Package 2 - Year 3 and 4 Science - Wetland birds

Your child will engage with three short videos about wetland birds from the rangers at Sydney Olympic Park. Learn about the history of Homebush Bay, meet an ecologist, complete your own birdwatching survey, explore the adaptations of the ibis and watch an ibis ceremonial dance.

Week 6 - Package 2 - Year 3 and 4 Science - Wetland birds

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Before your child starts

This learning package involves three videos that have been created by Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Each short video has an activity based on the content. The activities are explained in the next section. To begin with, here are some questions to ask your child before watching the videos.

Things to think about:

  • Where is Sydney Olympic Park located? How far is it from where we live?

  • Do you know what a wetland is?

  • Do we live near a wetland?

  • Can you name a waterbird or a shorebird? (hint: if you have been to the beach, you can probably name one that you find there)

  • Have you ever tried to identify birds in your backyard or at school?

  • Do you have a favourite bird? Do you know what its special adaptations are?

What your child needs to do

Video 1 - History of Homebush Bay and meet the ecologist

  1. Watch the History of Homebush Bay and Meet the Ecologist video.

  2. Research the pelican that you saw in the video to find out more about it using the Bird Finder on Birds in our Backyard website.

  • What is its natural habitat?

  • What does it eat?

  • How does it catch its food?

  • Find a photo of an Australian Pelican on the internet and describe what its beak and its feet look like.

Video 2 - Birdwatching and bird survey

  1. Watch the Birdwatching and bird survey video.

  2. Record how many bird species and how many birds of each species are found around your backyard, local park or school over a period of 30 minutes, using Activity sheet 2 below.

  3. Children can choose 1 of the surveyed species to determine the following:

  • Is the bird native to Australia or an introduced species?

  • What is this bird's natural habitat?

  • What does the bird eat?

  • If this bird is a pest species, how can we reduce its numbers around the school?

  • If this bird is a native Australian bird, how can we improve our school yard to create habitat for this bird?

Video 3 - Aussie Backyard - Bird Count

  1. Watch the Aussie Backyard - Bird Count video.

  2. Complete Activity sheet 2 below by drawing and labelling an ibis.

  3. Identify the adaptations mentioned in the video and write a paragraph to explain how the beak and the feet of the Ibis help the Ibis survive in a wetland area.

What your child can do next

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

  • Rewatch the video and pause to ask your children the questions listed, as the information appears in the video.

  • Go outside and see if you can listen and look for birds in your backyard. Help your child to count how many birds they can see.

  • Find some more information about ibis and read to your child. Ask them to write some sentences explaining what they know about the ibis.

Activity too easy?

  • Select a bird from the Birdlife Australia website and create a poster about your chosen bird and share it with your class or send it to a friend.

  • Complete your bird survey at different times throughout the day or over a couple of days and compare the similarities and differences.

  • Research the migratory path of a Lathams Snipe.

Extension/additional activity

Discover more about Sydney Olympic Park at ParkLIVE by learning about the unique wildlife and environments. On the website you can find virtual tours, mini park ranger sessions, wildlife snapshots and more!

Activity sheet 1: Bird survey

Bird Name Tally Total Behaviour














Activity sheet 2: Draw and label the ibis

Draw and label your own Australian White Ibis.

Label the beak, feet, and feathers plus any other features or adaptations that you learnt about in the video.

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