Lo­cal bird­watcher joins na­tional count

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE first Aussie Back­yard Bird Count got off to a great start this week to mark Na­tional BirdWeek.

A smart­phone app with built-in field guide and a keen pair of eyes were the only tools needed.

Gayn­dah pho­tog­ra­pher Rose Hamil­ton-Barr said the count was “vi­tal”.

“Un­der­stand­ing which species are where, which may be in dan­ger, and the ob­ser­va­tions of bird-lovers ev­ery­where can as­sist in the work of BirdLife Aus­tralia,” she said.

The for­mer jour­nal­ist be­gan fo­cussing on lo­cal species after “dis­cov­er­ing” birds in Au­gust. She de­cided to go to Ban Ban Springs ev­ery week­day morn­ing and see what she could find.

“I dis­cov­ered that I was pho­tograph­ing be­tween five and 12 dif­fer­ent species of small bird ev­ery sin­gle day.”

She reg­u­larly up­loads images to Face­book pages for Bird Pho­tog­ra­phy Aus­tralia, Aus­tralian Na­tive Birds and Birds in Fo­cus.

PHOTO: ROSE HAMIL­TON-BARR

PRETTY: An Aus­tralian reed war­bler at Ban Ban Springs.

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