<h2>Celebrating <strong>Beauty</strong> & Diversity</h2><h3>Superb Fairy-wren</h3> <h2><strong>Bringing Back</strong> Vanishing Species</h2><h3>Regent Honeyeater</h3> <h2><strong>Sharing,</strong> Exploring & Discovering</h2><h3>Discovering Shorebirds outing</h3> <h2><strong>Connecting</strong> with Nature's Wonders</h2><h3>Double-banded Plover</h3> <h2>Sharing Nature's Awesome <strong>Majesty</strong></h2><h3>Yellow-nosed Albatross</h3> <h2>Planting a <strong>future</strong> for threatened species</h2><h3>Capertee Valley tree planting</h3> <h2><strong>Reducing</strong> the Threat of Extinctions</h2><h3>Superb Parrot</h3>

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BIRDING BULLETIN 115

FEBRUARY 2017

 

FRIENDS OF CALLAN PARK

The Friends of Callan Park are asking Birding NSW for any information about birds seen in the 62 hectare area, which they are trying to preserve. If you are able to do some surveys in this area or you have any survey data from previous surveys in this area, please could you contact Ian Bailey, Office of Conservation for Birding NSW, on ibails@bigpond.net.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, 2017

The dates for the bird surveys around Grenfell in 2017 are March 24-26 and September 22-24. New surveyors are always welcome. If you would like to receive further information about these survey weekends, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

WHAT ARE KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS?

In September 2016, BirdLife International, on behalf of BirdLife Australia and 120 other bird conservation NGOs worldwide, signed up to a partnership of 11 leading, global conservation organisations to agree on a consistent approach to identifying and protecting the world’s nature hotspots as Key Biodiversity Areas. Follow this link to learn why IBAs (Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas) are now becoming KBAs – http://birdlife.org.au/projects/KBA/iba-kba-faqs.

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW. FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017

The Bird Calls Course with Fred Van Gessel will be held at BirdLife Discovery Centre (18 February) and Mitchell Park (19 February).

 

Fred Van Gessel is also running a course entitled “Recording Wildlife Sounds” on Saturday March 4 (course) and Sunday March 5 (field day). The cost is $100 for BirdLife members and $120 for non-members.

 

For these courses, please download registration forms from birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw  (click on “Events”),

call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW SEMINAR DAY AND AGM. BUILDING 22, NEWINGTON ARMORY. 18 MARCH 2017

This seminar will showcase how Citizen Science contributes to our knowledge of birds in Australia. Speakers include John Martin (Hollows as homes), Alan Stuart (Rufous Scrub-bird surveys in Gloucester Tops), Dr Beth Mott (Powerful Owl Project) and Dean Ingwerson (Regent Honeyeater surveys in the Capertee Valley). To register for this seminar, go to http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY REGENT HONEYEATER RECOVERY PROJECT

The tree plantings for 2017 will be held on 5-7th May and 18-20th August. The August plantings are subject to availability of funding. For more information and registration, go to http://birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw/projects-initiatives-s.

 

 

 

 

POWERFUL OWL PROJECT in 2016

Birds in Backyards report that this breeding season resulted in 53 chicks from 46 breeding pairs. There are a further 60 sites with owls resident. Alas birds continue to be lost to car strikes and there is concern that some birds are dying of starvation as more habitat trees are lost. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. There is a new video of bush birds bathing in a small puddle. It includes footage of a Rockwarbler.

 

VIDEO OF MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS AND THE YELLOW SEA

This video shows several migratory shorebirds, which come to Australia as well as great pictures of the endangered Spoonbill Sandpiper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N74zn7bCpq8

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The Mapoon Land and Sea Rangers have surveyed along the west coast of the Cape York Peninsula and in associated wetlands and have found 24 species of migratory shorebirds and 10 species of resident shorebirds. They have established that the area is of national and international significance for waterbirds, especially migratory shorebirds, based on criteria under the EPBC Act and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/indigenous-owners-confirm-shorebird-hotspot/
  2. Rainbow Lorikeets have been declared a pest in South Western Australia. They are competing for nest holes with local parrots including the Red-capped Parrot and the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/over-the-rainbow/

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2017 will be 11/12 February, 22/23 April, 22/23 July, 14/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

 

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 114

JANUARY 2017

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, 2017

The dates for the bird surveys around Grenfell in 2017 are March 24-26 and September 22-24. New surveyors are always welcome. If you would like to receive further information about these survey weekends, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW. FEBRUARY – MARCH 2017

The Bird Calls Course with Fred Van Gessel will be held at BirdLife Discovery Centre (18 February) and Mitchell Park (19 February).

 

Fred Van Gessel is also running a course entitled “Recording Wildlife Sounds” on Saturday March 4 (course) and Sunday March 5 (field day). The cost is $100 for BirdLife members and $120 for non-members.

 

For these courses, please download registration forms from birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw  (click on “Events”),

call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW SEMINAR DAY AND AGM. BUILDING 22, NEWINGTON ARMORY. 18 MARCH 2017

The seminar topic for this meeting is Citizen Science. Speakers include John Martin (Hollows as homes), Alan Stuart (Rufous Scrub-bird surveys in Gloucester Tops), Dr Beth Mott (Powerful Owl Project) and Dean Ingwerson (Regent Honeyeater surveys in the Capertee Valley).

 

POWERFUL OWL PROJECT in 2016

Birds in Backyards report that this breeding season resulted in 53 chicks from 46 breeding pairs. There are a further 60 sites with owls resident. Alas birds continue to be lost to car strikes and there is concern that some birds are dying of starvation as more habitat trees are lost. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project

 

BIRDS IN BACKYARD VIDEOS

For those who have not yet discovered this great selection of videos of birds, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos. The most recent video shows a male Tawny Frogmouth caring for his growing chick through December 2016.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. A pair of Regent Honeyeaters together with a juvenile bird was seen in a park south of Cessnock suggesting that the birds had nested in or close to the park. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/critically-endangered-regent-honeyeater-breeds-in-the-lower-hunter/
  2. The Victorian Government has given permission for commercial horse training to continue on the beach at Belfast Coastal Reserve between Warrnambool and Port Fairy without consideration for shorebirds including Hooded Plovers. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/victorian-government-backs-racehorses-over-hoodies/
  3. A bushfire has burnt 1160 hectares in the Tomalpin Woodlands south of Kurri Kurri. This area is considered a very important area for Regent Honeyeaters and for Swift Parrots and it has supported many other declining woodland birds. A preliminary survey has revealed severe damage to most of the high quality woodland bird sites in the area. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/fire-burns-regent-hot-spot/

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2017 will be 11/12 February, 22/23 April, 22/23 July, 14/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.


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BIRDING BULLETIN 113

DECEMBER 2016

 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW?

Your annual subscription to Birding NSW was due on October 1, 2016. We are very keen that you continue your membership. If you have not already paid, please pay as soon as possible and preferably through electronic funds transfer (EFT). Information on subscription rates and online banking details are on the membership renewal form available at http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/about-birding-nsw/. If your contact details have not changed, you do not need to fill in the renewal form again but if paying by EFT, please record your full name and membership number (if you know it) as the reference.  If you need to make changes to your membership details and are paying by EFT, you can scan the form and email the form to info@birdingnsw.org.au. Please note that there is now a discount on membership fees for those who choose to read the newsletter online.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS WORKSHOP. URUNGA. FEBRUARY 4-5, 2017

A workshop on KBAs (previously known as IBAs) is being organised by Richard Jordan of BirdLife Northern NSW. This first workshop is directed at KBA Guardians and other interested people from northern NSW. However some spaces may be available for Guardians and others from other parts of NSW. If you would like further information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, 2017

The dates for the bird surveys around Grenfell in 2017 are March 24-26 and September 22-24. New surveyors are always welcome. If you would like to receive further information about these survey weekends, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW. SATURDAY 18 –SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 2017

The Bird Calls Course with Fred Van Gessel will be held at BirdLife Discovery Centre (18 February) and Mitchell Park (19 February). Please download a registration form from birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw  (click on “Events”),

call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW SEMINAR DAY AND AGM. BUILDING 22, NEWINGTON ARMORY. 18 MARCH 2017

The seminar topic for this meeting is Citizen Science. There will be more information in later bulletins.

 

AUSTRALASIAN BIRD FAIR AND WILDLIFE EXPO. SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

The website for the Fair is now up at http://birdfair.com.au/. There will be more information in later bulletins.

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2016

From 17-23 October 2016, 61,418 surveyors submitted 45,111 checklists and counted 1,398,487 birds. Birds from 583 species were counted. The top three species were Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie. For the full results, go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/2016-results/.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. Macquarie Island: Following the removal of rabbits five years ago, seabird breeding has increased considerably. BirdLife Australia is recommending the downgrading of the Australian conservation status for eight species. http://birdlife.org.au/media/macquarie-island-celebrates-5-years-of-being-rabbit-free/
  2. Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary has been declared a National Park. http://birdlife.org.au/media/adelaide-bird-sanctuary-declared-a-national-park/
  3. Hutton’s Shearwaters: Much of the breeding population of this endangered species was destroyed by a landslide following the New Zealand earthquake on November 14, 2016. http://birdlife.org.au/media/huttons-shearwaters-devastated-by-nz-quake/

For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/.

