Book lists birds

By Country News

Teenager Jacob Dedman has compiled a comprehensive guide to the birdlife living in Tatura’s Cussen Park.

The 13-year-old Tatura resident spent about six months getting the book together, and it features photos and scientific descriptions of each bird that can be found in the park.

Jacob took all the photos in the booklet and said he knew most of the names of the birdlife.

With the assistance of Don Roberts from the Goulburn Murray Birdlife Group, Jacob included about 30 birds in the book.

Many images were taken in the park itself, while some were captured on Jacob and his family’s travels.

Launched in a special ceremony in the park last week, Jacob’s mother Cheryl Dedman said copies would be available from various outlets in Tatura.

Complete with a checklist at the back, the booklet is the perfect birdwatching guide for the water reserve and was welcomed by the Cussen Park committee.

‘‘It gives people the opportunity to get out and about,’’ Jacob said.

He said the book was printed locally at Rodney Printers and also featured a map of the park.

‘‘Jacob loves to be a part of the community and this has also been a great project for his home education for this term’s major project,’’ Ms Dedman said.

Jacob first developed an interest in birds about five years ago when his family travelled to the Daintree Rainforest in north Queensland.

His favourite bird is the superb fairy-wren, which he photographed in Cussen Park itself.

—Tara Whitsed