• Laughing Kookaburra (Image ID 37445)

    Laughing Kookaburra.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Pied Stilt (Image ID 36680)

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Mal Carnegie

  • Black-chinned Honeyeater complex (Image ID 36075)

    Black-chinned Honeyeater complex.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Banded Stilt (Image ID 36955)

    Banded Stilt.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Brown Treecreeper (Image ID 29820)

    Brown Treecreeper.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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Latest Images

New Holland Honeyeater (Image ID 42973)
New Holland Honeyeater
Michael Todd
Viewed: 5
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 42972)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 3
Magpie-lark (Image ID 42971)
Magpie-lark
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 3
Oriental Dollarbird (Image ID 42970)
Oriental Dollarbird
Geoffrey Stapley
Viewed: 11
Gang-gang Cockatoo (Image ID 42969)
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Graham Gall
Viewed: 4
Gang-gang Cockatoo (Image ID 42968)
Gang-gang Cockatoo
Graham Gall
Viewed: 10
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 42967)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Jim Schultz
Viewed: 11
Musk Lorikeet (Image ID 42965)
Musk Lorikeet
Rob Solic
Viewed: 13
Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 42963)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 9
Little Raven (Image ID 42959)
Little Raven
Michael Todd
Viewed: 8
Little Raven (Image ID 42958)
Little Raven
Michael Todd
Viewed: 7
Rock Dove (Image ID 42957)
Rock Dove
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 7
Silver Gull (Image ID 42956)
Silver Gull
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 3
Silver Gull (Image ID 42955)
Silver Gull
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 7
Varied Sittella (Image ID 42954)
Varied Sittella
Graham Gall
Viewed: 8
Comb-crested Jacana (Image ID 42953)
Comb-crested Jacana
Graham Gall
Viewed: 11
Galah (Image ID 42952)
Galah
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 7
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 42951)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Darren Weinert
Viewed: 11
Rufous Whistler (Image ID 42950)
Rufous Whistler
Darren Weinert
Viewed: 21
Painted Honeyeater (Image ID 42949)
Painted Honeyeater
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 9
Australian Raven (Image ID 42948)
Australian Raven
Darren Weinert
Viewed: 9
Masked Lapwing (Image ID 42947)
Masked Lapwing
Darren Weinert
Viewed: 7
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Image ID 42946)
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren, Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 10

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

Whistling Kite (Image ID 42929)
Whistling Kite
Peter Owen
Viewed: 27
Malleefowl (Image ID 42911)
Malleefowl
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 45
Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 42873)
Rainbow Bee-eater
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 57
Azure Kingfisher (Image ID 42805)
Azure Kingfisher
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 79
Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie-lark (Image ID 42747)
Laughing Kookaburra, Magpie-lark
Linda Leman
Viewed: 71
Superb Fairy-wren (Image ID 42725)
Superb Fairy-wren
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 64
Yellow-throated Miner (Image ID 42675)
Yellow-throated Miner
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 111
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Image ID 42501)
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Edward Mikucki
Viewed: 116
Whistling Kite (Image ID 42472)
Whistling Kite
Jamie Davies
Viewed: 103
Pheasant Coucal (Image ID 42476)
Pheasant Coucal
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 79

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