 

FLAT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE ON COMERONG ISLAND

The flat is attached to a house adjacent to Comerong Nature Reserve. It sleeps around four people and is fully set up for visitors. The island is accessed by a car punt to the island. The flat is a 15 minute walk from the rainforest and the beach. The Nature Reserve encompasses part of the Shoalhaven Estuary, which is a great habitat for shorebirds (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Comerong-Island-Nature-Reserve). For more information contact Julie Cunningham on comerongbirders@zoho.com or phone 0411 109813.

 

COTTAGE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE IN KANDOS

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney has a cottage for hire in Kandos, which is within easy reach of the Capertee Valley. The cost for a weekend for up to 7 people is $250.00, which is significantly less than many other properties in the Capertee Valley. For more information about the cottage go to the website http://www.combinedartsocieties.com/  and click on CASS COTTAGE for the rates and information on how to book.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2017 will be 11/12 February, 22/23 April, 22/23 July, 14/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 112        NOVEMBER 2016

 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW?

Your annual subscription to Birding NSW was due on October 1, 2016. We are very keen that you continue your membership. If you have not already paid, please pay as soon as possible and preferably through electronic funds transfer (EFT). Information on subscription rates and online banking details are on the membership renewal form available at http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/about-birding-nsw/. If your contact details have not changed, you do not need to fill in the renewal form again but if paying by EFT, please record your full name and membership number (if you know it) as the reference.  If you need to make changes to your membership details and are paying by EFT, you can scan the form and email the form to info@birdingnsw.org.au. Please note that there is now a discount on membership fees for those who choose to read the newsletter online.

 

BIRDING NSW’s ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. TUESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2016

The AGM will precede the Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture on December 6. All Committee positions automatically become vacant. Ted Nixon, the current conservation officer, is not standing for re-election so if you are interested in taking on this role please talk to Ted (ted.nixon@mq.edu.au) or another committee member. Also we need someone to monitor the incoming emails to the club and send them on to the committee members or relevant person. If you can take on this role, please talk to Michael Edwards (info@birdingnsw.org.au).

 

ANIMAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP. SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2016.  10 am to 4 pm.

Centennial Park Education Centre, Dickens Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney. $250 per person

Bookings: angela@angelarobertsonbuchanan.com. More information at http://www.angelarobertsonbuchanan.com/

 

HOODED PLOVER EXPEDITION: EAST COAST OF TASMANIA. NOVEMBER 20-27, 2016

You can join this expedition led by ecologist Dr Eric Woehler, Birdlife Tasmania convenor, to learn about the study and protection of Hooded Plovers and to see other shorebirds along the beaches and lagoons of the east coast of Tasmania. For more information email info@curioustraveller.com.au, call 03 6234 4918 or visit http://www.curioustraveller.com.au/plovers-november-17.html

 

‘FROM A HOME TO A HOME: A STORY OF MIGRATION’ A NEW ART PROJECT BY KATE GORRINGE-SMITH (creator of The Flyway Print Exchange). November 25 – December 8, 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

In ‘From a Home to a Home’, fifteen artists with backgrounds in 8 different Shorebird Flyway countries are creating new work in a variety of media that examines human refugee and migration experiences through the lens of shorebird migration. Art projects such as this are a way of making people aware of shorebirds, their amazing feats of migration and the challenges they face in the future. For more information about the exhibition, please go to http://www.kategorringesmith.com.au/news.html

 

EAGLE WATCH 2016

The single eaglet (SE17) missed the nest after jumping from a branch above on October 19 and landed on the ground. He was captured and taken to the Taronga Wildlife Hospital for a check-up. He was returned to the nest area on October 21 but again flew off and disappeared. He was found on October 23 on the saltmarsh in the Nature Reserve Wetlands but flew to nearby trees when approached. He was seen again in the Nature Reserve on November 1. Hopefully his parents will continue to feed him. For further news go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NSW BIRD ATLASSERS INC

The second Volume of “An Atlas of the Birds of NSW & the ACT” has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation in the Zoological Resources division of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW’ Whitley Awards. This means the book is considered by the RZS examiners to be the best of its kind this year. The third and final volume of the Atlas will be published next year.

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

COTTAGE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE IN KANDOS

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney has a cottage for hire in Kandos, which is within easy reach of the Capertee Valley. The cost for a weekend for up to 7 people is $250.00, which is significantly less than many other properties in the Capertee Valley. For more information about the cottage go to the website http://www.combinedartsocieties.com/  and click on CASS COTTAGE for the rates and information on how to book.

 

FLAT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE ON COMERONG ISLAND

The flat is attached to a house adjacent to Comerong Nature Reserve. It sleeps around four people and is fully set up for visitors. The island is accessed by a car punt to the island. The flat is a 15 minute walk from the rainforest and the beach. The Nature Reserve encompasses part of the Shoalhaven Estuary, which is a great habitat for shorebirds (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Comerong-Island-Nature-Reserve). For more information contact Julie Cunningham on comerongbirders@zoho.com or phone 0411 109813.

 

NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN FOR PLAINS WANDERER

Between 2010 and 2012, the population of Plains-wanderers declined by more than 90 per cent, mainly due to the loss or modification of its habitat. The new Recovery Plan outlines the key strategies that will be necessary to ensure the survival of the species. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery-plans/plains-wanderer-2016

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

The dates for the Bird Calls and Sound Recording Courses with Fred Van Gessel have had to be changed to 2017. Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2017 will be 11/12 February, 22/23 April, 22/23 July, 14/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2016

Please note that outings may need to be cancelled or venues changed if there is a total fire ban. In particular national parks and nature reserves may be closed. Please contact the leader before the outing if there is a total fire ban in place.

 

November 2016

 

Saturday 5 November Club Outing: Lake Tallawarra. This is a joint walk with Illawarra Birders. Meet at 9:00 am on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Park on the left-hand-side about 300 metres from the turn-off opposite gate 37. Please bring morning tea to carry, lunch will be at the cars, you will also need a chair and a scope if you have one. The walk is approximately 3k and fairly flat, with a couple of rises. Leader: Nerida Hudspith 0424 417 484

 

Sunday 6 November Nestlings Outing (5 to 12 years): 9.00 am -11.00 am Buffalo Creek Reserve, Pittwater Road, East Ryde. Meeting place: Buffalo Creek Reserve car park. Contact: email nestlings@cboc.org.au or Wendy Cope 0408 460 200

 

Wednesday 9 November Central Coast Half-day Outing: Saratoga and Davistown.  Meet at 8:30 am at Saratoga Wetlands, Willaroo Close, Saratoga. Lunch at cars. Leader: Doug Hocking 4369 2770.

 

Saturday 12 November Club Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 9:00 at Wattle Forest Picnic Area near Audley. Turn into Lady Carrington Drive at Audley, then right over the timber bridge to the western side of the river. Turn left and meet at the last car park. Lunch at cars.  Leader: Trevor Waller 0467 977 508

 

Tuesday 22 November Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Speaker: Trevor Waller

Saturday 26 November Central Coast Club Outing: Spencer and Dharug National Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Spencer Store, Wisemans Ferry, Spencer. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer 4374 1163.

Wednesday 30 November Midweek Outing: Sydney Olympic Park / Mason Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Belvedere Lake, Bicentennial Park, parking area P10D. Proceed through the main gates, along the road past the Conference Centre until the lake is on your left hand side. The parking area is on the right, just after crossing the bridge. This will also be our Midweek Outing Christmas celebration, so please bring along a plate of something to share. Gradient: easy. Leader: Elisabeth Karplus 0421 665 553

 

December 2016

 

Saturday 3 December Christmas Outing: Scheyville and Mitchell Park. Please note this outing is a week earlier than usual. Meet at 8:30 am at the corner of Whitmore and Pitt Town Dural Roads, Maraylya. Flat but sometimes uneven walking tracks. Bring along some food to share for a Christmas picnic lunch in the first picnic area in Mitchell Park at about 12.30 pm. Leaders: Tom and Elisabeth Karplus 9816 2285, 0421 665 553

 

Tuesday 6 December Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. Annual General Meeting and Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture. Speaker: Paul Sullivan. The Club Christmas Party will be held after the lecture. Please bring finger food to share.

 

Wednesday 7 December CBOC Midweek Outing:  Longneck Lagoon and Blue Gum Creek. Meet at 8.30 am at the junction of Blue Gum and Annangrove Roads, Annangrove. Leader: Keith Brandwood 4575 1514 or 0447 457 554.

