ID 22153)
Green-backed Honeyeater
Peter Owen
Viewed: 45
Australian Brush-turkey (Image ID 22144)
Australian Brush-turkey
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 52
Rufous Treecreeper (Image ID 22042)
Rufous Treecreeper
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 134
Australian Ringneck (Image ID 22037)
Australian Ringneck
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 113
Lewin's Honeyeater (Image ID 21951)
Lewin's Honeyeater
Con Boekel
Viewed: 121
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 21926)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
David Newell
Viewed: 103
Chirruping Wedgebill (Image ID 21921)
Chirruping Wedgebill
David Newell
Viewed: 81
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Image ID 21894)
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 140

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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.