For those of you who love data, this chart of Nick Evershed shows the final share of votes for each bird in total, as well as the share of votes for each bird on each day.
But while some cry, others get organized. Will 2023 finally be the year of the Tawny frogmouth?
Sorry for this little break, I did somersaults in my living room.
It’s time for our four runners-up!
Fifth place is bush Turkey with 9790 votes.
The fourth is our neighborhood friend, the Galah, with 10,570 votes.
In 3rd place, after an extraordinary performance this year, is the Gang-gang cockatoo with 12,836 votes!
And our runner-up, marked with a feather, is the Tawny frogmouth with 13,332 votes.
Of course, every bird is a winner in our eyes and we wish them all the best in their future endeavors.
And here we go. The winner of Guardian Australia’s Bird of the Year 2021 poll, with 13,998 votes. Small in stature, huge in popularity and a lover of shared childcare and community life … watch the video to find out!
We are now getting very close to the big announcement. Here’s how it will work. The winner’s name is in an envelope in a top secret location. Guardian Australia publisher lenor taylor will reveal the number one in a video recording.
I have asked if he has an individual of each of the remaining species in his office to personally inform them of the results, but I am told he will be sent a message. Brutal.
And in 6th place, after one of the strongest campaigns of the scientific community and of my colleague Graham Readfearn, is the regent honey eater with 9139 votes!
This special bird needs all of your support to continue.
In seventh it is our most colorful competitor, perhaps even the most colorful of all Australian birds. Please toast to Gould’s finch with 8445 votes!
Our eighth place has some of the most passionate supporters around. With 8152 votes, it’s Laughing kookaburra!
In 9th place we have the hero of the Australian backyard and friend of cyclists from all over the world, the Australian magpie with 8046 votes.
Drumroll. The time has come to announce our first set of results.
We had a huge turnout on our last day. 100,646 votes cast. Thank you all.
I can reveal that in 10th place we have the peregrine falcon with 6338 votes. Give up for this wonderful bird.
Watch Guardian Australia press gallery photographer Mike Bowers swap one Canberra swamp for another as he heads to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands for some birding tips with local “Birdian”, Geoffrey Dabb.
A little more about the pressures our birds are facing. The gang-gang cockatoo, who was one of our leaders in the daily tally, is being considered for the first time on the national list at risk of extinction due to climate change and forest fires of 2019-20.
My beloved and proud wren also shows signs of decline due to competition from large urban birds, habitat pressures from property development and the change in the Australian backyard.
I’ve covered this and other birds in a handy feature here with some tips on what you can do to help.
Now, as an environmental reporter, I wouldn’t do my job if I didn’t tell you about some of the very serious problems our beautiful and unique birds are facing.
That’s right, Bird of the Year is all about play and fun until someone reminds you of habitat destruction and the climate crisis.
We have a couple of species in our top 10 that are really nearing the brink.
Let’s start with this piece by my colleague Graham Readfearn about the honey-eating regent, whose population has dropped to such low numbers that they are forgetting their own songs.
Apparently, voting for the most popular bird is not a recent idea.
In 1908, Victoria’s Argon the newspaper conducted its own survey to find the “twelve best birds” in the state.
However, the motives differed somewhat from our peaceful offering here at Guardian Australia and focused on the “usefulness of birds to farmers and farmers”.
You can read more about it here on BirdLife Australia.
This year we have seen a lively defense of all our birds but my colleague Matilda Boseley he must take the most unwavering commitment award for his number one. The pelican is lucky to have you.
Let’s quickly review our top 10 that has been looking forward to ever since our survey closed at midnight.
In addition to the gang-gang and the regent honey-eater, we have the galah, Gould’s finch and the Australian magpie – a fierce competitor and winner of the past, as the followers of the Bird of the Year would know.
The turkey, a sentimental favorite that is regularly seen roaming the streets near my home, is also in the running, along with the kookaburra and elite athlete the peregrine falcon.
Finally we have the fawn frogmouth, which has been battling in the top three all week along with the best bird of all (yes, this is not an unbiased blog) the superb fairy wren.
We wish them all the best.
Goodmorning everyone! Welcome to Guardian Australia’s live blog of our Bird of the Year 2021 achievement.
Two weeks and it came to this. Ten birds, one winner, nine left to focus on their social media careers.
Who will sing victory?
Will it be the flame-feathered gang-gang, a beloved species of cockatoo, especially among our Canberra constituents?
Or perhaps the critically endangered regent honey-eater, who had a surge in votes after being nearly eliminated early in the competition.
Here’s how things will work today. At 11.30 we will reveal the last five in the final vote count.
At noon we announce the winner and runners-up.
Thank you for joining us for the countdown and all your excitement for Bird of the Year.
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