Bellarine Peninsula patrol local beaches protecting hoodies.

During this season our active members spend time patrolling the local beaches, protecting the Hoodies, (hooded plover) and making the public aware that dogs should be on a lead and that the nesting Hoodies should be respected. A highlight of our year was observing the lovely little Scarlet Honeyeater, a visitor from up north, enjoying a visit to Ocean Grove - previously this little one did not travel so far south but we were so glad that they brightened our year with their presence.

Our year is made up of half day trips on one Wednesday a month, full day trips on one Sunday a month and two camps; one in autumn and one in spring. Some of our members are keen photographers and this year we were able to display our work at the Geelong Art Society Gallery over the month of November in combination with members of Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. This exhibition was viewed by many of the Geelong community.

BirdLife Bellarine consists of a group of people who are drawn together by a strong delight in birding. We love living in the Bellarine area as we able to view a variety of birds from sea-birds, to waders to bush birds and even those that desire to live around towns.

Image: Scarlet Honeyeater by Dean Ingwersen