Share your photos and win

Community life - 3 October 2017

As part of National Bird Week (23 to 29 October), residents are being encouraged to show off their photographic skills by submitting their best bird photos to Kempsey Shire Council.

To be in with a chance to win a prize pack all you have to do is post your photo on Facebook or Instagram during the month of October with the hashtag #macleaybbc - tag Kempsey Shire Council and include what type of bird you think it is.

Council’s Coordinator of Strategic Planning and Natural Resources, Georgia Rayner, said residents might like to take photos of birds while taking part in National Bird Week’s major event - the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.  

“The Bird Count is a national tally which asks residents to find an outdoor space of choice and count all of the birds they see in a 20-minute timeframe,” she said.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, simply record the birds you know and look up those you don’t on the Aussie Bird Count app or on the Bird Count’s website and submit your count. 

“By downloading the app you’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted in your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia.”

Ms Rayner said Council is hoping residents will get involved as the information will provide a picture of how birds are faring locally.

“If we get a good show of participation from the local area we will be able to make the most of local data to contribute to planning Council’s biodiversity and natural resources projects,” she said.

To get involved in the count download the free Aussie Bird Count app either through Google Play or the iTunes store or for more information go to 

Scarlet HoneyeaterThis Scarlet Honeyeater was spotted in the bottlebrush trees in West Kempsey