Issue 25, March 2015
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AUSTRALIAN HOBBY FOUND IN WYNDHAM by Kyla-Jayne Rajah Birding is for anyone; however, one thing was apparent at the Green Living Series session, Introduction to Bird Watching, - an unashamed passion for birds. All the participants were enthralled by observing, listening, identifying and being surprised by our feathered friends. Dave Torr, the president of Birdlife Werribee, says he became attracted to birding when his wife encouraged him to find a retirement hobby – “birdwatching is a more productive use of time than sitting at the pub,” he says, laughing, although now his lovebird wishes he’d spend more time in the nest.
It appears birding has that effect as it’s an intensely interesting preoccupation. From the offset there’s a vast array of species or families of birds to be watched and identified; some are endemic to Australia; others are migratory and arrive only for the summer. There are pelagic birds that are ‘found in deep waters - like Albatross and Shearwaters,’ and there are vagrants who just appear; some still fly under the radar and are yet to be identified. Locally, there are several good sites for birdwatching, continued page 3
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Community Newspaper Issue 25,March 2015