Avid birdwatcher, Mary Hynes has published her first book Birds at Parklakes Bli Bli which showcases the amazing array of local birdlife found within the picturesque residential development.
Mary was introduced to the increasingly popular hobby through the local University of the Third Age (U3A) Sunshine Coast Birdwatching Group two years ago.
A self-proclaimed novice to the art of birdwatching, Mary says she enjoys nothing more than spotting native birds on the many walking tracks at Parklakes Bli Bli.
“As an amateur in the art of bird-watching, I saw the need for an introductory booklet for beginners like me,” Ms Hynes said.
Parklakes resident Chris Watts said the area has become a very attractive environment for a diverse range of birdlife thanks to the unique local environment.
“The hill behind Parklakes filters fresh water into a series of water-lily filled ponds and combined with the hundreds of Australian natives such as Bottlebrush and Tea Trees, as well as the surrounding rainforest and the man-made Lake and has helped to attract a really diverse range of birdlife to the area.
“I think it’s a real credit to the developers that they have created an environment where rare and endangered birds such as Little Bitterns, the Baillon’s Crake and
Black-fronted Dotterel can nest, feed or simply rest before moving onto their next destination,” Chris said.
Parklakes spokesperson Rob Midgley said he was thrilled that Mary had taken the time to research and publish the book.
“My family has been involved in the Bli Bli community for a long time and we have a keen understanding of the diverse range of local birdlife and fish right here in our backyard so it’s great that Mary has committed to producing such an outstanding publication,” he said.
Mr Midgley said he had purchased a number of copies of Mary’s book for the Parklakes sales office as well as for future residents of the growing estate.
“We really encourage locals to make the most of the community facilities on offer at Parklakes, we have a catch and release program underway where locals can test their skills at snagging a fish in our lake system and I really hope Mary’s book inspires locals to get out and enjoy the local birdlife on offer,” he said.
Ms Hynes said her main aim in publishing the book is to raise awareness of the incredible diversity of birdlife the Sunshine Coast has to offer.
“If I can encourage more people to take an interest in the birdlife in their local environment, I would be very happy,” she said.
Ms Hynes’ new book “Birds at Parklakes Bli Bli” was released at the start of August.