 

Saturday 10 December Central Coast Christmas Outing and Break-up: Mardi and Tuggerah. Meet at 7.30 am at Murrumbung Homestead, 37 The Valley Way, Mardi for an early morning walk. Morning tea at 10.00 am then a visit to McPherson Road Swamp and Central Coast Wetlands. Return at 12.30 pm to Murrumbung Homestead for BBQ Christmas Lunch and break-up (BYO meat and drinks, BBQs provided). Leaders: John and Carole Carpenter 4352 1060

 

Club Campout–Christmas 2016 to New Year 2017 starting December 26, 2016: Coolah Tops National Park. A campout has been arranged over the Christmas-New Year period at Coolah Tops National Park. Temperatures will be pleasant because of the high altitude and nights will be cool for sleeping. Please note that the access road is steep and could be rough if it has not been graded recently. Many of the roads within the park are closed during wet weather. Access to the main camping area at the Barracks is suitable for all vehicles with care. Turn off the Coolah-Merriwa Road about 4 km east of Coolah then travel about 20 km to the park. Bring everything that you need including drinking water. There is a pit-toilet at the campsite. Leader: Allan Richards 9660-8062

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 111              OCTOBER 2016

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. OCTOBER 17-23, 2016

Everyone is encouraged to take part. Go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ to register.

 

FEATHERED FRIENDS: A CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS. OCTOBER 17-23, 2016

At Platform 72; 62 Atchison Street, St Leonards, NSW 2065

This exhibition combines 45 pieces of individual bird art, featuring Angela Robertson-Buchanan’s close up macro bird headshots, Eggpicnic’s uniquely graphic bold birds & Lamice Ali’s delicate bird & feather drawings, carefully curated to inform about our wonderful Australian birdlife. Eggpicnic is run by Birding NSW members, Chris Macaluso and Camila De Gregorio.

Launch night: Wednesday October 19. For tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/feathered-friends-exhibition-opening-night-tickets-27919929260

Speakers on Saturday October 22 include Phil Straw. 20% of the proceeds go to BirdLife Australia. For more information on speakers go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/event/nsw-feathered-friends-art-exhibition/.

 

PIED OYSTERCATCHERS NESTING ON DEEBAN SPIT, MAIANBAR, PORT HACKING

Can you help to monitor the nest of a pair of Pied Oystercatchers? The first egg was laid on September 10 but a fox took the eggs on September 22. The Pied Oystercatchers are now prospecting for another nesting spot. For more information, please contact Julie Keating via ouroystercatchers@outlook.com. http://ouroystercatchers.wixsite.com/shireshorebirds.

 

THREATENED BIRD NETWORK’S NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER 2016

This is available for download at http://birdlife.org.au/documents/TBN-Volunteer43.pdf

 

‘FROM A HOME TO A HOME: A STORY OF MIGRATION’ A NEW ART PROJECT BY KATE GORRINGE-SMITH (creator of The Flyway Print Exchange). November 25 – December 8, 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

In ‘From a Home to a Home’, fifteen artists with backgrounds in 8 different Shorebird Flyway countries are creating new work in a variety of media that examines human refugee and migration experiences through the lens of shorebird migration. Art projects such as this are a way of making people aware of shorebirds, their amazing feats of migration and the challenges they face in the future. To make a donation towards this project, please go to https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/from-a-home-to-a-home-a-story-of-migration/.

 

COTTAGE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE IN KANDOS

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney has a cottage for hire in Kandos, which is within easy reach of the Capertee Valley. The cost for a weekend for up to 7 people is $250.00, which is significantly less than many other properties in the Capertee Valley. For more information about the cottage go to the website http://www.combinedartsocieties.com/  and click on CASS COTTAGE for the rates and information on how to book.

 

FLAT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE ON COMERONG ISLAND

The flat is attached to a house adjacent to Comerong Nature Reserve. It sleeps around four people and is fully set up for visitors. The island is accessed by a car punt to the island. The flat is a 15 minute walk from the rainforest and the beach. The Nature Reserve encompasses part of the Shoalhaven Estuary, which is a great habitat for shorebirds (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Comerong-Island-Nature-Reserve). For more information contact Julie Cunningham on comerongbirders@zoho.com or phone 0411 109813.

 

NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN FOR PLAINS WANDERER

Between 2010 and 2012, the population of Plains-wanderers declined by more than 90 per cent, mainly due to the loss or modification of its habitat. The new Recovery Plan outlines the key strategies that will be necessary to ensure the survival of the species. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery-plans/plains-wanderer-2016

 

DECLINE OF DUSKY WOODSWALLOWS

Numbers of Dusky Woodswallows are falling and the species has been listed as a threatened species in NSW and classified as Vulnerable. http://birdlife.org.au/media/decline-of-the-dusky/

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

“GREATER HONEYGUIDES SEEK OUT HUMAN HONEY HUNTERS”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-22/humans-and-wild-birds-talk-to-each-other-to-find-honey/7650038

 

“HOW SONGBIRDS ISLAND-HOPPED THEIR WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO COLONISE THE WORLD”

https://theconversation.com/how-songbirds-island-hopped-their-way-from-australia-to-colonise-the-world

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

The dates for the Bird Calls and Sound Recording Courses with Fred Van Gessel have had to be changed. Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The last survey dates for 2016 are 15/16 October. Survey dates for 2017 will be 11/12 February, 22/23 April, 22/23 July, 14/15 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2016

Please note that outings may need to be cancelled or venues changed if there is a total fire ban. In particular national parks and nature reserves may be closed. Please contact the leader before the outing if there is a total fire ban in place.

 

October 2016

 

Saturday 8 October Club Outing: Forest Trail, Royal National Park. Meet at 9.00 am at the carpark at the southern (Waterfall) end of Lady Carrington Drive. Carry morning tea; late lunch at cars. NB: park entry fee is applicable. Leader: Allan Richards 96608062; 0432 064 660

 

Wednesday 12 October Central Coast Half-day Outing: Bulls Quarry and Mount Penang. Meet 8.30 am at Bulls Quarry Entrance, Woy Woy Road, Kariong. Lunch at cars. Leader: Christina Port 0421 691 317.

 

Friday 14 October–Sunday 16 October Weekend Central Coast Campout: Harrington Big 4 Holiday Park. Meet at 8.30 am visiting Manning estuary, Crowdy Head, Coopernook and Harrington. Camp Leader: Graeme Catt 4340 2109

 

Saturday 15 October Club Outing: Mount Annan Botanic Garden. Meet at 8.30 am, just inside the entrance off Narellan Rd, Mount Annan. From the East: From the M5 Motorway take the Narellan Road exit – Route 9. Leaving the Motorway, take the right fork towards Camden/Narellan. Continue along Narellan Rd a few hundred metres and turn left at the traffic lights where you will see a new brown tourist sign ‘’The Australian Botanic Gardens’’. If you are coming from Narellan, pass by the old entry and look for the sign on right. Lunch at cars. Gradient: Easy. Leader: Ian Bailey 9821 4284; 0412 251 337

 

Wednesday 26 October Midweek Outing: Centennial Park and various other locations in the Botany Bay area. Meet at 8.30 am in Dickens Drive near The Learning Centre, Centennial Park. Bird watching within the park and other nearby areas. Leader: Judy Clark 0413 550 899

 

Saturday and Sunday 29 and 30 October 2016 Twitchathon. See the newsletter for details.

 

November 2016

 

Tuesday 1 November Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. “Photographic Competition” presented by Tom Karplus

 

Saturday 5 November Club Outing: Lake Tallawarra. This is a joint walk with Illawarra Birders. Meet at 9:00 am on Yallah Bay Road which leads to the Energy Australia Tallawarra Power Station. This is only accessible from the Princes Highway southbound from Dapto. Park on the left-hand-side about 300 metres from the turn-off opposite gate 37. Please bring morning tea to carry, lunch will be at the cars, you will also need a chair and a scope if you have one. The walk is approximately 3k and fairly flat, with a couple of rises. Leader: Nerida Hudspith 0424 417 484

 

Sunday 6 November Nestlings Outing (5 to 12 years): 9.00 am -11.00 am Buffalo Creek Reserve, Pittwater Road, East Ryde. Meeting place: Buffalo Creek Reserve car park. Contact: email nestlings@cboc.org.au or Wendy Cope 0408 460 200

 

Wednesday 9 November Central Coast Half-day Outing: Saratoga and Davistown.  Meet at 8:30 am at Saratoga Wetlands, Willaroo Close, Saratoga. Lunch at cars. Leader: Doug Hocking 4369 2770.

 

Saturday 12 November Club Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 9:00 at Wattle Forest Picnic Area near Audley. Turn into Lady Carrington Drive at Audley, then right over the timber bridge to the western side of the river. Turn left and meet at the last car park. Lunch at cars.  Leader: Trevor Waller 0467 977 508

 

Tuesday 22 November Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Speaker: Trevor Waller

Saturday 26 November Central Coast Club Outing: Spencer and Dharug National Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Spencer Store, Wisemans Ferry, Spencer. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer 4374 1163.

