Birdlife Australia is free to join and provides an excellent avenue to become involved in documenting brid life in your own environment, as well as meeting with and learning from fellow birders.
Birdlife Australia provides useful information in creating bird attracting habitat in your own backyard, as well as being an organisation worthy of support and lifelong participation.
I began birdwatching with my dad as a small child. It is something I still enjoy where ever I go.
My own backyard is officially zoned within "critical endangered bird habitat", despite it being in the suburbs of Ballarat and hosts a range of native birds, from crimson and eastern rosellas and magpies, to wattle birds, honey eaters, crested pigeons, mud larks and silver eyes on a regular basis. I have also sighted blue wrens, native quail, willy wagtails and last year a rare gouldian finch visited my birdbath.
I also see squadrons of ibis and swans making their way between Lake Wendouree and Learmonth every morning and evening.
Non indigenous visitors include Japanese doves, house sparrows and starlings.
Our farm, at Chepstowe, was part of the Lake Goldsmith brolga habitat and I had the privilege of watching their mating rituals on more than one occasion. Another rare bird to visit there was a bustard.
Anyone living in Ballarat also has easy access to Lake Wendouree, that serves as a sanctuary to many native waterbirds, as well as tiny fantails, silvereyes and a range of indigenous finches. There are even a couple of night herons, you may be lucky to spot at dawn or dusk!
Occassionally, goshawks can be seen overhead, both at my home and at Lake Wendouree!
I keep both binoculars to get a better view of birds from a distance and a camera handy to record bird species I observe.
Keeping accurate records of bird species that visit your backyard and local environment helps Birdlife Australia monitor the numbers of our native bird species and can help preserve all our wonderful bird species, including endangered ones!