• Little Egret (Image ID 38972)

    Little Egret.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Black Swan (Image ID 19439)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 20852)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Little Corella (Image ID 23085)

    Little Corella.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 21121)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

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Members, remember our Zoom presentation next Wednesday night, 28 October.

Mirrorless vs DSLR - The Future of Bird Photography?

Details were emailed via our Announcements & News mail-list yesterday (21 October).

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

Golden-headed Cisticola (Image ID 43045)
Golden-headed Cisticola
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 19
Black-shouldered Kite (Image ID 43043)
Black-shouldered Kite
Linda Leman
Viewed: 16
Western Gerygone (Image ID 43042)
Western Gerygone
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 11
Tasmanian Scrubwren (Image ID 43040)
Tasmanian Scrubwren
Gary King
Viewed: 23
Noisy Friarbird (Image ID 43038)
Noisy Friarbird
Graham Gall
Viewed: 10
Pacific Gull (Image ID 43037)
Pacific Gull
David Seymour
Viewed: 12
Rufous Owl (Image ID 43036)
Rufous Owl
Peter Owen
Viewed: 22
Red-backed Kingfisher (Image ID 43034)
Red-backed Kingfisher
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 26
White-browed Robin (Image ID 43030)
White-browed Robin
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 12
Bar-tailed Godwit (Image ID 43023)
Bar-tailed Godwit
Graham Gall
Viewed: 7
Noisy Friarbird (Image ID 43020)
Noisy Friarbird
Darren Weinert
Viewed: 6

We've recently become aware that a few members are not receiving email messages which we send from this website's mail-list facility, or from the BirdLife Australia e-News platform which we use.  The most likely reason that you are not receiving messages which we send is that you have, at some time, unsubscribed from the mail-list used for the message.  You can check which mail-lists your are subscribed to from the My Account page, under the Home menu tab when you are logged in the the site; you can select the mail-lists you want to receive and those you do not want to receive.  The current mail-list categories are Announcements & News, Photo Competitions, Newsletters, and Bird ID Challenges (currently not used, as we have suspended these).  There is also an All Members list, which is used for special purposes; you should not unsubscribe from that list.

If you use the unsubscribe facility in messages sent from the e-News platform - you can recognise these by the standard BirdLife Australia footer section - this will unsubscribe you from all messages sent from that site; this will include messages from BirdLife Australia. and its branches sent using this platform  There is no facility for individuals to re-subscribe to the e-News platform.  

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.

Recent Picks

Long-billed Corella (Image ID 42996)
Long-billed Corella
Michael Hamel-Green
Viewed: 34
Whistling Kite (Image ID 42929)
Whistling Kite
Peter Owen
Viewed: 37
Malleefowl (Image ID 42911)
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 63
Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 42873)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 67
Azure Kingfisher (Image ID 42805)
Azure Kingfisher
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 94
Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie-lark (Image ID 42747)
Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie-lark
Linda Leman
Viewed: 80
Superb Fairy-wren (Image ID 42725)
Superb Fairy-wren
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 70
Yellow-throated Miner (Image ID 42675)
Yellow-throated Miner
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 121
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 42501)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Edward Mikucki
Viewed: 136
Whistling Kite (Image ID 42472)
Whistling Kite
Jamie Davies
Viewed: 113


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