• Great Egret (Image ID 20408)

    Great Egret.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Black Swan (Image ID 35980)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Great Pied Cormorant (Image ID 20176)

    Great Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Hooded Plover (Image ID 19886)

    Hooded Plover.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Greater Crested Tern (Image ID 28120)

    Greater Crested Tern.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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Latest Images

Buff-banded Rail (Image ID 42442)
Buff-banded Rail
Michael Todd
Viewed: 13
White-faced Heron (Image ID 42441)
White-faced Heron
Diana Vine
Viewed: 16
Hardhead (Image ID 42440)
Hardhead
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 14
Eurasian Coot (Image ID 42439)
Eurasian Coot
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 13
Pink Robin (Image ID 42438)
Pink Robin
Gary King
Viewed: 15
Pink Robin (Image ID 42437)
Pink Robin
Gary King
Viewed: 21
Pink Robin (Image ID 42436)
Pink Robin
Gary King
Viewed: 13
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 42433)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 14
Grey-crowned Babbler (Image ID 42432)
Grey-crowned Babbler
Les George
Viewed: 10

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BirdLife Australia member Margaret Crane is organising an art show in October, with the theme "Birds of a Feather".  She would like to show some bird videos in the background, of birds that are seen on the New South Wales coast.  The video footage need not have been taken on the NSW coast, but should show species that occur there; it should not include people in the shot.  If you can assist, please contact Margaret directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BirdLife Photography members are once again well represented in this year's results for two prestigous international competitions.

Georgina Steytler won the Best Portfolio Award in the Bird Photographer of the Year 2020 competition.  Those who follow her on Instagram will have seen a number of photos she's taken recently with her new Olympus mirrorless camera.  Glenn Pure also did well in this competition, with two Commended images in the Best Portrait category and one in the Bird Behaviour category.

Six members were in the shortlisted finalists of the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition.  They were Kim Wormald and Gary Meredith in the Animal Behaviour category, Keith Lightbody and Claire Greenwell in the Threatened Species category, and Lea Scaddan and David Stowe in the Animal Portrait category,

Congratulations to all these photographers for their excellent work - well done!

 

On Sunday 23rd August we sent our members an invitation to participate in our 2020 Members Survey.  These invitations were sent by email, from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via Survey Monkey.  The invitation included the following information: "To encourage your early participation, we will select a random responder after 14 days, who will win a $200 voucher from Ted's Cameras."

The response so far has been somewhat below our expectations, based on previous surveys we have conducted.  We've also had a few people tell us that they did not receive the email message.  If you didn't receive the email, we suggest that you check your ISP's spam folder in case it was incorrectly flagged and not delivered; you'll need to do this via a web-based interface to your email account, an email client program (eg. Outlook, Windows Live Mail) will not provide access to the spam folder on the mail server.

Please also note that the email invitations are individually customised; this allows us to identify the responder so that we can select our random winner.  The "Begin Survey" link in the email should not be given to anyone else.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Head and Bill competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Head and Bill

Intermediate Level – Head and Bill

Entry Level – Head and Bill

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

Member voting for the Head and Bill competition, which closed for entries on 10th August and for voting on 31st August, has been analysed and the results for the top five images (or more, in the case of a tie) in each category are listed here.  This competition received excellent support from the membership, with 368 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 119 photographers.  The Winner is the image which received the most votes; and we also show the next four highest placed images, rating them as Highly Commended if they received at least 90% of the votes for the winning image, and Commended for scores less than that.

Advanced Level – Head and Bill

This category attracted 101 entries, from 32 photographers. 50 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Head and Bill

This category attracted 167 entries, from 55 photographers. 58 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Head and Bill

This category attracted 100 entries, from 32 photographers. 55 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Our 2021 Photo Competitions for BirdLife Photography members will have the following themes:

  1. Best of 2020.  Up to four of your best bird shots taken during 2020.
  2. Cranes, Storks, Crakes, Rails and Swamphens.  There should be something for everyone here. The following species are eligible: Brolga, Sarus Crane, Black-necked Stork, Lewin’s Rail, Buff-banded Rail, Lord Howe Woodhen, Chestnut Rail. Red-necked Crake, Red-legged Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Baillon’s Crake, Australian Spotted Crake, Spotless Crake, White-browed Crake, Australasian Swamphen. Pale-vented Bush-hen, Watercock, White-breasted Waterhen, Eurasian Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Common Moorhen, Black-tailed Native-hen and Tasmanian Native-hen.
  3. Birds in the Landscape.  The challenge here is to photograph the bird in the landscape. The bird needs to be big enough to ensure that it is clearly identifiable as does the habitat/landscape in which it lives. Comments need to address both the bird and the habitat/landscape. For example, what is the landscape/habitat and is it a typical or unusual location for the species. No birds on sticks with a clear background required here. Examples are fruit-doves in rainforest trees, finches feeding on grass seeds, chats in heathland, kingfishers overlooking and including the stream, water-birds in wetlands, estuaries or beaches etc.
  4. Wrens.  The final competition for 2021 includes any species with “wren” as part of its common name (more than 30 species around Australia). It includes Emu-wrens, Fairy-wrens, Grasswrens, Fernwren, Fieldwrens, Heathwrens and Scrubwrens.

Except for the Best of 2020 competition, all entries must have been taken within three years of the opening date of the competition; this is a change to our standard competition rules.  The competition dates are now available, on the 2021 Competition Themes page.

The BirdLife Australia Photography Awards competition - the national competition run jointly by BirdLife Photography and BirdLife Australia - closed for entries on 3rd August.  This year a record 6,200 entries were received, over half within the last three days of the competition.  Entries are being processed, and judging will be underway as soon as possible.

Our Mystery Reviewers have completed their assessments of the images in each level of the Finches and Chats competition; their ratings are as follows:

Advanced Level – Finches and Chats

Intermediate Level – Finches and Chats

Entry Level – Finches and Chats

The Mystery Reviewer Critiques are available in the Resources - Mystery Reviewer Critiques page.  Critiques published within the last two years are only visible to our members; you must be logged in to the site to see them.

Member voting for the Finches and Chats competition, which closed for entries on 18th May and for voting on 8th June, has been analysed and the results for the top five images in each category are listed here.  This competition received good support from the membership, with 209 images entered across the 3 competition levels by 97 photographers.  The Winner is the image which received the most votes; and we also show the next four highest placed images, rating them as Highly Commended if they received at least 90% of the votes for the winning image, and Commended for scores less than that.

There were 29 species eligible for entry to this competition, and all but six of those were represented in the entries. Those missing were Pale-headed Munia (a vagrant, which we have no images of), Java Sparrow, Black-throated Finch, Blue-faced Parrot-Finch, Gibberbird, and - somewhat surprisingly - European Greenfinch.

Advanced Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 71 entries, from 22 photographers. 39 members voted, with the following result:

Intermediate Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 84 entries, from 36 photographers. 45 members voted, with the following result:

Entry Level – Finches and Chats

This category attracted 54 entries, from 20 photographers. 39 members voted, with the following result:

Congratulations to all these photographers for their quality images.

Recent Picks

Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 42433)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 14
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Image ID 42172)
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Diana Womersley
Viewed: 91
Sooty Oystercatcher (Image ID 42155)
Sooty Oystercatcher
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 76
Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 42121)
Australian Wood Duck
Antony Nya
Viewed: 85
Red Wattlebird (Image ID 42069)
Red Wattlebird
George Pergaminelis
Viewed: 148
Laughing Kookaburra (Image ID 41958)
Laughing Kookaburra
Peter Lightowler
Viewed: 102
Musk Duck (Image ID 41944)
Musk Duck
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 116
Kentish Plover (V) (Image ID 41934)
Kentish Plover (V)
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 114
White-capped Albatross (Image ID 41921)
White-capped Albatross
Chris Young
Viewed: 145
Shy Albatross (Image ID 41899)
Shy Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 103

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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.