Local birdwatcher joins national count
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.
PRETTY: An Australian reed warbler at Ban Ban Springs.