Alphabet Bird Project - part of the Geelong Nature Forum

Alphabet bird project
 
About the Alphabet Bird Project

The Alphabet Bird Project, is an environmental art initiative, for year four students from across Geelong, to create art works that feature 26 waterway and wetland birds threatened in the Geelong Region.

A selection of these artworks will be displayed during the Geelong Nature Forum from 28 March to 3 April 2020 at the National Wool Museum (NWM) Geelong.

This initiative aims to engage school students and their families in understanding the nature and biodiversity of our waterways and wetland areas and in particular to draw attention to the needs of threatened bird species. It is a joint project supported by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the City of Greater Geelong.

Alphabet Bird Project

Examples of art work from the Alphabet Bird Project helping to raise awareness of threatened wetland bird species living in the City of Greater Geelong.

 

Geelong Nature Forum

The Alphabet Bird Project, is part of the Geelong Nature Forum, an exciting event showcasing Geelong’s natural wonders to the community through a series of nature based activities, presentations and displays. In 2020, the theme of the Forum will be “Where the Rivers Run” with a focus on the animal and plant life of the Geelong region's rivers, creeks and wetlands. The Forum is particularly keen to engage with young people. 

More about the Geelong Nature Forum.

An A-Z of threatened wetland species found in the City of Greater Geelong. 

26 species of birds occurring in wetland & riverine environments in the City of Greater Geelong. Their threatened status is identified under;

Victorian conservation status

 
EX Extinct when the last known individual of the species has died.
RX Regionally Extinct when the last known individual of the species has died in a defined region (e.g. Victoria).
EW Extinct in the Wild when a species is no longer is found in the wild and only known to survive in captivity.
CR Critically Endangered

a species facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

EN Endangered

a species facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

VU Vulnerable a species facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
NT Near Threatened a species likely to qualify for a threatened category into the near future.
DD Data Deficient more information required with a possibility that future research will show that threatened classification is appropriate.


 

 

 

 

Australasian Bittern

Botaurus poiciloptilus

Australasian Bittern

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act, Endangered under EPBC Act. Image courtesy of Richard Hall.

You may not see me, but you can hear my distinctive booming call.

Found in the Begola Wetland. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

 

Australian Little Bittern

Ixobrychus minutus

Australian Little Bittern Image:Jen Carr

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

I am one of the smallest herons in the world.

Found at the Blue Waters Lake. View on e-Bird.

 

Australian Painted Snipe

Rostratula australis

Australian Painted Snipe Image: Trevor Pescott

Critically Endangered - Listed under FFG Act, Endangered under EPBC Act.  Image courtesy of Trevor Pescott.

I lay 3-4 cream coloured eggs with black streaks.

Known to have been found at Cherry Swamp near Little River and Hospital Swamp. View on e-Bird.

 

Australasian Shoveler

Anas (Spatula) rhynchotis

Australasian Shoveller Image: Graham Possingham

Vulnerable. Image courtesy of Graham Possingham.

I filter food from the water, using small grooves, on my shovel tipped bill.

Found at McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Blue Waters Lake, Begola Wetland and Bonnyvale Road Wetland.  View on e-Bird.

 

Azure Kingfisher

Ceyx azureus (Alcedo azurea)

Azure Kingfisher

Near Threatened.  Image courtesy of Tony Wilson.

My feet are red with only two forward toes.

An uncommon species which may be found near the You Yangs, Barwon River and Warn Ponds Valley Park. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Baillon's Crake

Zapornia pusilla  (Porzana pusilla)

Baillon's Crake Image: Jen Carr

Vulnerable - Listed under FFG Act.  Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

When I run, I have a peculiar crouching posture.

Found at Begola Wetland and Blue Waters Lake. View on e-Bird

 

Blue-billed Duck

Oxyura australis

blue-billed duck Peter Menkhorst

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act.   Image courtesy of Peter Menkhorst.

I dive deep underwater to filter food from soft mud.

Found at McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Lake Victoria and Begola Wetland.  View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Brolga

Antigone rubicunda (Grus rubicunda)

brolga

Vulnerable - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Bob McPherson.

I dance gracefully at mating season.

Found at Sparrovale, Hospital Swamp and Reedy Lake. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Eastern Great Egret

Ardea alba  (Ardea modesta)

Eastern Great Egret

Vulnerable - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Ron Clissold.

My yellow bill turns black during the breeding season.

Found at Lake Connewarre, Reedy Lake, northern shore Corio Bay, Hospital Swamp and Lake Victoria.  View on e-Bird

 

Freckled Duck

Stictonetta naevosa

Freckled Duck Image:Graham Possingham

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Graham Possingham.

My dark grey to black plumage is covered with small white flecks.

Found at McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Bonnyvale Road Wetland, Begola Wetland and Blue Waters Lake. View on e-Bird

 

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Glossy Ibis Image: Jen Carr

Near Threatened. Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

My feathers can look glossy green – purple depending on the light.

Found at Reedy Lake, Hospital Swamp, Charlemont , Sparrovale and Western Treatment wetlands. View on e-Bird

 

Gull-billed Tern

Gelochelidon nilotica (Sterna nilotica)

Gull-billed Tern Image: Trevor Pescott

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act.  Image courtesy of Trevor Pescott.

I rarely flock with other terns preferring to be single or in pairs.

Found at Lake Connewarre, Avalon Beach and Moolap Saltworks. View on e-Bird

 

Hardhead

Aythya australis

Hardhead Image: Tracey Hinton

Vulnerable.  Image courtesy of Tracey Hinton.

