Pam's birdie quest on golf course

Grafton Golf Club member and creator of the Birds of the Grafton District Golf Club DVD, Pam Kenway, and Course Superintendent John Nelson scouting for birds at the Grafton Golf Club on Thursday
Grafton Golf Club member and creator of the Birds of the Grafton District Golf Club DVD, Pam Kenway, and Course Superintendent John Nelson scouting for birds at the Grafton Golf Club on Thursday

THERE are at least 85 species of (feathered) native bird on the Grafton District Golf Course and Pam Kenway has captured them for posterity on a DVD.

An enthusiastic player in the Grafton Women's Golf Club, she has become just as keen on her photography since buying a good camera nearly two years ago.

"The thing that got me going was seeing a crow trying to feed a channel-billed cuckoo," Pam said.

"I could hear all this commotion and when I looked I could see this scene of a the crow trying to feed a clamouring chick that was just as big as it was.

"I thought I needed to get a picture of this."

In the intervening months Pam has spent countless hours on the golf course honing her photographic skills and cataloguing the bird species.

"Since I've compiled the photos for the DVD, I've found another three species on the course," she said.
Her inspiration to go public with her collection came when golf club stalwart Graham Forman, who runs the multi-screen facility in the clubhouse got wind of what she was doing.

"A lot of people were surprised that there were so many different species of bird on the golf course," she said.
"A number of people asked me if I could give them a copy of my photographs."
It is no surprise the Grafton District Golf Course is a haven for native birds.

Ever since he began work at the course 30 years ago course superintendent John Nelson has been working at making the place native bird friendly.

His mum, Thelma, was an enthusiastic bird watcher with the Bird Atlas Australian organisation, as well as being a keen golfer.

"She had record between 64 and 67 species on the course by the mid-1990s," John said.

"It's quite pleasing to see that Pam has got 85 species so far."

John said the number of native birds on the course was a barometer of how successful he has been with his program of native tree planting at the course.

"We've been very conscious of the long term benefits of making the course a native flora and fauna friendly place," he said.

Pam Kenway's DVD of the Birds of the Grafton District Golf Course is available for sale at $10 a disk. Small numbers of the disk are available from the Pro-Shop or the bar at the golf club.

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