Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2017 | Biggest count to date

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is over for another year with an incredible 1,923,169 birds counted across Australia.

It is the biggest count in the event’s four year history and numbers are up almost 30 per cent on last year.

Communities across the Mid North Coast took part in the count and bird lovers shared some of their favourite photos in the lead up (scroll down to see all the photo galleries).

BirdLife Australia’s Sean Dooley believes the growing support for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count shows how passionate people are about their local birds. And this growing data set is helping BirdLife Australia to develop a clearer picture of what’s happening to Australian birds across the country.

“We all have a bird story and by sharing our observations we can all provide data for researchers to ascertain the health of Australia’s bird life right across country,” Mr Dooley said.

Click the photos below to see the full photo galleries:

A pair of rainbow beeeaters photogaphed by @gbake1974 in the Macleay. Click the photo to take you to the full gallery

A pair of rainbow beeeaters photogaphed by @gbake1974 in the Macleay. Click the photo to take you to the full gallery

The Nambucca Valley is home to a great variety of birds. Click the photo to see more stunning shots.

The Nambucca Valley is home to a great variety of birds. Click the photo to see more stunning shots.

Pelican antics on show at the Forster boat ramp.  Click the photo for more.

Pelican antics on show at the Forster boat ramp. Click the photo for more.

Beautiful birds of the Hastings.  Click the photo to see the full gallery.

Beautiful birds of the Hastings. Click the photo to see the full gallery.