Birds & birding in the Blue Mountains & Capertee Valley, Australia
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"Links" title photo: Rainforest tree, Mt Wilson. Photo CP.







"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
–Emily Dickinson




"All things are connected like the blood which unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."
–Chief Seattle




"Bird by bird
I've come to know the earth."
–Pablo Neruda




"Silence
The rain ceases,
and a bird's clear song suddenly announces the difference between Heaven and Hell."
–Thomas Merton




"Birds seem to possess something that transcends happiness or sadness –
they simply are.
Birding gives me a little of that."
–Jonathan Rosen, from The Life of the Skies




"Only mortals don't go birdwatching."
–Macomas Taylor




"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn."
–Henry Thoreau




"I meant to do my work today –
But a brown bird sang in the appletree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me."
–Richard Le Gallienne,
The Lonely Dancer




Birding in Australia: selected links | Resources
Guides & tours | Bird photographers
Clubs & organisations | Environment & conservation
Useful links for visitors | Accommodation
Local community & other non-bird links

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Birding in Australia: selected links

Bird-O
All the latest bird news in Australia in one place.

Birding-Aus
A lively discussion forum for anyone interested in Australian wild birds, their habitat and conservation. Go to the Archive to access the vast amount of information in previous postings.

Birdwatching Australia
A directory of Australian birding information, with listings of clubs, local guides, tours, birders' accommodation and reference material.

Birdline NSW
Recent sightings of interest in NSW. Produced and sponsored by Eremaea Birds.

caperteebirder.com
Birdsongs and landscapes. Vicki Powys' website.

Bird Hyde
"It's not all about birdwatching." Lynda Hyde's blog.

Capertee Valley 10 July 2005
Capertee Valley 23 July 2005
Capertee Valley Aug-Oct 2005
Tun-Pin Ong's blogs about his trips to the Capertee Valley. Lots of photos and information.

Environment & Heritage – Biodiversity Surveys
Download the Vertebrate Fauna of Kanangra-Boyd, the Wollangambe and Upper Wolgan area, and more.

SOSSA
Southern Oceans Seabird Study Association Inc. Includes dates for pelagic boat trips from Wollongong and other ports.

Birding Western Australia
Frank O'Connor's site, a must if you're planning to visit the west.

Feathers and Photos
A friendly and informative forum where birders and bird photographers can share their love of Australian birds.

Fatbirder
Linking birders worldwide. The premier web resource about birds, birding & birdwatching for birders – hundreds of pages & tens of thousands of links about birding everywhere in the world.


Resources

Lloyd Nielsen's Birding Australia
Promoting the birds of Australia to the birders of the world. A complete directory of Australian birding, published in two editions, one designed for international visitors, the other for Australian birders.

Birdwatching Australia – Fieldguides, Books, Videos and other Products
A listing of recommended field guides and other useful books.

Andrew Isles Natural History Books


Other Australian birding guides & tour operators

Follow That Bird
Comfortable, high quality birdwatching tours including day trips from Sydney and longer tours throughout Australia.

Australia-Naturally Travel
Birdwatch Australia
Tailored small-group tours and tours for individuals arranged throughout Australia.

Inala Nature Tours
Birding and nature tours throughout Tasmania and Australia, with Dr Tonia Cochran. Birders' accommodation at 'Inala' on Bruny Island.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow is a birdwatching/natural history guide offering trips in Arnhemland and the Top End (Northern Territory).

Alan's Wildlife Tours
Nocturnal tours and bird guiding in the Cairns Highlands, north Queensland, with Alan Gillanders.

Cassowary House
Rainforest birding and nature lodge, far north Queensland, owned by Sue & Phil Gregory. The home of Sicklebill Safaris, bird tours to New Guinea, Australia and throughout the Pacific Region.

Fine Feather Tours
Tropical North Queensland bird safaris with Del Richards. Based in Mossman, tours visit the Daintree, Port Douglas, Mount Lewis and Mitchell River areas.

Kingfisher Park Birdwatchers Lodge
Accommodation and camping within a rainforest wildlife sanctuary at Julatten, North Queensland.

Gondwana Guides
Interpreting Australia's landscapes, flora and fauna. Based near Lamington National Park, Barry Davies specialises in showing you the birds of south-east Queensland and the northern NSW region with custom-designed or 1 to 4 day tours.

Southern Birding Services
Bird guiding services in South Australia and beyond, with Peter Waanders.

