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          By joining the biggest community of bird lovers in Australia, you can help us make a positive impact on the future of our native birdlife. The members of BirdLife Australia, along with our supporters and partners, have been powerful advocates for native birds and the conservation of their habitats since 1901.

          We are also the meeting ground for everyone with an interest in birds from the curious backyard observer to the dedicated research scientist. It doesn’t matter what your interest in birds is or how much you know about them, your membership will offer you the opportunity to increase your awareness and enjoyment.

          Birdlife Australia would be delighted to welcome you as a new member and we look forward to sharing our news and achievements with you throughout the coming year.

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          Birdwatching

          Australia is a wonderful place to go birdwatching because seeing birds is easy, they are everywhere you look.

          Wherever you go, there are birds. Not just in the forests and woodlands, but in farmland and parks, on the tallest of mountains and in the driest of deserts. Even in the city streets you can see swallows and martins, falcons and gulls, pigeons and sparrows, and plenty more besides.

          Birdwatchers in Australia are lucky because there are so many different birds to see (over 800 in all), and many of them are charismatic and colourful, have beautiful songs, and many of them are easy to see.

          The beauty of birdwatching is its free to be done anywhere and anytime you feel like it.

          Watching birds can take on many different forms. For most people it is a relaxing pastime which allows them to head out into the fresh air and visit places they may not usually go. Some enjoy the freedom of solitude it can provide while others see it as a social experience, meeting with people who share a common interest. For others it is the lure of the chase which ignites their passion. Still others look upon birds as environmental indicators and use them to understand how the natural world is faring.

          Whatever drives birdwatchers, almost all agree — they like watching birds to appreciate their beauty and freedom, and because it’s enjoyable.

          Where to go

          To further explore places to see birds click a state below, download trip reports at the bottom of the page, or see our local branch events here. You can discover wondrous birdwatching places through Australian Birdlife, our members' magazine.

          Fivebough Swamp Leeton NSW

          TAS

          South Bruny Island

          70 minutes south of Hobart, including ferry trip from Kettering. See all of Tasmania’s endemic species; also Pink Robin, Swift Parrot, Beautiful Firetail, Kelp Gull.

          Mount Knocklofty (the Mount Stuart end)

          5 minutes from Hobart CBD. Go up Mt Stuart Road to the lookout, and continue up the walking tracks onto Mount Knocklofty. See Pallid Cuckoos, Common and Brush Bronzewings, Striated and Spotted Pardalotes, Grey Goshawks, Forest Ravens, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.

          Lenah Valley track, Mount Wellington

          15 minutes from Hobart CBD. Go to Bushy Creek Road, and follow beyond to the Lenah Valley Walking Track. See Pink Robins, Beautiful Firetails in the rainforest, and mountain birds the further up you go.

          Westerway

          45 minutes north-west of Hobart. Take the Lyell Highway, then turn left onto the road to Strathgordon. Look for the old neglected farms which adjoin the Mount Field National Park. See many small passerines.

          Waterworks Reserve, Hobart

          7 minutes south-west of Hobart CBD. Drive south-west along Davey Street, and at the bend, turn left into Romilly Street and then right onto Waterworks Road and drive for another kilometre or so. Look out for the big stone gateposts, where you enter the Reserve. See Yellow-throated, Strong-billed and Black-headed Honeyeaters, Black Currawongs, Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos, Grey Fantails, Tasmanian Native-hens and Pink Robins. Click here for more details of the reserve.

          VIC

          Chiltern State Forest

          3 hours north-east of Melbourne. See a range of box-ironbark species, including Regent Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail, Turquoise Parrot, Painted Honeyeater.

          Cabbage Tree Palms, near Marlo

          4? hours east of Melbourne. At Orbost, take turnoff to Marlo, and then at Marlo, head to Cape Conran; look out for the sign-posted road to Cabbage Trees on your right. See warm, temperate rainforest species, as well as fruit-eating pigeons when palms are fruiting, including Topknot Pigeon, Azure Kingfisher, Wonga Pigeon.

          Western Treatment Plant, Werribee

          30 minutes south-west of Melbourne. See wide range of shorebirds and waterfowl in great numbers; also Orange-bellied Parrots in winter. Permit required for entry.

          Point Addis

          90 minutes south-west of Melbourne. Drive 10 minutes past Torquay and turn left at signpost after Bells Beach turn-off. See passing seabirds from the cliffs, or see Rufous Bristlebirds, Chestnut-rumped Heathwrens, Southern Emu-wrens in heathy woodland of hinterland.

          Hattah Kulkyne National Park

          5? hours north-west of Melbourne; 4? hours east of Adelaide. See a range of mallee and river red gum specialists, including Mallee Emu-wren, Regent Parrot, Striated Grasswren, and many waterbirds.

