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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Blue-faced Honeyeater complex (Image ID 23442)

    Blue-faced Honeyeater complex.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Little Egret (Image ID 35321)

    Little Egret.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 37943)

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Black Swan (Image ID 20321)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Australian Yellow White-eye (Image ID 28711)

    Australian Yellow White-eye.   Photographer: Bill Harding

Birds are in a daily fight for survival. Any injury or stress-induced illness will almost certainly result in death. Predators are everywhere; breeding is competitive and finding food imperative.

Further, our climate is changing and habitat is being cleared at a relentless rate. In concert, the number of bird photographers has increased phenomenally in the last two decades. The actions of photographers cannot be viewed in isolation. The more photographers there are, the greater the potential for impacting the daily existence of our birds. The effects of an ever increasing human population as well as an increasing photographic community must be regarded as cumulative.

In compiling these ethical guidelines, the BirdLife Photography Committee believes it is important to apply the internationally recognised "Precautionary Principle", which has been incorporated into Australian environmental law under s391 of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and is defined as follows:

"The precautionary principle is that lack of full scientific certainty [eg in relation to the impact of call playback on bird species] should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent degradation of the natural and cultural heritage of a reserve or zone where there is a threat of serious or irreversible damage."

Our Code of Ethics has been updated (March 2021) and is available here. All BLP members should review this important document; as a member you are bound by this policy.

It should be noted that for BirdLife Photography members these guidelines supersede any corresponding sections in the BirdLife Australia Ethical Birding Guidelines.

 

 

Recent Picks

Nankeen Night-Heron (Image ID 47226)
Nankeen Night-Heron
Graham Gall
Viewed: 20
Southern Whiteface (Image ID 47151)
Southern Whiteface
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 65
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo (Image ID 47072)
Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
Chris Young
Viewed: 135
Superb Fairy-wren (Image ID 47058)
Superb Fairy-wren
Graham Gall
Viewed: 56
Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Image ID 46833)
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Chris Young
Viewed: 224
Willie Wagtail (Image ID 46774)
Willie Wagtail
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 251
Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 46725)
Tawny Frogmouth
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 182
Striated Heron (Image ID 46693)
Striated Heron
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 287
Black-necked Stork (Image ID 46683)
Black-necked Stork
Angela Farnsworth
Viewed: 182
White-faced Heron (Image ID 46617)
White-faced Heron
Darren Hibberd
Viewed: 383

CONTACT US

The easiest way to contact us is by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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