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The dos and don’ts of birdwatching as backyard count gets underway

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With spring in full bloom the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back on this week, and Deborah Knight’s listeners have heard the best tips and tricks to participate. 

Wild Life Sydney zookeeper Shania Kelly advised budding birdwatchers the most important skill to master is keeping quiet.

“The best thing to do is keep your pets inside, your cats and your dogs.

“Chuck them inside, go outside, sit down there for a little while and then start your count: maybe after half an hour, give the birds a chance to settle.

“If you do it in the morning and the afternoon when it’s a bit cooler too, you will see more birds, as they do tend to forage early.”

Identifying birds can be tricky, but Ms Kelly suggested buying a local bird guide, taking photos and even asking Wild Life Sydney staff for help.

“We’d be happy to identify them for you guys as well.”

Press PLAY below to hear her birdwatching tips in full

Image: Getty

Deborah Knight
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