Wake up with the birds - cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

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At this time of year we would normally be preparing for Wake up with the Birds, a 1½ hour guided early morning walk, to see many of our amazing birds. Unfortunately this year we are unable to hold this popular event due to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, early visitors to the Gardens (the gates open at 8.30am) are invited to bring their own binoculars for an early walk with the birds. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café (book a table at www.pollencafe.com.au), or pick up a takeaway and continue wandering.

Spring is a great time to observe the feeding and nesting behaviour of our birds and their young, including our most common black birds - magpies, currawongs, ravens, choughs and magpie larks. You are also likely to see a variety of honeyeaters as well as cockatoos, parrots, and if you are lucky you may see the tawny frogmouths high up in the trees around the Eucalypt lawn. 

A useful pamphlet, Birds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, is available at the Visitor Centre for a gold coin donation in the Visitor Centre (which opens at 9.30am).