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The March 2016 edition of Birdlife Australia magazine book review.


 
News Flash!
Local Children's Book Launch!
Botanic Gardens Mackay
Friday 25 September - 4:00pm

attendees RSVP to Daryl Barnes
phone: 07 4959 3382
email: dbarnes02@dodo.com.au

also contact Daryl for Sales & Information

Recently published - Crazy Bird Stories!
Written by Walkerston's very own Children's Book Author - Daryl Barnes
A beautiful book featuring Australian birds and animals
For more information and/or to order - please phone Daryl : 4959 3382 






 A few pages from the 32 page book - just to whet the appetite...











 
 







 











Peter McCallum, Mackay Conservation Group | 19th Nov 2015 2:00 PM
OPINION: Tiny honeyeater is unique to region





FOR the past few years a group of volunteers from Birdlife Mackay and Mackay Conservation Group have been spending many hours in the  Eungella Honeyeater is a small, elusive bird and only found in the woodlands and rainforest west of Mackay.
It was only in the early 1980s that ornithologists realised that the Eungella Honeyeater was a separate species.
Animals with very restricted ranges are vulnerable if conditions change suddenly due to natural or human actions. The Eungella Honeyeater has the smallest range of any bird in Australia.
At first scientists estimated that there were 2500 Eungella Honeyeaters in the forests west of Mackay but further surveys have raised concerns that the number has declined.
Eungella Honeyeaters were once commonly sighted in places such as Finch Hatton Gorge but these days its population appears to be decreasing.
Nobody is sure why that is. It could be that at the time the bird was first counted there was an abundance of flowers and the population was high compared with today.
Another theory is that logging is reducing the number of trees that the birds can feed on.
Volunteers, led by Daryl Barnes from Birdlife Mackay, have been out in the field week after week counting the number of birds in that visit a number of research sites.

If the weather predictions are correct, this summer could be particularly dry and hot due to an El Nino event. Hot dry conditions encourage trees to produce more flowers which could see the number of Eungella Honeyeaters return to the peak of the early 1980s.
If there is plenty of food available and numbers are continuing to decline then it may be that logging needs to be reassessed.

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Lucy Smith | 25th Sep 2015 5:00 AM

Book looks at 'Crazy' Birdlife

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MACKAY (Walkerston) resident Daryl Barnes could easily have let Parkinson's disease get the better of him when it ended his full-time working life 12 months ago.
Instead, he's used the time off to create environmental awareness, promote local wildlife and engage youth in his favourite hobby - bird-watching.
Mr Barnes will today officially launch his first children's picture book, titled Crazy Bird Stories, which shares the stories of 12 "strange birds behaving in strange ways".
All of the species mentioned, including lorikeets, crows, honeyeaters, crakes, can be found in the Mackay region.
Mr Barnes has also created a presentation about Mackay birdlife that he will take to schools around the region, including Eungella State School, Walkerston State School and Slade Point State School.
"It's basically to get children to think about birds a little bit more, to realise they're part of our environment and they're a good indicator of how healthy the environment is," he said.
Mr Barnes hopes younger people will take an interest in a lifelong hobby of bird-watching.
"If they're interested in birds early, even if they lose interest in their teen years, it'll still be in the back of their mind," he said.
"It's sowing the seed for the future."
The book writing and birdlife promotion has helped Mr Barnes to deal with his progressive illness.
"Parkinson's is a disease that can be associated with depression and other illnesses," he said.
"I try and keep physically fit and mentally fit, and challenge myself as well."
Mr Barnes first started bird watching in 2008 after first seeing a buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher in the wild.
"It was spectacular. It was something I'd never seen before and its habits were unusual. That's what got me hooked."
In 2013, he became president of Birdlife Mackay.
Mr Barnes is also relatively new to poetry, but plans to write more books in the future.
"I started writing poetry around 2009," he said.
"I was asked to write a speech for my mother's 90th birthday.
"I started writing a few dot points down and next thing I'd made a rhyming story out of it."
Crazy Bird Stories was published with support from the Regional Arts Development Fund.












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