• Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Superb Fairy-wren

    Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Superb Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Stephen Garth

  • Scarlet Robin

    Scarlet Robin.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • White-naped Honeyeater

    White-naped Honeyeater.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Pied Stilt

    Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Richard Smart

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Theme Submissions Open Submissions Close Voting Opens Voting Closes
Ducks and Pygmy-Geese 28 January 27 February 28 February 13 March
Black & White Birds 20 March 17 April 18 April 8 May
Preening 15 May 12 June 13 June 3 July
Capturing the Light 10 July 7 August 8 August 28 August
City Slickers
(changed: was Birds Feeding)
4 September 2 October 3 October 23 October
Best of 2017 30 October 27 November 28 November 18 December

Please note: dates are approximate, and may be changed.  Dates will be announced on our homepage, and in email messages to members; these announcements will also contain details of the theme, and any special competition rules.

We had planned to use “Birds Feeding” as the theme for our September competition, but have decided to change that to “City Slickers” following a recent suggestion from Monica Awasthy, Program Manager of Birds In Backyards, which will lead to cross-promotion of the two organisations.  She wrote:

I call the challenge “City Slickers” because I was interested in seeing what people could come up with to capture the birds sharing our spaces – so whether it was a behaviour of a typical “urban” bird, maybe the beauty of a bird we might detest or ignore in a city, or people interacting with birds, or even a bird using a non-natural space.  I thought it might be interesting to challenge people to pay attention to what’s happening right outside their door.  I know a lot of people aren’t interested in the common birds around them, but with over 90% of Australians in cities, it’s where most people see birds.  And as an urban ecologist who is keen in engaging people with the birds they live with, I am often amazed by what I see out my window.  It’s the essence of the Birds in Backyards program!

In order not to disadvantage our country members, we’re not being strict on the “city” definition; we’ll consider anywhere there are buildings (small towns, even a group of farm buildings) to meet the criterion – but you don’t have to include structures in your images.  This competition will open for entries on 4th September.


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