Love is in the air – Birdlife Australia Annual 2015 Survey

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By Rev. Mfufu Zambezi-Raskladushkin

Birdlife Australia – primary nation’s bird conservation organisation – conducted its second Aussie Backyard Bird Count in October. Participants had an opportunity to log their 20 minutes survey results in a smartphone app.

According to Birdlife, more than 38,000 Australians spent National Bird Week in their backyards, schoolyards and national parks counting, and contributing data to BirdLife Australia’s national citizen science project. More than one million birds were observed. It was a terrific communal effort to determine a health of birds population in Australia. Results will be vetted and analysed by ornithologists in coming months.

I took part in a project as well, completing two surveys at the south-eastern tip of Albert Park Lake. This is the time of the year when majority of bird population is concerned with reproductive/caring activities and joy was palpable. Concerned new parents of various species, playful newly hatched youth were engaged in various daily routines as evident from photo report.

I hope that this article will compel you to go out (with a telephoto lens camera if desired) and familiarise yourself with these wonderful and inspiring (sometimes naughty) creatures, connecting yourself with the local environment on a personal level. I might add that cheeky comments are purely incidental and in no way could be attributed to birds themselves…

“Mum, we all know how fantastic You were as Odile (Swan Lake’s Black Swan) many years ago but, doing frappe (one leg ballet pas) now in front of the cameras??? This is EMBARRASSING… For us and for Dad - stop it!”. Black Swans family.

“Mum, we all know how fantastic You were as Odile (Swan Lake’s Black Swan) many years ago but, doing frappe (one leg ballet pas) now in front of the cameras??? This is
EMBARRASSING… For us and for Dad – stop it!”. Black Swans family.

“Hello….. HELLO!!! Anybody there? It’s a breeding season… hello already!!” Eurasian Coot.

“Hello….. HELLO!!! Anybody there? It’s a breeding season… hello already!!” Eurasian Coot.

“Just applied for a position of an official mascot of St Kilda 2017 Midsumma Festival… Hopeful...” Rainbow Lorikeet.

“Just applied for a position of an official mascot of St Kilda 2017 Midsumma Festival… Hopeful…” Rainbow Lorikeet.

“Hey! HEY!!! What Are You Looking At!!!!??? What Are You Looking At, Punk!!!!??? I am NOT that obnoxious imported pest Myna!!! I am a local native honeyeater on my lunchbreak. Leave me alone!!!”. Noisy Miner.

“Hey! HEY!!! What Are You Looking At!!!!??? What Are You Looking At, Punk!!!!??? I am NOT that obnoxious imported pest Myna!!! I am a local native honeyeater on my lunchbreak. Leave me alone!!!”. Noisy Miner.

“You talkin’ to me? Are You talking to me…???” Black Swan/humans confrontation.

“You talkin’ to me? Are You talking to me…???” Black Swan/humans confrontation.

“Please, don’t call me Ugly Duckling. I am already very shy and self conscious at this precocious age…” Black Swan chick.

“Please, don’t call me Ugly Duckling. I am already very shy and self conscious at this precocious age…” Black Swan chick.

Look!!! I am soooo pretty with this Rouge Shade 253 lippy. Hubby will be happy…. Pacific Gull - endangered in Victoria

Look!!! I am soooo pretty with this Rouge Shade 253 lippy. Hubby will be happy…. Pacific Gull – endangered in Victoria

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