Australian Bird List

STRUTHIONIFORMES
Struthionidae
CASUARIIFORMES
Casuariidae
GALLIFORMES
Megapodiidae
Numididae
Phasianidae
Odontophoridae
ANSERIFORMES
Anseranatidae
Anatidae
PHAETHONTIFORMES
Phaethontidae
PODICIPEDIFORMES
Podicipedidae
SPHENISCIFORMES
Spheniscidae
PROCELLARIIFORMES
Procellariidae
Diomedeidae
Hydrobatidae
Oceanitidae
PHALACROCORACIFORMES
Fregatidae
Sulidae
Anhingidae
Phalacrocoracidae
CICONIIFORMES
Pelecanidae
Ardeidae
Threskiornithidae
Ciconiidae
PHOENICOPTERIFORMES
Phoenicopteridae
ACCIPITRIFORMES
Accipitridae
FALCONIFORMES
Falconidae
GRUIFORMES
Gruidae
Rallidae
Otididae
CHARADRIIFORMES
Pedionomidae
Scolopacidae
Turnicidae
Rostratulidae
Jacanidae
Chionidae
Burhinidae
Haematopodidae
Recurvirostridae
Charadriidae
Glareolidae
Stercorariidae
Laridae
COLUMBIFORMES
Columbidae
PSITTACIFORMES
Nestoridae
Cacatuidae
Psittacidae
CUCULIFORMES
Cuculidae
STRIGIFORMES
Strigidae
Tytonidae
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Podargidae
Eurostopodidae
Caprimulgidae
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Aegothelidae
APODIFORMES
Apodidae
CORACIIFORMES
Alcedinidae
Halcyonidae
Meropidae
Coraciidae
PASSERIFORMES
Pittidae
Menuridae
Atrichornithidae
Climacteridae
Maluridae
Pardalotidae
Dasyornithidae
Acanthizidae
Meliphagidae
Petroicidae
Orthonychidae
Pomatostomidae
Eupetidae
Neosittidae
Pachycephalidae
Monarchidae
Rhipiduridae
Dicruridae
Laniidae
Campephagidae
Oriolidae
Artamidae
Paradisaeidae
Corvidae
Corcoracidae
Ptilonorhynchidae
Alaudidae
Motacillidae
Passeridae
Estrildidae
Fringillidae
Emberizidae
Nectariniidae
Hirundinidae
Pycnonotidae
Acrocephalidae
Phylloscopidae
Megaluridae
Cisticolidae
Timaliidae
Muscicapidae
Turdidae
Sturnidae
Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra)

Eastern Reef Egret

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Wood Sandpiper

Australian Painted Snipe (Rostratula australis)

Australian Painted Snipe

Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia)

Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Acanthagenys rufogularis)

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Vik Dunis

Vik currently has 2,367 photos of 577 Australian bird species on Bushpea.

Vik was born in 1954 in the English village of North Hykeham, Lincolnshire. He and his parents and brother moved as Ten Pound Poms to Australia in 1970 where they took up residence in Brisbane, Queensland.

Vik lived in Queensland for the next thirty years, mostly in Brisbane but also spent a few years at the small outback towns of Emerald and Rolleston. In 2001, to escape the monotonously perfect Queensland weather, he moved to Melbourne.

Vik has the most modest equipment of the Bushpea photographers with his current camera being a Canon SX1 point-and-shoot.*

He explains that this is because he wants to show just what you can achieve with a modest camera in the field of bird photography.

Larry, his brother, suggests that the reason is that Vik is a peach steak, Larry always having been over-fond of anagrams.

In any case, continues Larry, it's probably just as well Vik carries modest equipment as he is absent-minded and a little accident prone, and has dropped and tossed a number of cameras onto rocks, concrete and into mud or is likely just to leave it somewhere.

Vik thought that Larry's accident-prone comment was a little akin to the pot calling the kettle something-or-other, and suggested that like most of the crockery in Vik's kitchen, his brother was a little cracked.

Vik enjoys travelling anywhere in Australia, a pastime that has been made even more enjoyable by incorporating the challenge of bird photography.

*This has not been true for some time. Larry passed his Canon 7D on to Vik and Vik has subsequently developed an immoderate taste for less-modest equipment.

To contact Vik, email vik @ bushpea.com.