Welcome to BirdLife Australia!
As of 1 January 2012, BOCA has merged with Birds Australia to become BirdLife Australia. The new BirdLife Australia website will go live in early February, and until then the current BOCA site will continue to be available.
At BirdLife Australia we are dedicated to achieving outstanding conservation results for our native birds and their habitats. With our specialised knowledge and the commitment of an Australia-wide network of members, volunteers and supporters, we are creating a bright future for Australia’s birds. Look out for our new website from February 2012 at birdlife.org.au
BOCA has a number of formal policies on issues related to the club's operations, birds and birding.
New policy on bird feeding available here.
It is the policy of BOCA to respect the privacy of members. Personal information is held in strict confidence and used only for club purposes. A copy of the Policy may be obtained on request.
One of our Club’s objectives, written into our Constitution, is:
"To foster ethical bird observing as a social and individual activity directed to benefit Australian birds"
To help achieve this objective, BOCA has adopted the following code:
Do not cause stress to birds or expose them to danger during observation, photography or recording.
Walk slowly, speak quietly, drive cautiously.
Your visit may assist predators to find eggs or young & your continued presence may drive the parents away.
Accept good distant views of a bird rather than risk causing stress through approaching too closely or putting them to flight.
Where possible, walk or drive on formed roads, tracks and paths to minimise disturbance to bird habitat and to the birds.
Providing food, water or artificial nest hollows can be beneficial, but may, in some situations, expose birds to predation.
Always obtain permission to enter their land. Always leave gates as you found them and do not damage property.
Raising your voice or pointing excitedly may cause the bird to flyaway or spoil the sighting for others.
Remember that all bird observers will be judged by your actions.
Application of the Code of Birding Ethics to Photography
Photography can disturb birds
Bird photographers must recognise that their activities are in many instances different from those of bird observers. Typically, a photographer will usually spend more time in close proximity to a bird.
In order to capture the best images photographers may inadvertently:
Usually, photography at a nest should be avoided. It is important to remember the removal of foliage around the nest site is not acceptable. Birds choose nesting sites because of the protection offered: altering the site may result in the elimination of shade or open the nest to predators
The feeding of birds to encourage them into a more 'photogenic' position, should only be practised with the greatest of care. Where feeding a bird may expose it to danger, feeding should be avoided.
Birds should not be stressed by the use of a hide. Birds can become accustomed to a hide over a period of days, by gradually moving it into position for photography. Care must be taken to ensure the hide is not so close as to cause disturbance to the bird
Use of a flashlight may cause birds to be temporarily blinded, putting them at risk. Using a flashlight near a nest may cause birds to abandon the nest or cause the young to fall.
The leader must take into account the cumulative effect of a number people approaching a bird. It may be acceptable for one person to spend 10 minutes photographing a particular bird, but 10 photographers each spending 10 minutes, could cause the bird distress.
Photographers must be aware of the stress caused to birds by their presence and move back at the first indication that a bird is becoming unduly stressed or agitated
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