          Banyule Flats Reserve, Viewbank

          25 minutes north-east of Melbourne CBD. From Rosanna Road, turn into Banyule Road, and then left into Somerset Drive. For the best birdwatching results, follow the dirt track past the billabong (don’t use the main Yarra Trail — there are too many people and cyclists). See numerous waterfowl in the billabong and adjacent river, as well as Latham’s Snipe, resident waders, crakes and rails. Also look for Crested Shrike-tits and Mistletoebirds in the River Red Gums. This is one of the few places in Melbourne where you may find a Red-whiskered Bulbul.

          Rifle Range Reserve, Smiths Gully

          1 hour north-east of Melbourne CBD. Head north-east along Kangaroo Ground–St Andrews Road, and 3 kilometres past Panton Hill, turn right into Clintons Road, and then immediately left onto Smiths Gully Road. Then turn left into Salters Rush Road, and right into Rifle Range Road. Park at the locked gate. See White-winged Choughs and a variety of other bush birds.

          Chiltern National Park Victoria

          Point Addis Victoria

          NSW

          Capertee Valley

          3 hours north-west of Sydney. Head to Capertee and take the road to Glen Davis. Rich mosaic of box-ironbark woodland where you can see Plum-headed Finch, Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Painted Honeyeater, Speckled Warbler, Diamond Firetail, White-browed Babbler, Red-capped Robin.

          Sydney Olympic Park

          14kms from Sydney’s CBD, Sydney Olympic Park covers 420 hectares of original and planted woodlands, freshwater wetlands and estuarine habitats.  See a range of common and migratory/nomadic waterbirds including Black-winged Stilt, Black Swan, Silver Gulls, Chestnut Teal, Red-necked Avocet, Black-fronted Dotterel and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers.  Terrestrial species include Red-browed Finch, Superb Fairy-wren, Brown Goshawk, Yellow Thornbill and Mangrove Gerygone.  Birding hotspots can be found at the Waterbird Refuge, Northern Water Feature and Lake Belvedere.

          Also located at Sydney Olympic Park is BirdLife Australia's Discovery Centre, Newington Armory.

          Royal National Park

          40 minutes south-west of Sydney. See a wide range of sandstone specialists and birds of the angophora forests, such as Rockwarbler, Superb Lyrebird, Pilotbird, Cicadabird, Little Lorikeet, Australian King-Parrot.

          Fivebough Swamp, Leeton

          6½ hours west of Sydney; 5½ hours north of Melbourne. See a range of waterbirds, including Australasian and Australian Little Bitterns, crakes and rails, Freckled Duck, Glossy Ibis, Brolga.

          QLD

          Hasties Swamp

          1 hour south-west of Cairns. See a range of tropical waterbirds, such as Cotton and Green Pygmy-Geese, Radjah Shelduck, White-browed Crake, Sarus Crane.

          Bajool Weir

          30 minutes south of Rockhampton. Wetlands associated with the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River and its tributaries. See Yellow Chat, Radjah Shelduck, Cotton Pygmy-Goose.

          Lamington National Park

          90 minutes south of Brisbane. See wide range of rainforest species, including Regent Bowerbird, Albert’s Lyrebird, Rufous Scrub-bird, Paradise Riflebird.

          SA

          Bool Lagoon

          3? hours south-east of Adelaide. At Struan, turn west into Bool Lagoon Road. Freshwater wetlands with dense reedbeds where you can see Australian Bittern, Australian Little Bittern, various crakes and rails, many species of waterfowl.

          BirdLife Australia's Gluepot Reserve

          3? hours north-east of Adelaide; 1? hours north of Waikerie. From Waikerie, head to Taylorville and turn up Lunn Road (follow the signs from there). See a range of mallee birds, including Red-lored Whistler, Malleefowl, Black-eared Miner, Scarlet-chested Parrot.

          Lyndhurst

          6 hours north of Adelaide. See arid-zone species, including Chestnut-breasted Whiteface, Chirruping Wedgebill, Thick-billed Grasswren.

          NT

          Mary River Park

          1 hour south-east of Darwin. Near the boundary of Kakadu National Park, see wide range of forest, woodland and riverine species, including Great-billed Heron, Black Bittern, Rainbow Pitta, Pacific Baza, Radjah Shelduck, Rufous Owl.

          Pine Creek

          2 hours south-east of Darwin. See Hooded Parrot, Northern Rosella, Gouldian Finch, Banded Honeyeater.

