Trends in books and lists

I am engaged in a little project for which I am seeking information about the taxonomic treatment of Australian birds for everyday purposes, that is in field guides and regional lists and personal recording.  The eBird recording system is one example, but I know about the basis for that.  There has been a . . . → Read More: Trends in books and lists

Stephen Davies

Dear Birding-aussers,


About one hour ago I was informed by Stephen Davies’ daughter, Fran, that Stephen died peacefully in Perth around 10 am yesterday. Stephen would be well-known to many as a former President of the RAOU, its first Director, an RAOU Fellow, and a former . . . → Read More: Stephen Davies

Three Bird Books Among This Year’s RZS NSW Whitley Book Award Winners

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Cooper, R.M., McAllan, I.A.W., Brandis, C.C.P. & Curtis, B.R. (2020). An Atlas of the Birds of the NSW and the ACT, Volume 3 (NSW Bird Atlassers Inc., Woolgoolga).


Darby, A. (2020). Flight Lines (Allen & Unwin, Sydney).


Gregory, P. (2020). Birds of Paradise . . . → Read More: Three Bird Books Among This Year’s RZS NSW Whitley Book Award Winners

Sulphur-crested cockatoos can be noisy and destructive, but they’re also very clever. Here are some facts you may not know – Science – ABC News…

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Intermediate or Great Egret?

I have the dickens of a job IDing these birds. I suspect this is the great egret: head, neck and eye structure surrounds. Sydney Olumpic Park last week.


Any suggestions?




David in Blackheath

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Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period Monday, October 26, 2020 to Sunday, November 1, 2020:

Area: SA

Location: On our Rockleigh property

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) (5) We have been hearing bee-eaters for weeks, but never managed to see them. I was doing my last Backyard Bird Count . . . → Read More: Birdpedia – Australia – Weekly Digest

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 84, Issue 19

Maybe the Magpies are just sunbaking for the pleasure of it .

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short video on some Canadian birds

Dear Fellow birders,

So, I am starting to produce videos on nature and birding. I made a short one on Carleton University — it’s a University campus in Ottawa, Canada:

I feature a few birds with some video. This is my first attempt at a ‘nature documentary’ and I’m still acquiring some gear that . . . → Read More: short video on some Canadian birds

Australian Magpie “anting” or what?

What I sent last night appears to have not gone through yet. Maybe best just to call it sunning when that is what it is and leave the word anting to when there are ants. Easy. But they may be connected. This sunning behaviour (and certainly not just magpies) often has the birds . . . → Read More: Australian Magpie “anting” or what?