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Birding Tips

Little Pied Cormorant by Neil Humphris [

Little Pied Cormorant by Neil Humphris. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Grey Fantail by Melissa Humphris [Used w

Grey Fantail by Melissa Marie. Used with permission.

Australian Wood Duck by Neil Humphris [C

Australian Wood Duck by Neil Humphris. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

King Parrot.(c)Neil Humphris.JPG

King Parrot by Neil Humphris. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Superb Fairywren by Greg Nye [CC BY-NC-S

Superb Fairy-wren by Greg Nye. CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

  • Birds are almost always calling, so listen for them whenever you go outdoors.

  • When you hear a bird, stop, look and listen to pinpoint its location.

  • Look up, down and straight ahead.

  • When you’ve spotted a bird, walk slowly and quietly so you do not scare it away.

  • If you have binoculars, find the bird by keeping your eyes on it as you bring the binoculars to your eyes.

  • Ask yourself:

  • What size is it?
    It could be similar in size to a Brush Turkey, Magpie or Willy Wagtail.

  • What are the main colours you see?
    They might be on the upperparts (head, back and wings) or underparts
    (between throat and undertail).

  • Are there noticeable markings?
    There could be spots, barring or vertical stripes.

  • What shape is the beak?
    It could be long, short, curved, straight or hooked.

  • What is it doing?
    It might be flying, resting, feeding, preening or calling.

  • What does its call or song sound like?
    It could sound like words, a tune, a musical instrument or a machine.

  • How is it moving?
    It might be walking or hopping or if flying, it might be gliding, flapping, flitting or swooping.

  • What feature is easiest to remember?
    It might be the calls or colours or behaviour.


  • If other people are watching the bird with you, make sure you don’t block their view.


Have fun and enjoy learning about birds!

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