The Capricorn Yellow Chat needs to be saved from extinction. Photo Contributed
The Capricorn Yellow Chat needs to be saved from extinction. Photo Contributed Contributed

Rare Capricorn Yellow Chat bird draws a crowd

CAPRICORNIA is the only place in the world where the critically endangered Capricorn Yellow Chat bird can be seen.

It is one of more than 300 species of birds in the local area that bird lovers from across Australia are hoping to see this week as they flock to Capricornia for BirdLife Australia's National Campout.

More than 80 participants will be given a tour of some of the best bird watching locations in the area. This includes Kinka Beach, Polka Creek at Byfield, Shoalwater Bay, Lake Mary swamp, Corio Bay and the Iwasaki wetlands, with Ferns Hideaway serving as the headquarters.

This years theme is '100 years and counting: Birds, people and history in Capricornia,' and will have a special connection with the 1924 campout which was also held at Byfield.

Ornithologist Professor Henry Nix will give a dinner speech to guests, who will also enjoy photography, painting workshops, field trips and an evening at Raspberry Creek Cottage.

Perfect conditions are expected for the campout, which will be held from September 4 to 8.

CAUGHT ON FILM: Birdwatchers spot a species of interest at Kinka Wetlands ahead of BirdLife Australia’s National Campout.
CAUGHT ON FILM: Birdwatchers spot a species of interest at Kinka Wetlands ahead of BirdLife Australia’s National Campout. Contributed

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