Package 5-2: 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 5 and 6 Science - Wetland birds

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

Paper or workbook

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 East Asian Australasian Flyway and answer the following questions.

  • Why do migratory birds fly south from northern Asia all the way to Australia?

  • How far do they fly?

  • Where do they stop on the way to Australia?

  • Explore the human impacts that have caused these migratory shorebirds to decline in population over the past 25 years.

  1. Research the migration of the shorebird Lathams Snipe.

  • Where does the Latham Snipe live in the Northern Hemisphere?

  • What is the distance that the Lathams Snipe travels along the East Asian Australiasian Flyway?

  • What is the height and weight of a Lathams Snipe?

  • What is the longest non-stop distance travelled by a Lathams Snipe?

Video 2 - Birdwatching and bird survey

  1. Watch the Birdwatching and bird survey video.

  2. View or download the lessons from Aussie Backyard - Bird Count.

  3. Complete Lesson 1: Australian Birds and Lesson 2: Birdwatching and the Australian Backyard Bird Count.

Video 3 - Aussie Backyard - Bird Count

  1. Watch the Aussie Backyard - Bird Count video.

  2. Complete Activity sheet 2 below by drawing and labelling your own Australian White Ibis.

  3. Draw your Ibis in its wetland habitat.

  4. Label the beak, feet and feathers on the ibis.

  5. Explain how the beak and the feet of the ibis help the Ibis survive in a wetland area.

What your child can do next

Ask your child to research 2 species of birds that are found in Wetlands (or in your backyard/school) using either Birdlife Australia website or The Australian Museum website.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

  • Rewatch the videos and ask your child to write or verbalise a summary of the key points of the video. You may like to help them to take some notes throughout the videos.

  • 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.

  • Draw a picture of an ibis and label the beak, feet and feathers.

Activity too easy?

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

  • Complete your bird watching survey in different locations if possible and throughout different times of the day and week. Compare the similarities and differences and compose a hypothesis of why your results may be different.

  • Find out more information about birds that are local to your area.

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: Label the ibis

  1. Draw and label your own Australian White Ibis.

  2. Draw your ibis in its wetland habitat.

  3. Label the beak, feet and feathers on the ibis.

  4. Explain how the beak and the feet of the ibis help the ibis survive in a wetland area. For example,the adaptation of having “long legs” helps the ibis walk through shallow water as it looks for food in the mud.

  5. Label 2 more adaptations that you can see and explain why the ibis has this adaptation to live in the wet muddy environments of the Sydney Olympic Park wetlands.

Return to top of page Back to top