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Cameras out for lakeside launch of new Wimmera bird guide

Oct 23, 2017
 
WCMA GGWWB web image 360x263The new guide.
 
JohnTiddyBirdPhotographer-StawellCameraClub-WetlandGuideLaunch-Oct2017-360263 Well-known photographer John Tiddy
zooms in on Cato Lake in Stawell
during the launch of The
Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Wetland Birds.
Numerous photos by John appear in
the new guide.
 
Stawell Camera ClubStawell Camera Club
members at the book launch,
from left, Carol Jones,
Yvonne Krauth, Lyn MacKenzie,
John Tiddy (front), Ross Hatton,
Trudy Russell, Gavan Krauth
and Karl Meyer .

The cameras were out when Wimmera CMA and Stawell Camera Club launched the revised edition of The Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Wetland Birds at Stawell’s Cato Lake as part of National Bird Week.

The launch coincides with Birdlife Australia's #AussieBirdCount which calls on all Australians to become volunteer counters and contribute to a national database of Australian birds. Last year over 61,000 people participated in the #AussieBirdCount and counted over 1.4 million birds.

Well-known Wimmera bird researcher Jonathan Starks helped update the Wimmera guide, which was first published in 2004. Jonathan said when the guide was first printed the region was in the grips of drought and many wetlands were dry.

“When the Millennium Drought broke in 2010 we saw a lot of wetland birds return that hadn’t been seen in the Wimmera for many years. We also have environmental water for wetlands and through monitoring we are seeing many different wetland birds return plus new ones.”

Jonathan said at Dock Lake for example, he saw Whiskered Terms breeding in the Wimmera for the first time.

Wimmera CMA waterways officer Greg Fletcher said they had replaced many of the stock images from the first guide with Stawell Camera Club images. The birds in the new guide are also in the order of a Birds Australia report on which the original guide was based.

“It is fantastic to have the opportunity to update and improve this guide. It also contains interesting notes about each wetland bird. Having local photos taken by local people makes the revised guide even more special.” 

Get a free copy of the guide

Greg said Wimmera CMA was also kicking off a social media campaign as part of the launch so people could get a free copy of the guide.

“All they have to do is head outdoors and take photos of wetland birds and share them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtage #wimmerawaterways or #wimmerawaterbirds,” Greg said.

“We’ll then post them a free copy of the guide.”

He said people also had the opportunity to submit photos of wetland birds for future editions.

“We loved being able to select images from Stawell Camera Club for this edition, and are always interested in seeing Wimmera wetland birds in their natural habitat. It’s also a good complement to our own monitoring activities if someone sees a wetland bird in an area we haven’t seen them before.” 

  • In 2014 23,239 people participated in the national bird count. This number grew to 42,298 in 2015 then 61,418 last year. You can register for the Birdlife Australia #AussieBirdCount at www.aussiebirdcount.org.au