Contributed by Richard Hall, Sarge, nouveau1 and others
Knowing where to find birds, identifying them and understanding bird behaviour all
play a big part in successful bird photography. With that in mind, I've created this article
dedicated to resources and references to assist the birder and bird photographer.
If you know of any resources or reference materials (websites, electronic materials, books etc)
that you think might be useful, please feel free to share it with everyone in this article.
Just to get the ball rolling, I'll post a few links that you may find useful.
BirdData is the portal for entering data into Birds Australia's, Atlas of Australian Birds. It's also a very handy reference as it can be used to create lists and maps of sightings and locations of birds for specific areas. It's also fun to become a volunteer Atlasser and submit your own sightings to be used as part of the Atlas.
The Atlas of Australian Birds seeks to document the distribution and relative abundance of Australia's birds across the continent. It is one of Birds Australia's most important projects and is one of the few long-term, broad scale biodiversity monitoring programs available for Australia. The Atlas relies on an army of volunteer birdwatchers that we call Atlassers.
The Shorebirds 2020 Learning Resource
page has some fantastic resources for Shorebirds and Waders. There's flash-based (and PowerPoint) presentations on how to count large flocks of birds as well as presentations on how to ID Shorebirds. Don't miss the excellent (high resolution) Shorebird Identification Sheets, I've found them enormously useful.
BBC Wildlife Magazine - Photography Masterclass
The BBC Wildlife Magazine has a series of 'Photography Masterclass' articles with free, downloadable PDF documents for each article. Topics such as Birds in Flight, Bird Portraits along with other articles on wildlife photography such as plants, underwater and Reptiles. Worth a download and read as you may pick up some good tips from them.
If your stuck on ID'ing a bird birds in backyards finder
is a good website and you'll most probably find the bird your after.
[nouveau1] Most of the ones I have used are already here above - unsurprising since I got most of them from Rich - BUT there is one that is a good start if you're looking for overseas species. It's called "the Birds of France", but is actually an enormous species list covering the entire globe. At the top one can click on the English flag, so it can be used by English speakers. Has links to photos, conservation status etc
We are a national organisation working for the conservation and protection of Australia's native birds and their habitats.
Birds Australia is home to some excellent resources on birding and a worthwhile organisation to join. Take the time to explore the website and you'll uncover some excellent material.
When naming (and discussing) your bird photos it's best to refer to the most up-to-date checklist. Birds Australia's adopted checklist is The Christidis and Boles (2008) Checklist
. Adhering to the checklist means everyone speaks the same 'language' and works to the same standard, thus eliminating confusion. Direct link HERE
If you're in Adelaide or SA or planning a visit and want to do some birding, the Birds SA website
is pretty handy. There's a nice list of birding sites close to Adelaide
with lists of species for each location. It also describes each location briefly with a description of the site's habitat and vegetation association.
are both very good sites for those birders in W.A. The first is Frank O'Connors site which has great information on places and possible birds to be found there. The second has lots of lists. Frank O'Connors site is, even though a little old, particularly good.
Not sure what this
one is like but it's been sitting in my favouite bar for awhile. Looks like bird lists for those in Queensland.
Hopefully, these few to start with will provide useful to you in some way or other. Happy Birding!