October 2 - 8, 2016: Issue 283

Baby Kookaburras In Our Backyard

Every year around this time we begin to see all the baby birds the birds living in our trees have hatched from their nests. We have a pair of lorikeets, magpies, Australian ravens, two Bush-turkeys that haven't brought their babies to show us yet, so they must still be nesting, and these two lovely fledgling kookaburras. 

They are sitting in one of the gum trees, we have lots of spotted gums, watching for mum and dad to come back with dinner! 

The Bush Turkeys that visit as a pair

Did you take part in Bird Count last year?
This year, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count will be back, bigger and better than ever. With more than a million birds counted last year, how many will we see in 2016? It’s all happening during Bird Week, 17–23 October. Let’s make every bird count!  

Discover the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app!
A 'how to' guide for using the Aussie Backyard Bird Count app.
The app is currently available on: Iphone  Android 

We just sat on our verandah this week and took some of the birds that visit our yard to inspire you - clearly we'll be adding these to this year's Aussie Bird Count!

If you'd like some more inspiration visit Issue 234, 2015: Australia's First Bird Counts - A 115 Year Legacy

A Tribute To The Amazing Birds Of Chiltern Track NSW – Part 3

by BIBY TV: Published on 28 Sep 2016
These photos were taken in August and September 2016 on the Chiltern Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW.

List of birds shown:
1. Eastern Yellow Robin 2. Silvereye (Tasmanian race)  3. Bar-shouldered Dove 4. Variegated Fairy-wren (male)  5. Spotted Pardalote (male)
6. Spotted Pardalote (female) 7. Superb Fairy-wren (male) – on car parked next to Chiltern Track entrance on Chiltern Road. He was reacting to his image in the rear-vision mirror. 8. Silvereye (Tasmanian race)
9. Eastern Spinebill 10. Brown-headed Honeyeater 11. Spotted Pardalote (male) 12. Red-browed Finch 13. Yellow-tufted Honeyeater 14. Fuscous Honeyeater 15. Striated Pardalote 16. Rainbow Lorikeet – on Flame Tree on roadside near Chiltern Track. 17. Eastern Spinebill 18. Yellow-tufted Honeyeater 19. Striated Pardalote 20. Eastern Yellow Robin 21. Little Wattlebird 22. Red-browed Finch 23. Eastern Yellow Robin 24. Superb Fairy-wren (male) – on car parked next to Chiltern Track entrance on Chiltern Road. He was reacting to his image in the rear-vision mirror.
25. Eastern Yellow Robin 26. New Holland Honeyeater 27. Little Wattlebird 28. White-cheeked Honeyeater 29. Brown-headed Honeyeater
30. Lewin’s Honeyeater 31. Golden Whistler (female) 32. Brown-headed Honeyeater 33. Spotted Pardalote (male) 34. Silvereye (Tasmanian race) 
35. Variegated Fairy-wren (male) 36. Little Wattlebird 37. Superb Fairy-wren (male) – on car parked next to Chiltern Track entrance on Chiltern Road. He was reacting to his image in the rear-vision mirror. 38. Golden Whistler (female) 39. Lewin’s Honeyeater  40. White-browed Scrubwren
41. Brown Thornbill 42. Eastern Yellow Robin 43. New Holland Honeyeater 44. Spotted Pardalote (female) 45. Little Wattlebird – on Flame Tree on roadside near Chiltern Track. 46. Variegated Fairy-wren (female) 47. Silvereye (Tasmanian race) 48. Red-browed Finch
49. Spotted Pardalote (male) 50. Eastern Whipbird (juvenile) 51. Spotted Pardalote (male) 52. Eastern Yellow Robin 53. Bar-shouldered Dove
54. Brown Thornbill 55. New Holland Honeyeater 56. Spotted Pardalote (male) 57. Eastern Yellow Robin 58. Superb Fairy-wren (male) 59. Fuscous Honeyeater 60. Spotted Pardalote (male) 61. Bar-shouldered Dove 62. Little Wattlebird 63. Wedge-tailed Eagle 64. Square-tailed Kite
65. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Also seen/heard in August/September:
Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-eared Honeyeater, Grey Fantail, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike, Noisy Friarbird, Red Wattlebird, Welcome Swallow, White-naped Honeyeater, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Galah, Grey Shrike-thrush, Pied Currawong, Australian Raven, Australian Magpie, Laughing Kookaburra, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Olive-backed Oriole, Pacific Black Duck (on a small watercourse in swampy heath-land), Rufous Whistler (almost certain), and Noisy Miner and Australian Brush Turkey (both in garden near Chiltern Track entrance on Chiltern Road).

Photography and video production - Darren Broughton
Shot selection, editing and arrangement - Thalia Broughton
Music - "Don’t You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds