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Inspiring and Supporting Photographers of Australian Birds

  • Variegated Fairy-wren (Image ID 37469)

    Variegated Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Pacific Black Duck,Pied Stilt (Image ID 24271)

    Pacific Black Duck,Pied Stilt.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Wandering Whistling-Duck (Image ID 41186)

    Wandering Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Geoffrey Stapley

  • Grey Plover (Image ID 22862)

    Grey Plover.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Painted Finch (Image ID 27741)

    Painted Finch.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

This site contains many thousands of images of Australian birds submitted by our members, in galleries of various types.  Most images are submitted to the New Images gallery, and subsequently transferred to the Main Library.  Images must show clearly identificable birds, and be of acceptable quality (reasonably sharp, well exposed); generally, the bird(s) should occupy a significant portion of the image, and should not be appreciably obscured.  The species that we will accept are those on the BirdLife Working List of Australian birds, excluding those species whose Population is shown as 'Domestic'.  We will accept pictures of hybrid birds - see the note in the Species selection area of the Submit Photo page.  We will not accept images of unknown birds which are possible aviary escapees, or domestic birds, as we are unable to clearly identify these; they are not on the list of accepted species.  We will accept images of birds which occur in Australia but were taken overseas, with the proviso that, if there are subspecies, the image is of the subspecies which occurs in Australia.

For several years, images submitted to our competitions have not been allowed to have watermarks or borders/frames, in order to ensure anonimity until the compeition voting is completed.  We have decided that we will extend this rule to images submitted to all galleries, to provide consistency of images across the site and to ensure that all images will be considered when people/organisations are requesting images for download - most of these requests are for conservation/education purposes and "plain" images are appropriate for this.  From Friday 26th June 2020, we will not accept images with watermarks and/or borders/frames in any ouf our galleries - with one exception: images submitted to the Creative Images gallery may have a border/frame for creative effect.

All images submitted are assessed by a moderator before they are published (made visible on the website), and unacceptaable images are immediately rejected; the moderator will include the reason for the rejection in an email to the photographer.  All other images are given a rating for both composition and technical; those which receive a "poor" rating will be automatically removed from the site after (about) one month.

Images may be submitted to a special Slides gallery; these are used in the slideshow on the home page and some other pages of the site.  The gallery description (which appears when you select that gallery to submit the image to) contains details of the stricter requirements for those images.

Images may also be submitted to our Current Competition galleries, when a competition is open for entries.  Entries to previous competitions are retained for viewing in Previous Competition galleries.

There are two special galleries, which contain selected images from all submissions; these are the Premier Bird Images gallery and the Bird Identification gallery.  There are also three galleries for images that are not regular bird photos - the Creative Images gallery, the Landscape/Habitat/KBAs gallery,  and the Science & Conservation gallery.  The side-menu items here will provide more detail on these galleries.

Finally, the images used in previous Bird Identification Challenges are available in a set of Previous ID Challenge galleries.

Recent Picks

Brown Songlark (Image ID 43595)
Brown Songlark
David Newell
Viewed: 24
Gibberbird (Image ID 43594)
Gibberbird
David Newell
Viewed: 35
Eastern Grass Owl (Image ID 43566)
Eastern Grass Owl
Michael Todd
Viewed: 35
Crimson Chat (Image ID 43555)
Crimson Chat
Steve Mantle
Viewed: 44
Australasian Darter (Image ID 43544)
Australasian Darter
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 56
Nankeen Night-Heron (Image ID 43522)
Nankeen Night-Heron
Lucca Rodriguez Amorim
Viewed: 47
Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 43505)
Pacific Black Duck
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 67
Pacific Black Duck (Image ID 43502)
Pacific Black Duck
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 110
Australian White Ibis (Image ID 43501)
Australian White Ibis
Nathan Watson
Viewed: 71
Comb-crested Jacana (Image ID 43458)
Comb-crested Jacana
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 63

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