Birding Victoria - Links


WEBSITES

http://www.eremaea.com

This is a link to Eremaea Birdlines which is a site for the reporting of rare or unusual birds outside their normal range, unusually high or low numbers, early or late arrivals or departures for migrant species and interesting behaviour or unusual habitat usage.
Click on the link for Birdline Victoria to reach the Victorian page, which is updated daily and is the go to site for twitchers in Victoria.
 


http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/  
This is the Parks Victoria homepage and provides a huge amount of information on public land in Victoria. When visiting any park or reserve it is well worth checking here first, especially as fires, floods, days of total fire ban and road conditions may affect your visit. 
The link http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks-by-name  takes you to the long list of parks and reserves in the state. Clicking on one takes you to the park page. Most of the larger reserves and national parks have excellent print friendly maps and park notes, but they are not obvious to find on the website. Once on a park’s page, scroll down to Related Publications and look for the Park Notes as a downloadable pdf


 

http://ebird.org/content/australia/ 
Eremaea eBird is a new website which links Eremaea birds and eBird.
Eremaea birds was a citizen science project developed in Melbourne for the sharing of bird lists. It recently joined forces, and data, with eBird. This webpage is the Australian portal for eBird and offers links to Birdlines ( rare bird alerts) all around Australia, recent news on the ornithological front, as well as easy access to bird lists entered for sites within Australia.
As the Eremaea birds site was developed in Melbourne, the data entered for this state is vast and very useful for researching a visit.  

The link http://ebird.org/ebird/australia/subnational1/AU-VIC/activity?yr=all&m=
takes you directly to the most recent lists entered for Victoria by ebird users, useful if you want to see what you may currently find at a particular site.
 

http://birdlife.org.au/

The home page of Birdlife Australia, which is the peak body for all things birds and conservation downunder. BirdLife Australia was created in 2012 from the merger of Birds Australia and Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA). BirdLife Australia is dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for our native birds and their habitats and began in 1901 well over 100 years ago. 

http://birdlife.org.au/projects/atlas-and-birdata 
Birdlife Australia has an atlas project to which anyone can contribute bird lists. This link takes you to the page where you can subscribe to become an atlasser. Whether you are just visiting or a resident of Australia, all contributions will add to the vast amount of data already downloaded.
 Up to 2014 a dedicated band of over 7000 atlassers have amassed over 420,000 surveys, comprising over 7.1 million bird records.
Once you have registered, you log in at
http://birdata.com.au/homecontent.do  to upload your bird lists which will help conservation activities within Australia. You will also find free bird lists to download for regions plus species maps.


http://www.birdlife.org.au/who-we-are/branches-and-locations/victoria
This link from the Birdlife Australia website takes you directly to the list of Birdlife’s regional groups in Victoria. Each regional group is run by volunteers, and clicking on a groups link will take you to further information about birds and birding in that particular area. This includes details of meetings and outings that are open to all, contact details of locals as well as in some cases downloadable brochures on birding sites in the region, all put together by the local birdos. A valuable resource indeed.   


www.birding-aus.org

Birding-Aus is probably the most popular web forum for discussions around birds and birding in Australia.  The home page gives you some background, a link to the latest posts, and how to subscribe. If you don’t want to receive every email, there is a very useful archive with a well-functioning search engine which will quickly tell you where to find a Carpentarian Grasswren, how to get a key to a sewage farm in the middle of nowhere, and the focal length of the latest Canon lens, plus everything in between. Find the archive at
http://bioacoustics.cse.unsw.edu.au/birding-aus/


www.ausbird.com/vic.html

One of the most comprehensive directories of Australian birding

FACEBOOK - there are numerous facebook pages dedicated to birds.

facebook.com/groups/birdlinevictoria complements the Birdline Victoria page for reporting rare birds.

facebook.com/groups/631709646869379 is the Victorian Birders facebook page dealing with all things birding in Victoria

facebook.com/FiretailBirdwatchingTours/?ref=bookmarks complements this website

BOOKS

Specialist suppliers for nature books include
CSIRO Publishing 
www.publish.csiro.au 
Andrew Isles  www.andrewisles.com


Useful bird finding guides include


Where to See Birds in Victoria
ISBN: 9781741757361
Edited by Tim Dolby, Penny Johns and Sally Symonds



The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia
Second Edition
Richard Thomas, Sarah Thomas, David Andrew
ISBN: 9780643097858
 


Finding Australian Birds
A Field Guide to Birding Locations
Tim Dolby Rohan Clarke
Forthcoming May 2014

ISBN: 9780643097667

 
Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country
Chris Tzaros  Birds Australia
ISBN: 9780643069671  

 

The most used field guides are as follows

The Australian Field Guide CSIRO Publishing ISBN 978 0 643 09754 4

Authors Menkhorst, Rogers, Clarke, Davies, Marsack and Franklin

The newest and best field guide available for birding in Australia. Not pocket sized, but contains the most up to date and detailed info on all recorded Oz species including subspecies. A must have guide.

The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Ninth Edition
Graham Pizzey  Frank Kinght
ISBN: 9780732291938

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
Second Edition
Peter Slater Pat Slater Raoul Slater
ISBN: 9781877069635

Field Guide to Australian Birds
Revised Edition
Michael Morcombe
ISBN:9781740214179

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Eighth Edition
Nicholas Day Ken Simpson
ISBN: 9780670072316


Two Birding APPS are now available for mobile devices, both of which include a comprehensive collection of bird calls

The first to arrive on the market was
Morcombe’s Birds of Australia  mydigitalearth.com  and is available for iphone and android

More recently a second field guide has been offered as an app


Pizzey and Knight Birds of Australia Digital Edition Gibbon Multimedia Aus Pty Ltd which is also now available for iphone and android.