Wednesday 30 November Midweek Outing: Sydney Olympic Park / Mason Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Belvedere Lake, Bicentennial Park, parking area P10D. Proceed through the main gates, along the road past the Conference Centre until the lake is on your left hand side. The parking area is on the right, just after crossing the bridge. This will also be our Midweek Outing Christmas celebration, so please bring along a plate of something to share. Gradient: easy. Leader: Elisabeth Karplus 0421 665 553

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


BIRDING BULLETIN 110

SEPTEMBER 2016
10TH ANNUAL BIRD WEEKEND AT RANKIN SPRINGS. OCTOBER 7-9, 2016

This features photography and art competitions, an all – day bird watching tour and the guest speaker is Tim Low, author of “When Song Began”. For more information go to www.birdsofthebush.com.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY AND OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND CAMPOUT IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 30 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 3 2016

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

BIRDING NSW’S IMPORTANT BIRD AREA SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2016

If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

SPRING BIRD SURVEYS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

The 2016 survey will take place weekly on Tuesday mornings (6.30 am to about 9 am) from September 13 until November 1. If you would like to take part, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

COTTAGE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE IN KANDOS

The Combined Art Societies of Sydney has a cottage for hire in Kandos, which is within easy reach of the Capertee Valley. The cost for a weekend for up to 7 people is $250.00, which is significantly less than many other properties in the Capertee Valley. For more information about the cottage go to the website http://www.combinedartsocieties.com/  and click on CASS COTTAGE for the rates and information on how to book.

 

FLAT AVAILABLE FOR HIRE ON COMERONG ISLAND

The flat is attached to a house adjacent to Comerong Nature Reserve. It sleeps around four people and is fully set up for visitors. The island is accessed by a car punt. The flat is a 15 minute walk from the rainforest and the beach. The Nature Reserve encompasses part of the Shoalhaven Estuary, which is a great habitat for shorebirds (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Comerong-Island-Nature-Reserve). For more information contact Julie Cunningham on comerongbirders@zoho.com or phone 0411 109813.

 

NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN FOR PLAINS WANDERER

Between 2010 and 2012, the population of Plains-wanderers declined by more than 90 per cent, mainly due to the loss or modification of its habitat. The new Recovery Plan outlines the key strategies that will be necessary to ensure the survival of the species. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery-plans/plains-wanderer-2016

 

DECLINE OF DUSKY WOODSWALLOWS

Numbers of Dusky Woodswallows are falling and the species has been listed as a threatened species in NSW and classified as Vulnerable. http://birdlife.org.au/media/decline-of-the-dusky/

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. OCTOBER 17-23, 2016

Everyone is encouraged to take part. Go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ to register.

 

STUDY OF YELLOW-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS BY UNSW CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

You can help this study by providing sightings information. See http://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/content/conservation-practice/threatened-species/foraging-and-habitat-ecology-of-the-yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo

 

“GREATER HONEYGUIDES SEEK OUT HUMAN HONEY HUNTERS”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-22/humans-and-wild-birds-talk-to-each-other-to-find-honey/7650038

 

“HOW SONGBIRDS ISLAND-HOPPED THEIR WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO COLONISE THE WORLD”

https://theconversation.com/how-songbirds-island-hopped-their-way-from-australia-to-colonise-the-world

 

‘FROM A HOME TO A HOME: A STORY OF MIGRATION’ A NEW ART PROJECT BY KATE GORRINGE-SMITH (creator of The Flyway Print Exchange). November 25 – December 8, 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

In ‘From a Home to a Home’, fifteen artists with backgrounds in 8 different Shorebird Flyway countries are creating new work in a variety of media that examines human refugee and migration experiences through the lens of shorebird migration. Art projects such as this are a way of making people aware of shorebirds, their amazing feats of migration and the challenges they face in the future. To make a donation towards this project, please go to https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/from-a-home-to-a-home-a-story-of-migration/.

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

The dates for the Bird Calls and Sound Recording Courses with Fred Van Gessel have had to be changed. Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The last survey dates for 2016 are 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



PREVIOUS BULLETINS

JULY 2016

 

DRAFT NSW BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION BILL AND DRAFT LAND SERVICES AMENDMENT BILL

Birding NSW, Central Coast Group of Birding NSW and many other bird clubs in NSW made submissions on these bills. You can read the Birding NSW and BIGnet submissions on our website at http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/conservation/. Please consider writing to your state MP, to the Premier (https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/contact-premier-new-south-wales), to the Honourable Mark Speakman, Minister for the Environment (office@speakman.minister.nsw.gov.au), to the Leader of the Opposition, Luke Foley (leader.opposition@parliament.nsw.gov.au) and to the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Penny Sharpe (penny.sharpe@parliament.nsw.gov.au) to protest against this legislation.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY AND OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND CAMPOUT IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 30 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 3 2016

We still need surveyors for Birding NSW’s Regent Honeyeater Survey in the Capertee Valley during the October long weekend. There are 12 survey sites in the valley. The accommodation at Annabilla Farmstay has been taken up but there are other places to stay in the Capertee Valley and motels in Kandos and Rylstone. Please note that Glen Davis hosts the “Back to Glen Davis” that weekend so the Glen Davis camp ground will be full. However you can camp in the Capertee Valley National Park (see below). If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665 553 or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

A club campout is being arranged to coincide with the survey. The campsite is in Capertee National Park and camping sites must be reserved in advance online on the NSW National Parks website (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Capertee-National-Park). Picnic tables, barbeque facilities and toilets are provided. Bring everything else that you need including water. There is limited/no mobile reception within the park. A code will be provided for the gate to enter the park. Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660.

 

BIRDING NSW’s IMPORTANT BIRD AREA SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2016

This will be our 11th survey. We survey on about 30 sites. If you would like more information or would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

SPRING BIRD SURVEYS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

Spring bird surveys have been undertaken in Sydney Olympic Park for the last 12 years. Each year 50 sites within Sydney Olympic Park are surveyed weekly for eight weeks. The 2016 survey will take place weekly on Tuesday mornings (6.30 am to about 9 am) from September 13 until November 1. There is an Information and Training meeting on Tuesday September 6 for new and returning surveyors. Surveyors cover three to four sites on each survey day. You don’t have to do every survey – even taking part in a couple of surveys will be helpful. If you would like more information or would like to take part in the weekly surveys, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665553.

 

NEW LISTINGS UNDER FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LEGISLATION

On May 5, 2016, the Minister for the Environment approved the inclusion of additional species as threatened under the EPBC Act of which several species were birds. The Great Knot and Northern Siberian Bar-tailed Godwit (menzbieri) were listed as Critically Endangered. The Carpentarian Grasswren, Red Knot, and Lesser Sand Plover were listed as Endangered. The Greater Sand Plover and Western Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwit (bauera) were listed as Vulnerable. In addition the threat status of the Swift Parrot was raised from Endangered to Critically Endangered. The status of the Superb Parrot and the Crested Shrike-tit (northern) was reassessed and they were retained in the Vulnerable category. The Western Corella (Muir’s Corella) was deleted from the Vulnerable category following effective conservation action.

 

“HOLLOWS AS HOMES” PROJECT

This project, organised by the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, aims to assess the availability of hollows and their use by wildlife. In NSW the loss of hollow-bearing trees has been listed as a key threatening process to the survival of 40 species threatened with extinction. For more information on how to become involved in this project and to provide information on hollows please go to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Hollows-as-Homes/Hollows-as-Homes.

 

KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR EMU FEATHERS

NPWS and Western Sydney University are collecting Emu feathers from across eastern Australia to examine patterns of dispersal, diet and gene flow of the Emu to inform management of Emus, particularly the endangered coastal population in NSW. If you find Emu feathers (preferably in bunches of 4-5 feathers) while traveling in NSW, Victoria or Queensland, please consider collecting them and sending them to Ms Julia Ryeland (M14.G.1), Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, UWS Hawkesbury Campus, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith NSW 2751 Australia. Contact Julia at Julia.ryeland@westernsydney.edu.au.

 

HOW TO PROTECT IBAs IN DANGER

BirdLife International has chosen the Hunter IBA as one of its six case studies on how to protect habitat in an IBA. Read about this at http://birdlife.org.au/media/regents-show-the-way/.

 

EAGLE WATCH 2016 OF PARRAMATTA SEA-EAGLES

A new female White-bellied Sea-Eagle has moved into the territory and appears to be bonding well with the male. http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam.

 

‘FROM A HOME TO A HOME: A STORY OF MIGRATION’ A NEW ART PROJECT BY KATE GORRINGE-SMITH (creator of The Flyway Print Exchange). November 25 – December 8, 2016, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

In ‘From a Home to a Home’, fifteen artists with backgrounds in 8 different Shorebird Flyway countries are creating new work in a variety of media that examines human refugee and migration experiences through the lens of shorebird migration. Art projects such as this are a way of making people aware of shorebirds, their amazing feats of migration and the challenges they face in the future. To make a donation towards this project, please go to https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/from-a-home-to-a-home-a-story-of-migration/.

 

“GARDENS OF STONE: IN FOCUS” PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION. September 17-18, 2016 at the New Law Building, University of Sydney

The Colong Foundation took photographers into the Gardens of Stone and Newnes Plateau in 2015. The photographs taken are shown in this exhibition to support the campaign to protect this area from mining. To register for this free event go to https://www.colongwilderness.org.au/campaigns/the-gardens-of-stone/gardens-stone-focus-photographic-competition

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

Saturday 22 October: Bird Calls Course and Sunday 23 October Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

Saturday 19 November: Sound Recording Course and Sunday 20 November Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

 

VISIT ANTARCTICA WITH BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA. Expedition departs November 16, 2016

Go to http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/birdlifeaustralia to download the brochure.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 108

JUNE 2016

 

ABC RADIO NATIONAL “OFF TRACK” PROGRAMME ON MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS

This four part radio programme is broadcast at 10.30 am on Saturday mornings or can be downloaded (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/). The first episode was on June 4, 2016. It was very interesting and the series is well worth listening to.

