Dawn Heath is a guest speaker during Killarney’s Biodiversity Weekend.
Dawn Heath is a guest speaker during Killarney’s Biodiversity Weekend.

Learn to capture nature's essence

SHE is often seen crouching in long grass, an eye firmly pressed against a camera capturing the region's quirky and often missed natural treasures.

Ecologist and environmental consultant Dawn Heath looks down at the ground and up at the sky above to forever freeze plants and animals and this weekend will share her journey.

Miss Heath is a guest speaker at Killarney Biodiversity Weekend and will present two workshops: Birds and Bird Ecology and Nature Photography.

“I spend a lot of time walking around, getting down and dirty as a lot of things can be missed,” Miss Heath said.

“My passion for bird watching, nature study and photography began at an early age during childhood walks in Hampshire, England, with my father who was a keen naturalist and amateur photographer.”

Now Miss Heath lives on a property near Allora and knows every inch of her 168 acre land.

“People drive past and think it's a bit of scrub but there's 130 bird, 228 plant species and 13 frog species on the property,” she said.

“With all the rain, toadstools have popped up, so I do spend a lot of time looking down.

“A lot of people have a bit of scrub on their land they can't use and leave it. It's not hard, time consuming or expensive (to have a nature reserve).”

Even the presence of a little yellow round chest of an eastern yellow robin (pictured above) means Queen Mary Falls at Killarney is in a good ecological position but Miss Heath doesn't want her photos to be the only evidence of a creature's existence.

“It's not endangered but is considered an indicator species on the Darling Downs, with its presence indicating good habitat health,” Miss Heath said.

Miss Heath's presentations are Bird Ecology Presentation, which includes information on bird habitat requirements, sustainable habitat management, identification tips and where to find birds in the landscape.

Her Nature Photography workshop will cover basic photographic techniques, such as use of depth of field, and tips and techniques to assist participants in the art of capturing quality images of flora and fauna.


Biodiversity weekend

When: Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Killarney Recreation Hall.

Cost: $5 per person per day.

For more information call 46619909 or email landcare@chlgroup.org.au


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