I am also known as White-eyed duck.

Mostly found at the Western Treatment Plant wetlands but also Point Henry, Bonnyvale Road Wetland,
McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Begola Wetland and Blue Waters Lake. View on e-Bird

 

Intermediate Egret

Ardea intermedia

Intermediate Egret Image:Ron Clissold

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Ron Clissold.

I may nest on platforms of sticks in trees with other herons.

Found at  Serendip Sanctuary, Lake Lorne, Hospital Swamp, Lake Victoria and Begola Wetland. Image courtesy of Ron Clissold.  View on e-Bird

 

Latham's Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii

Latham's Snpe

Near Threatened.  Image courtesy of Ron Clissold.

I migrate from northern Japan to Geelong after breeding each year.

Found at Jerringot, McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Reedy Lake, Bonnyvale Road Wetland, Indented Head Woodland; Begola Wetland, Blue Waters Lake and Lara Wetlands. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Lewin's Rail

Lewinia pectoralis  (Rallus pectoralis)

Lewin's Rail

Vulnerable - Listed under FFG Act. Image courtesy of Nature Glenelg Trust. 

I create saucer shaped nests in dense vegetation with tunnels for fast escapes.

Found at Lake Connewarre, The Spit, Avalon saltworks, Breamlea, Hospital Swamp, Swan Lake,Edwards Point, Swan Bay and Belmont Common. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Little Egret

Egretta garzetta nigripes

Little Egret

Endangered - Listed under FFG Act.  Image courtesy of GFNC.

Unlike my cousins I have black legs but yellow feet.

Found at The Spit Nature Conservation Reserve, Limburners Bay, Lake Victoria, Avalon Saltworks, Moolap Saltworks, Bonnyvale Road Wetland, McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Begola Wetland; Blue Waters Lake and Western Treatment wetlands. View on e-Bird

 

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

Magpie Goose Image: Jen Carr

Near Threatened - Listed under FFG Act.  Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

My yellow feet are only partially webbed.

Non-permanent population found at certain times on Reedy Lake, Belmont Common, Hospital Swamp, Moolap Salt Works, Point Impossible and Serendip Sanctuary. View on e-Bird

 

Musk Duck

Biziura lobata

Musk Duck Image: Trevor Pescott

Vulnerable. Found at Lake Lorne and Blue Waters Lake. Image courtesy of Trevor Pescott.

I dive and search underwater for my food.

Mostly found at the Western Treatment wetlands but also Lake Lorne, Blue Waters
Lake, Swan Bay and Lake Victoria.  View on e-Bird

 

Nankeen Night Heron

Nycticorax caledonicus

Nankeen Night Heron Image: David Tytherleigh

Near Threatened. Image courtesy of David Tytherleigh.

I come out at night to feed. I am also known as the Rufous Night Heron.

Found at Barwon River through Geelong, Bonnyvale Road Wetland, McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne; Begola Wetland and Blue Waters Lake. View on e-Bird

 

Orange-bellied Parrot

Neophema chrysogaster

Orange-bellied Parrot 600 400 px Image: Bob McPherson

Critically Endangered - Listed under FFG, Act,  Image courtesy of Bob McPherson.

I migrate from Tasmania to Victoria after breeding.

Found at coastal saltmarsh from Breamlea to Avalon. View on e-Bird; View on SWIFFT

 

Pied Cormorant

Phalacrocorax varius

Pied Cormorant Image: Trevor Pescott

Near Threatened. Image courtesy of Trevor Pescott.

I use my large, webbed feet to propel myself through the water after fish.

Found at Bonnyvale Road Wetland, McLeods Waterhole, Lake Lorne, Blue Waters Lake, Edwards Point and Shell Foreshore.  View on e-Bird

 

Royal Spoonbill

Platalea regia

Royal Spoonbill Image: Scott Roberts - Echidna Walkabout

Near Threatened.  Image courtesy of Scott Roberts - Echidna Walkabout.

In breeding season I develop a lush white crest on my head with red and yellow patches on my face.

Found at Swan Bay, Reedy Lake, Lake Connewarre, Begola Wetlands, Serendip Sanctuary, Moolap Saltworks, Jerringot, Balyang Sancutary, Lara Lakelands Wetlands, Point Henry and Breamlea,

View on e-Bird

 

Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida (Chlidonias hybridus)

Whiskered Tern Image: Jen Carr

Near Threatened. Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

I was once known as ‘Marsh Terns’

Found at Western Treatment wetlands, Freshwater Lake (near Point Lonsdale), Old breakwater on Barwon River, Reedy Lake, Sparrovale and Kirk Point. View on e-Bird

 

White-bellied Sea-Eagle

Haliaeetus leucogaster

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Image: Bob McPherson

Vulnerable - Listed under FFG Act.  Image courtesy of Bob McPherson.

I am a skilled hunter, and will attack prey up to the size of a swan.

May be found at Swan Bay, Moolap Wildlife Sanctuary and north side of Corio Bay between Beacon Point and Western Treatment wetlands. View on e-Bird

 

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa glareola

Wood Sandpiper Image: Jen Carr

Vulnerable.  Image courtesy of Jen Carr.

When startled I  zig-zag through the fallen timber in my fresh water wetlands home.

Found at  Reedy Lake, Hospital Swamp and Western Treatment wetlands. View on e-Bird

 

 

wetlands City of Greater Geelong

Wetlands in the City of Greater Geelong on Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity – interactive map.

 

Species records sourced from the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, (VBA), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, January 2020.

 

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This page has been prepared with the assistance of Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the City of Greater Geelong.

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