 

DRAFT NSW BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION BILL AND DRAFT LAND SERVICES AMENDMENT BILL

The draft bills have been released for comment and submissions are due by June 28, 2016. Please consider contacting your state Member of Parliament and making a submission as conservationists regard this proposed legislation as a serious threat to wildlife. The draft Land Services Amendment Bill will replace the current Native Vegetation Act. One of the major features of the proposed legislation is that it will include self-assessable codes for landscape clearing without any clear environmental targets. This is likely to lead to increased clearing with detrimental effects particularly on woodland birds, many of whom are already declining or listed as threatened in NSW. To read the documents and make a submission, please go to www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au/have-your-say/. Look at the information and consider signing the petition at http://www.standupfornature.org.au/. There is more information in the June newsletter. If you would like to see information about the proposed legislation from the Nature Conservation Council or Environmental Defenders Office, please contact me on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY AND OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND CAMPOUT IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 30 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 3 2016

We still need surveyors for Birding NSW’s Regent Honeyeater Survey in the Capertee Valley during the October long weekend. There are 12 survey sites in the valley. The accommodation at Annabilla Farmstay has been taken up but there are other places to stay in the Capertee Valley and motels in Kandos and Rylstone. Please note that Glen Davis hosts the “Back to Glen Davis” that weekend so the Glen Davis camp ground will be full. However you can camp in the Capertee Valley National Park (see below). If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665 553 or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

A club campout is being arranged to coincide with the survey. The campsite is in Capertee National Park and camping sites must be reserved in advance online on the NSW National Parks website (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Capertee-National-Park). Picnic tables, barbeque facilities and toilets are provided. Bring everything else that you need including water. There is limited/no mobile reception within the park. A code will be provided for the gate to enter the park. Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

 

NEW LISTINGS UNDER FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES LEGISLATION

On May 5, 2016, the Minister for the Environment approved the inclusion of additional species as threatened under the EPBC Act of which several species were birds. The Great Knot and Northern Siberian Bar-tailed Godwit (menzbieri) were listed as Critically Endangered. The Carpentarian Grasswren, Red Knot, and Lesser Sand Plover were listed as Endangered. The Greater Sand Plover and Western Alaskan Bar-tailed Godwit (bauera) were listed as Vulnerable. In addition the threat status of the Swift Parrot was raised from Endangered to Critically Endangered. The status of the Superb Parrot and the Crested Shrike-tit (northern) was reassessed and they were retained in the Vulnerable category. The Western Corella (Muir’s Corella) was deleted from the Vulnerable category following effective conservation action.

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS

In April BirdLife Australia hosted Australia’s first Migratory Shorebirds summit. At the summit the Federal Minister for the Environment launched the Wildlife Conservation plan for migratory shorebirds. The plan can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/wildlife-conservation-plan-migratory-shorebirds-2016.

UPDATE FROM BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT

Message from Matt Herring “(Bittern) Neil has dispersed to Moodie Swamp near Tungamah, and one of our other bitterns was photographed yesterday near Melbourne. There’s a good chance it’s Robbie!”

http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/neil-flies-450-km-to-moodie-swamp-robbie-at-tootgarook/

 

GREAT WESTERN WOODLANDS REPORT

This report of surveys in the Great Western Woodlands of Western Australia is available at BirdLife Australia (birdlife.org.au/media/great-western-woodlands-truly-great-for-birds/). As well as a link to the full report, there is a link to a short video about the Great Western Woodlands and some of the birds found there.

 

ADDITIONAL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES

Included among projects to receive funding is a Hunter Bird Observers Club project to restore saltmarsh habitat for migratory shorebirds including Eastern Curlew at flyway sites. Congratulations to HBOC for obtaining this funding.

 

BIRD TRIP TO CAPE YORK. SEPTEMBER 12 – 23, 2016

Illawarra Birders are organising a camping trip from Cairns to Cape York through Simon Mustoe of Wild Diaries. A few spaces remain. If you would like more information, please go to http://wildiaries.com/tours/173-Illawarra-Birders-Club-Cape-York-Tour.

 

“HOLLOWS AS HOMES” PROJECT

This project, organised by the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, aims to assess the availability of hollows and their use by wildlife. In NSW the loss of hollow-bearing trees has been listed as a key threatening process to the survival of 40 species threatened with extinction. For more information on how to become involved in this project and to provide information on hollows please go to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Hollows-as-Homes/Hollows-as-Homes.

 

EAGLE WATCH 2016 OF PARRAMATTA SEA-EAGLES

A new female White-bellied Sea-Eagle has moved into the territory and appears to be bonding well with the male. http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam.

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

Saturday 13 August: Raptor Course and Sunday 14 August Field Day with Stephen Debus

Saturday 23 October: Bird Calls Course and Sunday 24 October Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

Saturday 19 November: Sound Recording Course and Sunday 20 November Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

 

VISIT ANTARCTICA WITH BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA. Expedition departs November 16, 2016

Go to http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/birdlifeaustralia to download the brochure.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



BIRDING BULLETIN 107

 

IDENTIFICATION OF SMALL BROWN BIRDS. MAY 12, 2016 at 7 pm

Allan Richardson (Hunter Bird Observers Club) will give a talk on identifying small brown birds at Ku- ring-gai Council Chambers, 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon. The event is free but booking is required.

For information and booking go to http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/Things_to_do/Events_activities/Whats_on/Small_brown_birds

 

DRAFT NSW BIODIVERSITY ACT

The draft bill has been released for comment. Please consider making submissions to your state member of parliament as conservationists regard this proposed legislation as a serious threat to wildlife. More information will be in the next newsletter. To read the documents, please go to www.landmanagement.nsw.gov.au .  If you would like to sign the petition from the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, please go to http://www.nature.org.au/get-involved/take-action/stand-up- for-nature- stop-land- clearing/

The draft Act would change the nature of NSW biodiversity protection:

  1. From our current regulatory system where the impact of development proposals is assessed (where unacceptable impacts are refused and/or challenged in court)
  2. To an offset based system where developments are approved so long as funds are paid to protect and restore biodiversity elsewhere (with no effective refusal or challenge in court) The offset system or Biobanking is used to generate credits which are sold to developers to offset their projects or to generate credits to assess environmental impact at a proposed development.

However the BioBanking calculator assumes that a parcel of land contains important bird species based on a vegetation survey of the site and not on actually observing the bird species to be present. Under the BioBanking scheme, if you protect any patch of any vegetation type in NSW, you are considered to be automatically protecting a suite of &#39;Ecosystem credit species&#39; (BioBanking jargon for birds and other fauna that are listed under NSW State legislation) which are assumed to be present on your site. There has been no consideration placed on whether the BioBanking sites truly have those birds or not. We need to convince the government / regulators that no bird should be &#39;automatically assumed present&#39; in an Offset Site. If a proposed Development/Impact Site is assumed (or known) to support a suite of bird species, then the &#39;Offset Site&#39; must truly contain that species and support it (and be confirmed by expert Ecologists or Birders) to enable that Offset Site to adequately provide at least some protection to those species.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY AND OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND CAMPOUT IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, 30 SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 3 2016

We need surveyors for Birding NSW’s Regent Honeyeater Survey in the Capertee Valley during the October long weekend. There are 12 survey sites in the valley. Accommodation will be available for up to eight people at Annabilla Farmstay (2602 Glen Davis Road, Glen Davis NSW 2846) on a first come first served basis. The cost will be about $50 per night. For those who wish to camp in Capertee National Park, camping sites must be reserved (see below). Please note that Glen Davis hosts the “Back to Glen Davis” that weekend so reservations need to be made as soon as possible. If you are interested in taking part in the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665 553 or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

A club campout is being arranged to coincide with the survey. The campsite is in Capertee National Park and camping sites must be reserved in advance online on the NSW National Parks website http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Capertee-National-Park.

Picnic tables, barbeque facilities and toilets are provided. Bring everything else that you need including water.  There is limited/no mobile reception within the park. A code will be provided for the gate to enter the park.

Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

BIRD TRIP TO CAPE YORK. SEPTEMBER 12 – 23, 2016

Illawarra Birders are organising a camping trip from Cairns to Cape York through Simon Mustoe of Wild Diaries. A few spaces remain. If you would like more information, please go to http://wildiaries.com/tours/173-Illawarra-Birders-Club-Cape-York-Tour.

 

“HOLLOWS AS HOMES” PROJECT

This project, organised by the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, aims to assess the availability of hollows and their use by wildlife. In NSW the loss of hollow-bearing trees has been listed as a key threatening process to the survival of 40 species threatened with extinction. For more information on how to become involved in this project and to provide information on hollows please go to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Hollows-as-Homes/Hollows-as-Homes.