          Alice Springs Sewage Farm

          5 minutes south of Alice Springs. Numerous treatment ponds which attract many waterbirds in this otherwise arid area. See waterbirds, such as Glossy Ibis, Pink-eared Duck, Black-tailed Native-hen, Gull-billed Tern, and shorebirds including Red-kneed Dotterel, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Little Curlew.

          WA

          King’s Park, Perth

          5 minutes west of Perth. See Western Spinebill, Western Wattlebird, White-cheeked Honeyeater, Shining Bronze-Cuckoo, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-Eater.

          Cheynes Beach, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve

          5 hours south-east of Perth; 20 minutes east of Albany. Low woodland, heathland and rushland support Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Whipbird, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Red-eared Firetail, White-breasted Robin, Southern Emu-wren.

          Roebuck Bay, Broome

          20 minutes east of Broome at our Bird Observatory. See vast numbers of many different species of shorebirds on the beaches and mudflats; also mangrove specialists, such as Broad-billed Flycatcher, White-breasted Whistler and Mangrove Golden Whistler, and birds of the plains, including Oriental Plover, Yellow Wagtail and Little Curlew.

          Herdsman Lake, Wembley

          10 minutes north-west from Perth CBD. Travel along the Mitchell Freeway and exit at Powis Street, lest into Herdsman Parade and right into Selby Street. Great birding all year round. See a good variety of waterbirds, including Little Bitterns, as well as many bushbirds. There is a Field Centre to help you on your way.

          Victoria Reservoir

          30 minutes south-east of Perth. One of the few suburban locations where you can get a large number of the south-western Australian endemic species.

          Lake McLarty

          1 hour south of Perth, just south of Mandurah on Mills Road. The best spot for shorebirds near Perth, it is at its best between November and February but it is highly dependent on rainfall, often drying out in early to mid-summer.

          Birding

          Birdlines

          Birdlines are websites for reporting unusual and interesting sightings of birds. This may be because the birds are?rare or vagrant, outside their normal range,?in unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures, exhibiting interesting behaviour or?unusual habitat usage or simply difficult to find. There are Birdlines for each state and territory,?for Australia as a whole, and for Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. A diligent and enthusiastic team of moderators check each report to ensure the quality of the web site. Eremaea Birdlines www.eremaea.com have a monthly readership of over 5000 unique visitors. Have a look and make sure to record your unusual observations.

          You can also get involved in regular conversations about birds and birdwatching at the Birding-Aus forum.

          Ethical Birding

          Read our Ethical Birding Guidelines to understand potential negative impacts that recreational birdwatching and photography may have on birds, in the downloads section below. You can also download our info sheet for quick tips on ethical birdwatching at the bottom of the page.

          Rarities Committee

          There are about 880 birds on the Australian list, and this number is increasing all the time as rare birds are being reported in Australia and its offshore territories with increasing regularity. It is the role of the BirdLife Australia Rarities Committee to critically examine these reports of unusual birds and ensure that each is correctly identified before it can be added to the list.

          The members of the Rarities Committee are all experts in the field of bird identification, each with many years of experience both in Australia and overseas. They examine reports of birds as diverse as Northern Rockhopper Penguins in Tasmania and Arctic Warblers in Broome, Spotted Whistling Ducks on islands in Torres Strait and Little Ringed Plovers on Rottnest Island, and other vagrants from all points in between, as well as rare birds which turn up on Australia’s outlying islands.

          The decision of whether to accept or reject a report that has been submitted to the Committee is determined by a vote, but only after rigorous scrutiny of all the details and often after lively debate.

          When a rare bird is accepted onto the Australian list by the experts of the Rarities Committee, you can be sure that its true identity is beyond question!

          Downloads

          Ethical Birding Guidelines

          Read the guidelines to understand potential negative impacts that recreational birdwatching and photography may have on birds

          Bird Trail brochure

          Blue Mountains, Lithgow & Oberon Bird Trail

          NSW

          Bird Watching brochure

          Capertee Valley
          Map & Guide to Birdwatching

          NSW

          Trip Report

          Broken Hill, NSW

          Trip Report

          Cairns, QLD

          Trip Report

          Chiltern NP, VIC

          Trip Report

          Corner Country (north-west New South Wales, south-west Queensland and North-east South Australia

          Trip Report

          Kangaroo Island, SA

          Trip Report

          Lord Howe Island

          Trip Report

          Norfolk Island

          Trip Report

          New South Wales

          Trip Report

          Royal Park, Melbourne VIC

          Trip Report

          Western Australia

          Trip Report

          Western Treatment Plant, VIC

          Trip Report

          Western Woodlands, VIC

          Trip Report

          Winton Wetlands, VIC

          Trip Report

          Wonthaggi Heathlands, VIC

          Trip Report

          You Yangs, VIC

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