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AFL Grand Final’s ‘Battle of the Birds’: Ultimate curtain raiser for the #AussieBirdCount

Australian Magpie Image credit: Glenn Ehmke


The 2018 AFL Grand Final has become a ‘Battle of the Birds’, with thousands of Magpies and Eagles fans from across Australia expected to watch Collingwood play West Coast this Saturday live from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

With both teams linked to iconic Australian birds—the Australian Magpie with Collingwood and the Wedge-tailed Eagle with West Coast—the AFL Grand Final has become the ultimate curtain raiser for the 2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which begins 22 October.
Less than one month after finding out who becomes the top bird on the AFL ladder, Australians will be asked to join the Aussie Bird Count, during National Bird Week from 22-28 October and record the birds they see in their backyards and favourite outdoor spaces.

Image credit: Andrew Silcocks

While both birds have made it to the top of the AFL ladder, the Australian Magpie led the flock in 2017 becoming the second most counted bird ahead of the Wedge-tailed Eagle, which was the 159th most counted bird. (The most counted bird was the colourful Rainbow Lorikeet.)
Australia’s Chief Bird Nerd Sean Dooley is looking forward to seeing which team becomes top bird in the AFL Grand Final and is hoping fans of both teams join the count in October.

“While all eyes will be on the Magpies and Eagles this Saturday, we are looking forward to seeing which Australian birds top the count during the Aussie Backyard Bird Count from 22 October,” Mr Dooley said. “The Aussie Bird Count is the perfect activity to do with family and friends outdoors once the AFL season comes to an end.”

In 2017, Australian birdwatchers recorded more than 578 species, with the Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie remaining Australia’s most counted birds. The count saw more than 72,000 nature-loving Australians taking time out from their busy schedules to count more than 1.9 million birds.

Fans of the Eagles, Magpies and other Australian birds can download the Aussie Bird Count app (available from 1 October) and take part anywhere—not just backyards, but in local sports grounds, parks, botanical gardens, schoolyards or beaches—wherever you see birds.

The national total will be updated in real time, and the app allows you to see which species are being seen in your local area.

Start spreading the word with #AussieBirdCount.

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