Breakfast with the birds at the Botanic Gardens

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THE Australian National Botanic Gardens are holding their annual Breakfast with the Birds to coincide with Floriade.

The lure of fresh morning walks, coupled with the opportunity to seek out avian ‘hot spots’, is an annual highlight for visitors to the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The “Breakfast with the Birds” guided bird watching tours are an eagerly anticipated event in the Gardens, and this year additional tours have been added to accommodate increasing demand.

Coinciding with Floriade, Breakfast with the Birds commences on September 19 and is held each Saturday and Sunday until October 11.

Led by experienced bird watchers, participants visit a range of landscapes in the Gardens to discover and appreciate the diversity of birds, including the eastern yellow robin, new Holland honeyeater and eastern spinebill – to name just a few.

“Spring inspires us to get outside and relish the warmer days – and our feathered friends are no exception. During spring, native birds are busy establishing their territories and attracting mates. They frequently sing in the early morning when their sounds carry further due to less background noise,” Volunteer guide Jonette McDonald said.

“After the guided tour everyone enjoys a cooked breakfast at Floresco Cafe where the morning’s explorations and discoveries are re-told in a relaxing atmosphere,” says Jonette.

“People bird watch for many reasons, but almost all agree they like watching birds to appreciate their beauty and freedom.”

Breakfast with the Birds tours start at 7.45 am and tickets cost $32 for Friends of the Gardens members and $35 for non-members (includes tour and breakfast). Bookings are essential.

People are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear, warm clothes and to bring their own binoculars if possible.

For further information and bookings, visit the Friends of the Gardens’ website or phone (02) 6291 6396. Breakfast with the Birds is presented by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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