• Painted Finch (Image ID 27741)

    Painted Finch.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Black Swan (Image ID 19439)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Grey-tailed Tattler (Image ID 37663)

    Grey-tailed Tattler.   Photographer: Wilson Lennard

  • Australian Reed-Warbler (Image ID 33938)

    Australian Reed-Warbler.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 23088)

    Rainbow Bee-eater.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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Latest Images

Scarlet Robin (Image ID 42575)
Scarlet Robin
Peter Higgins
Viewed: 20
Australian Reed-Warbler (Image ID 42574)
Australian Reed-Warbler
Peter Higgins
Viewed: 19
New Holland Honeyeater (Image ID 42573)
New Holland Honeyeater
Peter Higgins
Viewed: 12
Eastern Yellow Robin (Image ID 42571)
Eastern Yellow Robin
Rob Solic
Viewed: 22

Our 2020 Members Survey showed that over 90% of responders would like us to develop a resource on our website for members to post information about recent field trips for the benefit of other members.  We have set up a page for this purpose, at Resources - Road Trip Reports; committee member Doug Castle has provided a couple of articles to get the ball rolling.  These reports are member-only access for two years; you must be logged in to see them.

If you would like to contribute to this resource, please send your report(s) to our website administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Don't worry about formatting; you can even send the report as an email message.  You can include a couple of photos if you wish.

Our 2020 Members Survey closed on Sunday 20th September; we were pleased to receive responses from 350 members.  The winner of the random draw for responding with the first 14 days was Jacob Crisp, who will soon receive a $200 gift voucher from Ted's Cameras.

A document containing all the survey responses is available in the Our Articles - Science & Surveys page; this document is member-only access.  We are preparing a summary document to highlight the important findings from this survey,

BirdLife Australia member Margaret Crane is organising an art show in October, with the theme "Birds of a Feather".  She would like to show some bird videos in the background, of birds that are seen on the New South Wales coast.  The video footage need not have been taken on the NSW coast, but should show species that occur there; it should not include people in the shot.  If you can assist, please contact Margaret directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BirdLife Photography members are once again well represented in this year's results for two prestigous international competitions.

Georgina Steytler won the Best Portfolio Award in the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.  Those who follow her on Instagram will have seen a number of photos she's taken recently with her new Olympus mirrorless camera.  Glenn Pure also did well in this competition, with two Commended images in the Best Portrait category and one in the Bird Behaviour category.

Seven members were in the shortlisted finalists of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.  They were Kim Wormald and Gary Meredith in the Animal Behaviour category, Keith Lightbody and Claire Greenwell in the Threatened Species category, Lea Scaddan and David Stowe in the Animal Portrait category, and Elizabeth Oxnam in the Botanical category,

Congratulations to all these photographers for their excellent work - well done!

 

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Head and Bill competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Head and Bill

Intermediate Level – Head and Bill

Entry Level – Head and Bill

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

Member voting for the Head and Bill competition, which closed for entries on 10th August and for voting on 31st August, has been analysed and the results for the top five images (or more, in the case of a tie) in each category are listed here.  This competition received excellent support from the membership, with 368 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 119 photographers.  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 – Head and Bill

This category attracted 101 entries, from 32 photographers. 50 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Head and Bill

This category attracted 167 entries, from 55 photographers. 58 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Head and Bill

This category attracted 100 entries, from 32 photographers. 55 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Our 2021 Photo Competitions for BirdLife Photography members will have the following themes:

  1. Best of 2020.  Up to four of your best bird shots taken during 2020.
  2. Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens.  There should be something for everyone here. The following species are eligible: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork, Lewin’s Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Lord Howe Woodhen, Chestnut Rail. Red-necked Crake, Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, White-browed Crake, Australasian Swamphen. Pale-vented Bush-hen, Watercock, White-breasted Waterhen, Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Black-tailed Native-hen and Tasmanian Native-hen.
  3. Birds in the Landscape.  The challenge here is to photograph the bird in the landscape. The bird needs to be big enough to ensure that it is clearly identifiable as does the habitat/landscape in which it lives. Comments need to address both the bird and the habitat/landscape. For example, what is the landscape/habitat and is it a typical or unusual location for the species. No birds on sticks with a clear background required here. Examples are fruit-doves in rainforest trees, finches feeding on grass seeds, chats in heathland, kingfishers overlooking and including the stream, water-birds in wetlands, estuaries or beaches etc.
  4. Wrens.  The final competition for 2021 includes any species with “wren” as part of its common name (more than 30 species around Australia). It includes Emu-wrens, Fairy-wrens, Grasswrens, Fernwren, Fieldwrens, Heathwrens and Scrubwrens.

Except for the Best of 2020 competition, all entries must have been taken within three years of the opening date of the competition; this is a change to our standard competition rules.  The competition dates are now available, on the 2021 Competition Themes page.

The BirdLife Australia Photography Awards competition - the national competition run jointly by BirdLife Photography and BirdLife Australia - closed for entries on 3rd August.  This year a record 6,200 entries were received, over half within the last three days of the competition.  Entries are being processed, and judging will be underway as soon as possible.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Finches and Chats competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Finches and Chats

Intermediate Level – Finches and Chats

Entry Level – Finches and Chats

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

Member voting for the Finches and Chats competition, which closed for entries on 18th May and for voting on 8th June, has been analysed and the results for the top five images in each category are listed here.  This competition received good support from the membership, with 209 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 97 photographers.  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.

There were 29 species eligible for entry to this competition, and all but six of those were represented in the entries. Those missing were Pale-headed Munia (a vagrant, which we have no images of), Java Sparrow, Black-throated Finch, Blue-faced Parrot-Finch, Gibberbird, and - somewhat surprisingly - European Greenfinch.

Advanced Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 71 entries, from 22 photographers. 39 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 84 entries, from 36 photographers. 45 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 54 entries, from 20 photographers. 39 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Recent Picks

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 42501)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Edward Mikucki
Viewed: 46
Whistling Kite (Image ID 42472)
Whistling Kite
Jamie Davies
Viewed: 33
Pheasant Coucal (Image ID 42476)
Pheasant Coucal
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 34
American Golden Plover (V) (Image ID 42455)
American Golden Plover (V)
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 60
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 42433)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 46
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Image ID 42172)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 127
Sooty Oystercatcher (Image ID 42155)
Sooty Oystercatcher
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 106
Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 42121)
Australian Wood Duck
Antony Nya
Viewed: 125
Red Wattlebird (Image ID 42069)
Red Wattlebird
George Pergaminelis
Viewed: 186
Laughing Kookaburra (Image ID 41958)
Laughing Kookaburra
Peter Lightowler
Viewed: 131

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