 

A WIN FOR REGENT HONEYEATERS

In a win for the Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeater, the NSW Land and Environment Court found in favour of a challenge to the approval of a development which would have destroyed its habitat. In the decision, it was recognised that the Regent Honeyeater is in “grave peril” and that Cessnock City Council acted improperly in approving a Development Application for a steel fabrication facility in Regent Honeyeater habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) in the Lower Hunter Valley, NSW. http://birdlife.org.au/media/critical-court-win/

 

EAGLE WATCH 2016 OF PARRAMATTA SEA-EAGLES

A new female White-bellied Sea-Eagle has moved into the territory and appears to be bonding well with the male. http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eaglecam

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS

In April BirdLife Australia hosted Australia’s first Migratory Shorebirds summit. At the summit the Federal Minister for the Environment launched the Wildlife Conservation plan for migratory shorebirds. The plan can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/wildlife-conservation-plan-migratory-shorebirds-2016

 

GREY PLOVER MIGRATION

Satellite trackers were placed on four Grey Plovers in Broome and their course can be seen on http://birdlife.org.au/campaigns/the-marvel-of-migration

For more detailed information on where the birds are, go to http://birdlife.org.au/documents/AWSG-Grey_Plover_update- 04.05.16.pdf

 

COURSES RUN BY BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW IN 2016

Please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for further information.

Saturday 13 August: Raptor Course and Sunday 14 August Field Day with Stephen Debus

Saturday 23 October: Bird Calls Course and Sunday 24 October Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

Saturday 19 November: Sound Recording Course and Sunday 20 November Field Day with Fred Van Gessel

 

VISIT ANTARCTICA WITH BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA. Expedition departs November 16, 2016

Go to http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/birdlifeaustralia  to download the brochure.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

RSPB 2016 BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH

In this event in January, 8,262,662 birds were counted! The top bird was the House Sparrow. https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdwatch

 

MESMERIZING MIGRATION: WATCH 118 BIRD SPECIES MIGRATE ACROSS A MAP OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE

To watch this migration across North and South America, go to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/mesmerizing-migration-watch-118-bird-species-migrate-across-a-map-of-the-western-hemisphere.

 

THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY WALL OF BIRDS

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/wallofbirds .  Click on this link to explore the Cornell Lab’s Wall of Birds showing paintings of 270 species from all parts of the world.

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au.  Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 



  #106   APRIL 2016

 

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY. APRIL 29-MAY 1

The next tree planting in the Capertee Valley will take place on April 30. People are welcome to come on April 29 to help with laying out plants and guards. On May 1 people are free to go bird watching. To register or to make enquiries for the tree planting, please contact Wendy Fox on 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au. For more information go to http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/2016/03/capertee-valley-tree-planting-for-the-regent-honeyeater-29th-30th-april-2016/

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 19 – 22 APRIL 2016

Volunteers are needed to survey bird populations in the Warrumbungle National Park to monitor the recovery following the 2013 fires. For information about the bird count, go to  https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. If you have questions about the Bird Week or would like additional information, please contact Gillian Dunkerley at Gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au .

 

BIRD PORTRAITS BY PETER WALE, EVERGLADES GARDEN GALLERY, LEURA

This exhibition of drawings and paintings of birds and other wildlife opens on Saturday 2nd April, 2016 at 2 pm. It is then open on Wednesdays to Sundays until 1st May from 11 am to 3 pm. Entrance to the Everglades Gardens is free for National Trust members but costs $13 for other adults.

 

THREAT TO CARNABY’S BLACK-COCKATOOS

Despite strenuous efforts by conservationists to protect its important habitats, the Western Australian Government’s “Green Growth Plan” proposes devastating clearance of the food sources that currently support Perth’s population of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos. Under the current proposal, Gnangara Pine Plantation will be harvested completely by 2020. A further 14,100 hectares of native feeding habitat will also be cleared without replacement. By the government’s own estimates, Carnaby’s would lose more than 50% of their known habitat in the Perth–Peel region and the population size is projected to fall by a similar amount. The single most effective thing we can do to save Perth’s Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo is to participate in the public consultation process by making a submission. Download our template and factsheet from BirdLife Australia or email your concerns and suggestions to consultation@dpc.wa.gov.au to protect these important birds. More information at birdsyoulove.org and http://theconversation.com/cocky-count-how-perths-green-growth-plan-could-wipe-out-was-best-loved-bird-56442.

 

DUCK SHOOTING SEASON IN VICTORIA

Despite extensive input from BirdLife Australia and other conservation organisations, the duck shooting season in Victoria went ahead. Now there are reports of illegal shooting of protected species including Freckled Ducks.

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/duck-shooting-andrews-government-to-face-court-over-rare-duck-deaths-20160402-gnwqmd#ixzz44otl49MA

 

ON A LIGHTER NOTE, LOOK AT THIS VIDEO OF MAGPIES

https://www.facebook.com/thepetcollective/videos/1234623809885755/

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’s KIMBERLEY TREK 2016. 9-15 SEPTEMBER 2016

BirdLife Australia through Inspired Adventures is organising a trek through the East Kimberley starting in Kununurra, WA. For more information go to https://inspiredadventures.com.au/events/BirdLife-Australia-Kimberley-2016/ . Trekkers, who need to be fit, undertake to raise funds to support BirdLife Australia.

 

FEATHER MAP OF AUSTRALIA

This is a new citizen science initiative. By collecting the feathers of wetland birds which you find on the ground or in the water of inland wetlands, you will help researchers create the first ever Feather Map of Australia, which will provide information on how wetland birds move around the country. For more information go to http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au and https://www.ecosystem.unsw.edu.au/media-releases/stable-isotope-analysis-a-new-frontier-in-tracking-waterbirds-and-wetland-condition/feather-map-of-australia

 

THREATENED BIRD NETWORK VOLUNTEER NEWSLETTER

This is available from BirdLife Australia at http://direct.birdlife.org.au/documents/TBN-Volunteer-42-Mar16.pdf. It provides information about conservation activities throughout Australia.

 

FREE GUIDED BIRD WALKS IN NEWINGTON ARMORY. 10 am last Sunday of each month

Bookings are not necessary, just meet at the Visitors Centre inside the gate to the Armory at 10am. If you would like more information, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

THE CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY WALL OF BIRDS

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/wallofbirds. Click on this link to explore the Cornell Lab’s Wall of Birds showing paintings of 270 species from all parts of the world.

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR APRIL AND MAY 2016

Please note that outings may need to be cancelled or venues changed if there is a total fire ban. In particular national parks and nature reserves may be closed. Please contact the leader before the outing if there is a total fire ban in place.

 

APRIL 2016

 

Saturday 9 April Club Outing: Colo River, Ebenezer and Wilberforce. Meet 9.00 am at the south side of the Colo River Bridge on the Putty Road north of Wilberforce. Lunch at cars. Leader: Philip Brook

 

Saturday 16 April Club Outing: Chauvel Park to Lake Moore, Georges River, Chipping Norton. Meet at 8:00 am in the car park at Chauvel Park which is off Epsom Road not far from the Alfred Road roundabout. Carry morning tea. Finish around noon. Leader: Ian Bailey

 

Wednesday 20 April Central Coast Half-day Outing: Bow Wow Gorge and Kitchener. Meet 8.30 am corner Rodney Road and Sandy Creek Road, Mount Vincent. Lunch at cars. (Please note that this is the 3rd Wednesday and not the 2nd Wednesday of the month). Leader: Paul Wickham

 

Anzac Weekend Campout 23 – 25 April: Gloucester Holiday Park. Bird watching in national parks and other places in the Gloucester area. Meet at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday morning at the entrance to the caravan park. Return to camp for lunch on Saturday, lunch at cars on Sunday. Leader: Allan Richards

 

Tuesday 26 April Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. “Birding on the Edge of the Nullarbor Plain”. Speaker: Michael Scobie

 

Wednesday 27 April Midweek Outing: Pennant Hills Park, Pennant Hills. Meet at 8.30 am at the first parking area on the right within the park, which is off Britannia Street, Pennant Hills. Carry morning Tea and Lunch. Gradient: Medium – some rough bush tracks with some hills. Leader: Carol Abbott:

 

Friday 29 April – Sunday 1 May Tree Planting in the Capertee Valley: For further details, see notice in the newsletter or go to http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/2016/03/capertee-valley-tree-planting-for-the-regent-honeyeater-29th-30th-april-2016/ .

 

May 2016

 

Tuesday 3 May Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. “Birding in Madagascar”. Speaker: Leigh Hall.

 

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May Central Coast Campout: Kangaroo Valley Holiday Haven, 5 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley. Bookings 1300 559 977. Meet 8.30 am at the entrance to the Holiday Haven. Visits to Bellawongarah, Lake Wollumboola at Culburra, Shoalhaven Heads and Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. Leader: Michael Scobie

 

Saturday 7 May Club Outing: Mill Creek and Old Great North Road, Dharug National Park, Wiseman’s Ferry. Meet at 9.00 am in the Mill Creek Picnic Area. Lunch at cars. Leader: Paul Johnstone

 

Wednesday 11 May Central Coast Half Day Outing: Dharug National Park. Meet at 8:30 am at Spencer Wharf and Store, Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer

 

Saturday 14 May Club Outing: Chiltern Track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, Ingleside. Meet at 9.00 am at the end of Chiltern Road, off Mona Vale Road, Ingleside. Lunch at cars. Gradient: Easy walking along bush tracks. Leader:  Elisabeth Karplus:  Note change of leader.

