Australasian Darters, also referred to as snakebirds, are slender, elegant waterbirds found in Australia’s fresh or brackish water sources. They can be seen drying their wings along the banks of rivers, lakes and wetlands after diving for fish and other invertebrates.
Australian birds are among some of the most unique and beautiful birds globally. A striking range of bird species call Australia home, waterbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, colourful parrots, cockatoos, finches, wrens, robins, and raptors. Australian wetlands, tidal mudflats and other coastal habitats are also important destinations for many migratory birds visiting from the northern hemisphere.
Unfortunately, many species are experiencing habitat loss, predation from feral animals and domestic species such as foxes, dogs and cats and other environmental pressures. As a result, the past 30 years have seen a dramatic decline in many species, pushing some close to extinction. Ground nesting shorebirds are one of the most heavily impacted, with species declining in numbers by around 80% in some areas. Their nesting habits make them highly vulnerable to interference from pets, vehicles and other human activities. Extreme weather events from climate change are also having a negative
Raising awareness of our beautiful Australian Birds is essential to preserving their populations in the future. In addition, understanding the impacts of housing and industry developments, recreational activities, and pollution on resident bird species is essential in making changes that benefit birds.
Ethical bird photography that does not interfere with normal bird behaviour can play a positive role in helping to develop an appreciation of the species that live here. Browse our images and profiles, including descriptions, habitat, diet, breeding habits, and conservation status. For some of our most endangered species, browse our articles to learn more.
Images in our Australian Bird profiles and photo galleries are exclusively the work of professional wildlife photographer Diana Andersen, Animalinfo Publications.
Common Bronzewing photo gallery. A solidly built Australian pigeon with beautiful iridescent bronze feathering on their wings in the light.
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Corellas are one of Australia’s most common Cockatoos. Flocks frequent rural areas and city suburbs in large numbers. Images are available for rights managed purchase by awarded wildlife photographer, Diana Andersen. For fine art prints, visit our print shop.