News Page and Blog
Stories and reflections about bird surveying and photography in the Australian context. Bird photos and stories from the Australian city, bush and the beach.
DROUGHT AFFECTING BIRD NUMBERS
As farmers battle with the worst drought in Australia’s history the effects are also to be seen in reduced bird numbers in the Woodland areas.
PLIGHT OF THE BLACK-THROATED FINCH
“The Southern Black-throated Finch is one of Australia’s most threatened birds. This gorgeous little bird, known for its characteristic black bib, has already lost 80% of its habitat. And now one of its last known strongholds could be destroyed to make way for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine. Please call Queensland Premier Palaszczuk to ask her to protect the most important remaining Southern Black-throated Finch habitat. Independent scientists have slammed Adani’s Management Plan for the Finch, one of the last approvals needed by Adani, because it failed to address core impact concerns and even proposed an offset area for the Finch population where more coal mines are planned.” (Birdlife Australia)
Stories and reflections about bird surveying and photography in the Australian context.
In the City
In the City birds make the most of the new environment, an important refuge as their original habitat disappears. Parks, trees and suburban gardens with shrubs are now important retreats for many birds.
In the Bush
Land clearing, habitat loss and now drought has reduced bird numbers in the bush. Isolation of remaining patches of bush stops spread of small birds and hinders migration of honeyeaters.
At the Beach
Beach birds are threatened by people, dogs and vehicles. Development of mudflats in Australia and on their route across Asia endangers thousands of migrant birds that make the journey from the northern hemisphere to Australia each year.