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New videos on BIBY TV

The latest videos for your enjoyment are of an Australian Raven and a Bar-shouldered Dove.

BIBY TV is an excellent resource with beautiful bird videos. So if you haven't already checked it out, visit the YouTube channel today!

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Huge water bird survey wraps up

After years of drought much of inland Australia is flushed with green growth after flooding rains in western Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

This has given our waterways a boost and that's good news for the birds.

Now one of the biggest environmental surveys in the world has just wrapped up for its 34th year—scientists from the University of New South Wales have flown over every major river system and wetland in eastern Australia to count waterbirds.

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Critically endangered honeyeater population discovered

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have found a new breeding population of the critically endangered regent honeyeater.

The regent honeyeater used to be one of the most abundant birds in south-eastern Australia but there are now fewer than 400 in the wild.

Lead researcher Dr Laura Rayner said it was exciting to find more than 20 previously unrecorded birds in the chronically under-surveyed New England Tablelands bioregion in New South Wales.

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Plumage evolution: Explaining the vivid colors of birds

Tropical birds are well known for their colorful appearance: vibrantly colored macaws, parakeets and parrots are widely considered to be the quintessential birds of this region. The popularity of these birds leads many to assume that tropical climates are home to a greater proportion of colorful birds than temperate climates. But do birds evolve to become more colorful when they move to the tropics? New research based on Australian birds provides insight into plumage evolution.

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Endangered Cape York alwal: Olkola struggle to rescue golden-shouldered parrots

Cape York's Olkola people partner with Bush Heritage Australia to protect their totem, the endangered alwal or golden-shouldered parrot.

Watch the video, or read the article, on the ABC News website.

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Powerful Owl Project Officer wanted (Sydney)

Birds in Backyards and the Threatened Bird Network are looking for a project officer to run our Powerful Owl project till July 2018. 

 

For details please see the attached position description.

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Catch the white-bellied sea eagles on EagleCAM at Sydney Olympic Park

THE story of a pair of white-bellied sea eagles at Sydney Olympic Park could make the script for a modern-day fairytale.

The story starts when the park’s resident male lost his partner at the end of February.

As a threatened species, there were fears he may not find another lifelong friend.

The sea eagle’s partner had been in the park since 2008, and the pair had raised an average of one young to fledging each year.

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Flying for their lives

"Every year, millions of shorebirds fly between Australasia and the Arctic. But for many, this will be their last flight."

ABC Radio presenter Ann Jones write of the plight of shorebirds in the East Asian - Australian flyway. Read this outstanding article at the ABC News website. Includes links to the audio of the 3-part special series, which has just been presented as part of the Off Track program.

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Arctic tern makes longest ever migration – equal to flying twice around the planet

A tiny bird from the Farne Islands off Northumberland has clocked up the longest migration ever recorded. The Arctic tern’s meandering journey to Antarctica and back saw it clock up 59,650 miles, more than twice the circumference of the planet.

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Australia's largest cockatoo threatened by bauxite mining

Proposed mines to produce aluminium are putting the habitat of vulnerable Cape York palm cockatoo at risk, sparking calls for stronger environmental laws.

Read more at The Guardian website.

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Flying for your life: The journey begins

Every year, millions of birds make a monumental journey between their breeding grounds in arctic tundra and their wintering grounds in Australasia.

Some birds migrate 11,000km straight over the seas without stopping, through the nights, days, storms and lulls – they are truly a wonder of the natural world.

But shorebird populations are plummeting, with seven of Australia's 37 Migratory waders on the Commonwealth's list of threatened species.

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Tracking Latham's snipe migration from Japan to southern Australia

At the length of a school ruler and weighing only 200 grams, flying 8,000 kilometres from Japan to Australia would be no easy feat.

Yet every summer thousands of Latham's snipe (Gallinago hardwickii) migrate from Hokkaido in northern Japan to south-eastern Australia.

The birds arrive in Australia between August and September and feed in shallow wetlands along the eastern seaboard before returning to Japan for their breeding season in March and April.

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The launching of the shearwaters in Coffs Harbour

Each night for the next three weeks, a crew of volunteers on the Mid North coast of NSW are braving all weather to save baby birds.

Around 15 Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) volunteers take turns to walk the coastline through the night, looking for fledgling wedge-tailed shearwaters that have lost their way.

Volunteer Claudia Nevell spends nights awake looking after the baby birds. She said the three-week period was tiring but rewarding.

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Australian swift parrot listed as critically endangered

The Australian Government has listed the iconic Tasmanian swift parrot as critically endangered, lifting its status from endangered, following research by The Australian National University (ANU).

Dr Dejan Stojanovic from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society is part of a team that published the 2015 research which found the swift parrot could be extinct in as little as 16 years.He welcomed the reclassification, which he said should provide greater protection for Tasmanian bird.

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The lab rat with feathers

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Tracking the nighttime travels of the cryptic powerful owl

How much space does a powerful owl need to live the good life in Melbourne's suburbs? Researchers trapping and tagging up to 10 of Australia's largest owl species are about to find out.

The notoriously shy bird of prey with its startled "what are you looking at?" eyes is traditionally a forest species, though they are known to live around the green wedges and parks of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. However, little is known about their nighttime travel habits in urban areas, making conservation work a challenge.

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Australia’s waterbirds are disappearing – but nuclear physics can help save them

The loss of wetlands has serious implications for wildlife. Many species are wetland-dependent throughout their lives while others, such as some species of waterbirds, rely on wetlands as places to breed.

Knowing which wetlands waterbirds use when they aren’t breeding will help us figure out which places we need to protect. So the Centre for Ecosystem Science, UNSW and the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation have developed a new technique to analyse Australian bird feathers using nuclear physics.

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