What The HEC | Where the birds are

What is your favorite bird? You may think about that in the annual Bird Count when you are counting birds in your backyard. You may think about it when you vote in the annual Australian Bird of the Year. We are a nation of bird lovers.

When we drill down to the Adelaide Hills, there are more than 200 species of native birds that coexist with us.  Sadly, since European settlement, there has been a rapid decline in bird biodiversity with 69 species at risk of extinction. How do we turn this around? Part of the answer is making kids aware of the range, vibrancy and color of the bird world. One of our photographers has a one-year-old grandson living in London and she wanted to share an image of her Magpies with him. You can never start educating too early! Another photographer has always loved birds– all of nature, really – and she is  a wonderful advocate for wildlife, now and into the future.

Let me introduce you to Lily Gubbin ( photo credit: Feature Image) and Gaye Tulloch, local residents who answered Hills Environment Centre’s call for photos of our local birds. Here are the birds they saw,  captured and shared with us.

Photo Credits: Lily Gubbin

Photo Credit: Gaye Tulloch

Where the birds are

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