Seeking photos for new COG book Birds of Canberra Gardens

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Subject: Seeking photos for new COG book Birds of Canberra Gardens
From: Julian Robinson <>
Date: Mon, 01 Jun 2009 15:00:22 +1000
Paul Fennell is producing the new version of the COG book, Birds of Canberra Gardens.  I'm assisting him to gather the photos required, taking over from David Cook who is about to head off to South America for some exotic birding.

This is a call for any members who have good photos of any of the birds listed below to submit their photos for consideration.  The selection of photo(s) for each bird will be based on how well it shows the bird, the background/context, aesthetic qualities of the image, sufficient technical quality, and how well it suits the context in which it will be placed in the book.

There are some constraints and requirements to make this manageable... 

- images already on the COG Photo Gallery do NOT need to be submitted.
- please only submit photos that are objectively good enough to go in a book!  (If in doubt, feel free to submit it though).
- for dimorphic species it doesn't matter which sex your photo is of, the book might use either or both.  Probably the most distinctive sex (male) will be used, but not necessarily.
- your original image needs to be at least 900 pixels wide, and not blurry. More pixels is better. 
- you don't have to crop it as I can do that and/or tweak it up a bit if necessary.
- please rename your images as follows ...
bird's common name (as in the list below with no hyphens or spaces) HYPHEN your name with no hyphens or spaces

eg   John Smith's image of a White Cockatoo would be...

Please don't be miffed if your photo does not get used, the selection will be done objectively but not with any particular regard to who took them or a need to include one from everyone.  It won't necessarily be the 'best' photos that get used since as stated above, practical things like the book layout, photo size and aspect ratio as well as what the photo shows will be prime determinants.   The reality is that most photos will end up being from the more enthusiastic (obsessed?) COG "press corps", but many people who lead normal lives and maintain a healthy perspective will also have good photos. 

If you have a reasonable shot of a Koel please submit it!


1. Look through the list of birds below and, if you have any photos that might suit, find your image. 

2. Resize to be 500-800 pixels wide.

3. Rename as requested above and save as a jpg file.

4 Email your image(s) as attachments to .


Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Crimson Rosella
Rock Dove
Australian Hobby
Eastern Koel
Fan-tailed Cuckoo
Southern Boobook
White-throated Needletail
Fork-tailed Swift
Azure Kingfisher
Laughing Kookaburra
Sacred Kingfisher
Rainbow Bee-eater
White-throated Treecreeper
Superb Fairy-wren
Brown Gerygone
Speckled Warbler
White-throated Gerygone
Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow Thornbill
Brown Thornbill
Buff-rumped Thornbill
Eastern Spinebill
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Fuscous Honeyeater
Regent Honeyeater
Crescent Honeyeater
Red Wattlebird
Brown-headed Honeyeater
White-naped Honeyeater
Varied Sittella
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Crested Shrike-tit
Golden Whistler
Rufous Whistler
Grey Shrike-thrush
Grey Butcherbird
Dusky Woodswallow
Australian Magpie
Grey Currawong
Rufous Fantail
Grey Fantail
Leaden Flycatcher
Restless Flycatcher
Satin Flycatcher
Red-capped Robin
Jacky Winter
Scarlet Robin
Flame Robin
Welcome Swallow
Fairy Martin
Tree Martin
Common Starling
Common Myna
Zebra Finch
Double-barred Finch
Diamond Firetail
House Sparrow
European Goldfinch
Australian Shelduck
Little Black Cormorant
Great Cormorant
Royal Spoonbill
White-necked Heron
White-faced Heron
Australian White Ibis
Straw-necked Ibis
Purple Swamphen
Eurasian Coot
Dusky Moorhen
Masked Lapwing
Black-fronted Dotterel
Australasian Pipit
Rufous Songlark
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