Wake Up with the Birds

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Spotted Pardalote by Lindell Emerton
Spotted Pardalote by Lindell Emerton

The wattles are beginning to flower in Canberra's Nature Parks - a sure sign that spring is around the corner.

The ANBG provides a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance. Quite a few birds have already been sighted collecting nesting materials and it is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning when the birds are active.

Join us for Wake up with the Birds, a 1½ hour guided early morning walk, to see many of our amazing birds. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café (book at www.pollencafe.com.au).

Spring is a great time to observe the feeding and nesting behaviour of our birds and their young. We will show you how to identify our most common black birds - magpies, currawongs, ravens, choughs and magpie larks. We'll introduce you to some cockatoos, parrots and honeyeaters, and show you how to distinguish all those small brown birds, as well as the habitat where they are most commonly encountered in the Gardens. We are hoping for a return visit of the Scarlet Honeyeaters, rare visitors in Canberra.

Wake Up With the Birds is on at 7.45am each Saturday and Sunday from 28 September to 20 October.

Cost: $12 for Friends of the ANBG, and $15 for others. (Not suitable for children under 8 years old). Wear comfortable footwear and warm clothes. Some binoculars will be provided, but bring your own if you have them.

Bookings are essential: online - choose your date

  Saturday 28 September or Sunday 29 September

  Saturday 5 October or Sunday 6 October

  Saturday 12 October or Sunday 13 October

  Saturday 19 October or Sunday 20 October

or see all Friends event bookings at http://profile.eventarc.com/profile/FriendsANBG

For more information or assistance email birds@friendsanbg.org.au