Find a birding guide for your next trip
Guided Birdwatching is the link between the travelling birder and birding guides all around the world.


Bird photographers

Here are five of the very best...
James Doyle Photography

David Stowe Photography

A Matter of Light – Ákos Lumnitzer

Wildlifing – Michael Todd's images and sounds

Of Emus and Fairywrens
Drew Fulton spent a year photographing Australia's endemic birds.


Clubs & organisations

Blue Mountains Bird Observers

Cumberland Bird Observers Club

Birding NSW

BirdLife Australia
Previously Birds Australia and BOCA, now amalgamated.

Australian Bird Study Association

NSW Bird Atlassers Inc


Environment & conservation

Blue Mountains Conservation Society

Weeds of Blue Mountains Bushland
Includes a listing of Bushcare and Landcare groups in the region.

ASGAP – Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants

Australian Plants Society

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change

Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority

BirdLife International – conserving the world's birds

Save the Albatross

Common Myna
This website describes the Common Indian Myna, Acridotheres tristis, explains why it is a problem, and what is being done to control it.

Australian Platypus Conservancy

The cicadas of central eastern Australia

Scribbly Gum
A site devoted to celebrating seasonal events in the natural world with a new story every month and an interactive forum.

Bee Green
"Blue & Green" Sustainability Directory of the Greater Blue Mountains and Central West Region. Providing more choices to our community to act locally and help make our future more sustainable.


Useful links for visitors (Blue Mountains area)

Not just for visitors!
Bloogle
Australia's Blue Mountains at your fingertips.

Current time in Sydney, NSW
Find out the current local time in the Sydney area, sunrise and sunset times, etc.

Blue Mountains Tourism

Tourism New South Wales

NSW Rural Fire Service – Blue Mountains District
Check fire restrictions, bushfire danger and fire updates.

NPWS – Fires, floods and park closures
NSW National Parks latest updates.

City Rail
Look up train timetables.

Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
The cool climate annex of the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, at beautiful Mount Tomah on the Bell's Line of Road. It's a good birding spot too.

Mount Wilson
Mount Wilson is a wonderful and special cool climate village in the Blue Mountains. A comprehensive website including information on Mount Wilson history, climate, accommodation, transport, things to do, contacts, and lots more.

The Conservation Hut
Cafe/restaurant in the national park at Valley of the Waters, Wentworth Falls.

Weather

Central Tablelands weather forecast from Elders

Blue Mountains Council's local weather site

Blackheath Weather

Climate averages for Katoomba

Climate averages for Glen Davis

Accommodation

Blue Mountains

3 Sisters Motel
Motel and self-contained cottage near Echo Point Katoomba.

Cloudlands
Elegant and spacious clifftop retreat at Katoomba.

Lilianfels Blue Mountains
5-star resort and spa at Echo Point Katoomba.

Blue Mountains YHA
Budget accommodation in the heart of Katoomba.

Bunjaree Cottages
Charming, eco-friendly cottages in a perfect Blue Mountains bush setting.

Jemby-Rinjah Eco Lodge
A unique Australian ecotourism escape near Blackheath.

Kanimbla View Clifftop Retreat
Stunning eco-retreat on a 12-acre wildlife refuge near Blackheath.

Capertee Valley

Oskas Cottage
Self-contained studio accommodation at Glen Davis.

Lansallos Bed & Breakfast
Accommodation in a spacious, contemporary home.

Glen Alice Farm
Self-contained cottage and homestead B&B accommodation.

Annabilla Farmstay
Self-contained 4 bedroom cottage.

For more information on Capertee Valley accommodation CLICK HERE.


Local community

Blue Mountains Food Co-Op

Blue Mountains City Library

Blue Mountains Gazette

Blue Mountains Artists' Network

Mount Vic Flicks

Friends' sites

Nothing to do with birds (well, mostly...)
Hats Direct
The mail order service for The Hattery – Australia's leading hat shop, based in Katoomba.

Hollis Taylor
Check out the Pied Butcherbird project.

The Jon Rose Web
The most radical violin and creative music website in the Universe.

Katoomba Amusements Company
The rebirth of a legendary theatre troupe.


Last but not least, three Festivals...

...the non-birding highlights of the year.
Blue Mountains Music Festival
Folk, roots and blues. Held in Katoomba on the third weekend in March.

Winter Magic Festival
Katoomba's celebration of the winter solstice every June.

Lithgow Ironfest
Last weekend in April.



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