In Australia we're fortunate to have approximately 865 species of birds - give or take a few sub-species, vagrants - to enjoy, study and admire around our island. The State of Victoria is the smallest of Australia's mainland states, but its diversity of habitats allows us to have about 520 bird species throughout the state. That's roughly 60% of the country's bird species right here in little Victoria. And a surprising amount of those bird species can be found within Greater Melbourne.
The Melbourne Photographers group enjoys getting out around Melbourne to photograph and discover the city's diverse bird life and any other nature we come across. We welcome people who are newly interested in birds just as much as experienced 'birders'. The aim is to get out to varied locations where you will have exposure to a good range of birds in the company of friendly, like-minded people. You're just as welcome with a point and shoot as you are with a high-end camera attached to a telephoto zoom lens. Some people don't even have a camera and use the outings to get advice on a camera to buy and simply enjoy a day out in nature. What you take from the day is entirely up to you and we take our events at a casual, leisurely pace.
Where possible Melbourne Bird Photographers try to run outings that are accessible by public transport. Aside from it being friendly to the environment it ensures that as many people as possible are able to attend our days out. Greater Melbourne continues to grow in every direction and a trip from Pakenham to Werribee, for example, may be a bit of a stretch for a day out, particularly if you are riding a train or bus. Every effort is made to find places of interest and bird's worth investigating around every direction of the city. But hopefully you will be tempted to explore a part of Melbourne that you're not familiar with and experience some birds you don't see at your local park or wetland.
So, whether you're a seasoned birder, newly discovered the joyous challenge of photographing birds or interested in finding out more about our feathered friends among new friends please join us for a day out in one of Melbourne's many birding hotspots.
The Melbourne Bird Photographers Meetup group is proudly endorsed and supported by Birdlife Australia's Birds in Backyards project.