 

Sunday 15 May Nestlings (5 to 12 years) Outing: Warriewood Wetlands 9 -11am. Meet at 9:00 am in Katoa Close, North Narrabeen. Bring morning snack, drink, hat and sunscreen. Contact Wendy Cope email nestlings@cboc.org.au

 

Tuesday 24 May Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. “The Big White Bird Survey”. Speaker: Dr John Martin

 

Wednesday 25 May Midweek Outing: Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve. Meet at 8.30 am at Katoa Close, Warriewood. Second meeting time at 10:00 am at Katoa Close, Warriewood. Lunch will be from cars. Gradient: Easy with bush tracks. Leader: Elisabeth Karplus:

 

Saturday 28 May Central Coast Outing: Bucketty and Mogo. Meet 8.30 am at the corner of George Downs Drive and Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty. Lunch at cars. Leaders: John and Carole Carpenter

 

 


 

 BIRDING BULLETIN 105         MARCH 2016

BIGnet MEETING. April 9 -10, The Learning Centre, Centennial Parklands, Randwick

Birding NSW is hosting the BIGnet meeting, where members of bird clubs in NSW gather to discuss conservation and other bird related issues. The meeting starts at 10 am on Saturday April 9 and finishes at lunch time on Sunday April 10. On Saturday afternoon there will be two seminars. The first of these is entitled “Using the data that we collect”. The full seminar programme will be placed on our website soon so please look at www.birdingnsw.org.au. If you would like to attend the seminars on Saturday afternoon or you would like to volunteer to help at the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 9816 2285 or 0421 665553.

 

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY. APRIL 30-MAY 1

The next tree planting in the Capertee Valley will take place on April 30. People are welcome to come on April 29 to help with laying out plants and guards. On May 1 people are free to go bird watching. To register or to make enquiries for the tree planting, please contact Wendy Fox on 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 19 – 22 APRIL 2016

Volunteers are needed to survey bird populations in the Warrumbungle National Park to monitor the recovery following the 2013 fires. For information about the bird count, go to  https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. If you have questions about the Bird Week or would like additional information, please contact Gillian Dunkerley at Gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au .

 

BUDGIES GALORE

Have a look at these pictures of thousands of Budgerigars at a waterhole: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3451068/80-000-budgies-form-tornado-waterhole-Australian-outback.html

 

BIRD PORTRAITS BY PETER WALE, EVERGLADES GARDEN GALLERY, LEURA

This exhibition of drawings and paintings of birds and other wildlife opens on Saturday 2nd April, 2016 at 2 pm. It is then open on Wednesdays to Sundays until 1st May from 11 am to 3 pm. Entrance to the Everglades Gardens is free for National Trust members but costs $13 for other adults.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’s KIMBERLEY TREK 2016. 9-15 SEPTEMBER 2016

BirdLife Australia through Inspired Adventures is organising a trek through the East Kimberley starting in Kununurra, WA. For more information go to https://inspiredadventures.com.au/events/BirdLife-Australia-Kimberley-2016/ . Trekkers, who need to be fit, undertake to raise funds to support BirdLife Australia.

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS

In January 2016, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment released this plan for migratory shorebirds. It is the second version of the plan and still the only Wildlife Conservation Plan published for any EPBC listed wildlife. The real task lies in implementing the plan and turning things around for shorebirds. IBA bird monitoring and habitat “Health-checks” will have a role to play in this. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/wildlife-conservation-plan-migratory-shorebirds-2016

 

BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT

The team have now put trackers on two more male Australasian Bitterns. The bitterns were persuaded into the traps by mirrors and the sound of booming. To see the photographs, go to http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/introducing-no-3-coly-lion-first-nest/

 

DECLINE IN HOUSE SPARROWS

Associate Professor Simon Griffith and his team of the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University are trying to recreate the recent history of the House Sparrow in Australia to develop a clear picture of where this urban species has been in the past, where it remains today, and the areas in which it has declined. You can read about the project at http://research.science.mq.edu.au/sparrownet/. The team would be grateful if you can complete a simple online survey about your observations and recollections of the sparrow. The survey can be accessed at https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QPDPwm2FGetVmB. The team would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so please send the link to others – birders or non-birders.

 

FEATHER MAP OF AUSTRALIA

This is a new citizen science initiative. By collecting the feathers of wetland birds which you find on the ground or in the water of inland wetlands, you will help researchers create the first ever Feather Map of Australia, which will provide information on how wetland birds move around the country. For more information go to http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au

 

ATLAS OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

The latest issue of Atlas News is available at http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/ATL-Atlas-News-21-Dec15.pdf. This contains information about the State of Australia’s Birds and the Australian Bird Indices as well as an update on progress for the new BirdLife Australia Conservation Portal, which will be launched in 2016.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 104  FEBRUARY 2016

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP AT BIGnet MEETING. April 9 -10

Birding NSW is hosting the BIGnet meeting, where members of bird clubs in NSW gather to discuss conservation and other bird related issues. The meeting will be held at the Learning Centre, Centennial Park. We need helpers to organise the meals and other tasks during the weekend. The meeting starts at 10 am on Saturday April 9 and finishes at lunch time on Sunday April 10. If you can help for all or part of the time, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 9816 2285.

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKSHOP. Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan. March 5. 8 – 11am

Well known club member, Trevor Waller is leading this bird photographic workshop. It will cover many strategies to improve your photographs of birds. During a walk around the gardens, you will photograph birds. Trevor will then provide feedback on the photographs taken. Breakfast and coffee are included. Number limited to 20 photographers. For more information and booking, go to https://www.australianbotanicgarden.com.au/What-s-On/Tamron-Birdlife-Photography.

 

10th GRENFELL IBA SURVEY. March 18 – 20

New surveyors are always welcome for this six monthly Important Bird Area survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell. If you would like to take part in the next survey and are not already on our email list, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

ANNUAL NEWHAVEN BIRD SURVEY. MARCH 5 – 19

The annual Newhaven Bird Survey will be held between 5 and 19 March 2016. Newhaven lies 340 kms north west of Alice Springs in the Great Sandy Desert. If you are interested in surveying please contact the survey coordinator, Judith Hoyle, on 0437 549301 or email her at puffin_54@hotmail.com for further information.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW SEMINAR AND AGM. SATURDAY MARCH 12. 9.30 am to 4 pm

Theatre 22 (Theatrette), Newington Armory, 1 Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park

In a seminar on “Bird Breeding”, speakers will discuss a range of birds including Regent Honeyeaters and birds, which breed in Sydney Olympic Park. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 9647 1033 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au or go to http://direct.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-agm1/birdlife-southern-nsw/ to download a registration form.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 19 – 22 APRIL 2016

Volunteers are needed to survey bird populations in the Warrumbungle National Park to monitor the recovery following the 2013 fires. For information about the bird count, go to  https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. If you have questions about the Bird Week or would like additional information, please contact Gillian Dunkerley at Gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au .

 

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PLAN FOR MIGRATORY SHOREBIRDS

In January 2016, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment released this plan for migratory shorebirds. It is the second version of the plan and still the only Wildlife Conservation Plan published for any EPBC listed wildlife. The real task lies in implementing the plan and turning things around for shorebirds. IBA bird monitoring and habitat “Health-checks” will have a role to play in this. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/wildlife-conservation-plan-migratory-shorebirds-2016

 

BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT

The team have now put trackers on two more male Australasian Bitterns. The bitterns were persuaded into the traps by mirrors and the sound of booming. To see the photographs, go to http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/introducing-no-3-coly-lion-first-nest/

 

SEA-EAGLE UPDATE

The first eaglet to hatch (SE15) last year was unable to fly because of abnormalities in his feathers and has been cared for at Taronga Wildlife Hospital. Unfortunately new feathers were also abnormal and the bird’s condition deteriorated so it was decided to euthanize him. An autopsy has been performed and specimens obtained for persistent organic pollutants.

 

DECLINE IN HOUSE SPARROWS

Associate Professor Simon Griffith and his team of the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University are trying to recreate the recent history of the House Sparrow in Australia to develop a clear picture of where this urban species has been in the past, where it remains today, and the areas in which it has declined. You can read about the project at http://research.science.mq.edu.au/sparrownet/. The team would be grateful if you can complete a simple online survey about your observations and recollections of the sparrow. The survey can be accessed at https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QPDPwm2FGetVmB. The team would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so please send the link to others – birders or non-birders.

 

FEATHER MAP OF AUSTRALIA

This is a new citizen science initiative. By collecting the feathers of wetland birds which you find on the ground or in the water of inland wetlands, you will help researchers create the first ever Feather Map of Australia, which will provide information on how wetland birds move around the country. For more information go to http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au

 

A MURMURATION OF STARLINGS

This video from Israel shows large numbers of Common Starlings preparing to roost. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-12/starlings-mesmerise-over-the-sky-in-israel/7084416

 

ATLAS OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

The latest issue of Atlas News is available at http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/ATL-Atlas-News-21-Dec15.pdf. This contains information about the State of Australia’s Birds and the Australian Bird Indices as well as an update on progress for the new BirdLife Australia Conservation Portal, which will be launched in 2016.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 103 JANUARY 2016

 

BIRDING NSW WISHES A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL READERS OF THE BIRDING BULLETIN

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW SEMINAR AND AGM. SATURDAY MARCH 12. Starting at 9.30 am

Theatre 22 (Theatrette), Newington Armory, 1 Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park

In a seminar on “Bird Breeding”, speakers will discuss a range of birds including Regent Honeyeaters and birds, which breed in Sydney Olympic Park. For more information and reservations, please call (02) 4376 1001 or email southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

DECLINE IN HOUSE SPARROWS

Associate Professor Simon Griffith and his team of the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University are trying to recreate the recent history of the House Sparrow in Australia to develop a clear picture of where this urban species has been in the past, where it remains today, and the areas in which it has declined. You can read about the project at http://research.science.mq.edu.au/sparrownet/. The team would be grateful if you can complete a simple online survey about your observations and recollections of the sparrow. The survey can be accessed at https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QPDPwm2FGetVmB. The team would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so please send the link to others – birders or non-birders.

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES

The information below came from “Illawarra Birding”, the official newsletter of Illawarra Birders.

In November 2015, BirdLife International and the Government of Seocheon County in South Korea signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to conserve shorebird habitat in the Geum Estuary. The Geum Estuary is now the most important wetland in South Korea for migrating shorebirds, following the reclamation of the huge mudflats at nearby Saemangeum. It supports internationally important numbers of 16 shorebird species, including the critically endangered Eastern Curlew, Great Knot and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Shorebird numbers in the region have plummeted because of the rapid loss of the intertidal wetlands in the Yellow Sea region which have declined by 65% in the last 50 years. Shorebirds rely on these areas to refuel on their long migrations from the breeding grounds in Eastern Russia to South-East Asia and Australasia. Shorebird numbers in Australia have also dropped recently. Lesser Sandplover numbers have dropped by 84% over the past 24 years and this bird is the next most likely shorebird to require listing as an endangered species.

 

ATLAS OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS

The latest issue of Atlas News is available at http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/ATL-Atlas-News-21-Dec15.pdf. This contains information about the State of Australia’s Birds and the Australian Bird Indices as well as an update on progress for the new BirdLife Australia Conservation Portal, which will be launched in 2016.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.


 

 

BIRDING BULLETIN 102  DECEMBER 2015

BIRDING NSW WISHES A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL READERS OF THE BIRDING BULLETIN

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2015

Between 19 and 25 October, 2015, 42,298 Australians submitted check lists to BirdLife Australia and counted 1,009,894 birds in different parts of Australia with 563 species included. About 10,000 more checklists were submitted this year compared with 2014. The top 10 species were Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner, Australian Magpie, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, House Sparrow, Galah, Red Wattlebird, Common Myna, Welcome Swallow and Silver Gull. Rainbow Lorikeets were in the top three in every state except ACT and Tasmania. For more information go to http://aussiebirdcount.org.au/results/.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER RESEARCH IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY

A PhD student from the Fenner School of the Australian National University is undertaking research into the Regent Honeyeater to learn more about the threats to this critically endangered bird. At present he is monitoring a number of nests in the Capertee National Park and an adjacent private property. There are cameras recording activity at several nests. These have revealed predation by possums and sugar gliders. Below is a link to an article and film clip about predation by Sugar Gliders on Regent Honeyeater nests in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in NE Victoria. http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Birdlife_Remote_camera_captures_new_threat_to_Regent_Honeyeaters.aspx?s_id=852207815

 

DECLINE IN HOUSE SPARROWS

Associate Professor Simon Griffith and his team of the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University are trying to recreate the recent history of the House Sparrow in Australia to develop a clear picture of where this urban species has been in the past, where it remains today, and the areas in which it has declined. You can read about the project at http://research.science.mq.edu.au/sparrownet/. The team would be grateful if you can complete a simple online survey about your observations and recollections of the sparrow. The survey can be accessed at https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QPDPwm2FGetVmB. The team would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so please send the link to others – birders or non-birders.

 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE CHICKS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

One of the chicks (S16) is flying freely and was probably sighted on December 1 in the Nature Reserve Wetlands. The other chick remains in Taronga Wildlife Hospital for assessment of his abnormal wing structure. For a photo montage of chick S15 being taken to Taronga Wildlife Hospital go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tda37opAeUw&feature=youtu.be.

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Federal Government has recently re-approved the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. This once again threatens the endangered Black-throated Finch’s habitat in the Galilee Basin. Birdlife Australia is working in partnership with other environmental organisations to push for stronger laws to protect the environment in Australia. For more information go to http://www.placesyoulove.org/who-we-are/protecting-nature-laws/.

 

The numbers of the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo have dropped further according to recent surveys around Perth. This is related to habitat destruction as Perth suburbs expand into bushland. In addition the Western Australian government is planning to clear 23,000 hectares of pine plantations into which the Black Cockatoos have moved for food and shelter. BirdLife Australia is asking people to support these birds by signing a petition to the state and federal governments to prevent the clearing. To access the petition and for more information, go to http://birdlife.org.au/projects/southwest-black-cockatoo-recovery/how-can-you-help.

 

PROPERTY IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY

A property in the Capertee Valley is for sale on the road to Glen Davis. It is adjacent to “Windmill”, one of the sites covered in the Regent Honeyeater survey. This is in an excellent birding area and in past years large numbers of Regent Honeyeaters have been seen on this property so it would be good if the property went to people, who are interested in conservation. The Regent Honeyeater Recovery Programme has been alerted to the sale by the owners of “Windmill”. More information can be obtained by contacting the licensee – Lyn Richardson on 02 6379 7288, 0402 091 486 or lyn.somerset@skymesh.com.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe33@gmail.com

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.


 

Birding Bulletin 101     November  2015

UPDATE ON ROBBIE, THE AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN

Robbie’s minders (Mark Robb, Coleambally Irrigation; Matt Herring, Murray Wildlife; & Neil Bull, Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia) represented the Bitterns in Rice Project at the Global Food Security Conference at Cornell University in New York and then visited rice growing areas in California to learn how they combine agriculture with conservation – a wonderful good news story. Read more at http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/conference-round-up-californian-inspiration/ . For an update on Robbie’s recent movements go to http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/robbie-back-in-vic-while-rice-season-begins/.

 

DECLINE IN HOUSE SPARROWS

Associate Professor Simon Griffith and his team of the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group at Macquarie University are trying to recreate the recent history of the House Sparrow in Australia to develop a clear picture of where this urban species has been in the past, where it remains today, and the areas in which it has declined. You can read about the project at http://research.science.mq.edu.au/sparrownet/.  The team would be grateful if you can complete a simple online survey about your observations and recollections of the sparrow. The survey can be accessed at https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9QPDPwm2FGetVmB. The team would like as many people as possible to complete the survey so please send the link to others – birders or non-birders.

 

EAGLE CAM

The older eaglet fell while testing his wings and had to be rescued from the ground on November 1 and taken to an Avian vet. It was unclear whether his flight feathers were damaged or malformed. However he cannot fly so he cannot be returned to the nest and is now at the Taronga Wildlife Hospital. Meanwhile the younger eaglet is progressing well outside the nest.

http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Federal Government has recently re-approved the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. This once again threatens the endangered Black-throated Finch’s habitat in the Galilee Basin. Birdlife Australia is working in partnership with other environmental organisations to push for stronger laws to protect the environment in Australia. For more information go to http://www.placesyoulove.org/who-we-are/protecting-nature-laws/.

 

The numbers of the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo have dropped further according to recent surveys around Perth. This is related to habitat destruction as Perth suburbs expand into bushland. In addition the Western Australian government is planning to clear 23,000 hectares of pine plantations into which the Black Cockatoos have moved for food and shelter. BirdLife Australia is asking people to support these birds by signing a petition to the state and federal governments to prevent the clearing. To access the petition and for more information, go to http://birdlife.org.au/projects/southwest-black-cockatoo-recovery/how-can-you-help.

 

PROPERTY IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY

A property in the Capertee Valley is for sale on the road to Glen Davis. It is adjacent to “Windmill”, one of the sites covered in the Regent Honeyeater survey. This is in an excellent birding area and in past years large numbers of Regent Honeyeaters have been seen on this property so it would be good if the property went to people, who are interested in conservation. The Regent Honeyeater Recovery Programme has been alerted to the sale by the owners of “Windmill”. More information can be obtained by contacting the licensee – Lyn Richardson on 02 6379 7288, 0402 091 486 or lyn.somerset@skymesh.com.au.

 

NATURE CONSERVATION COUNCIL: REPORT “NEW DEAL FOR NATURE”

The Nature Conservation Council has produced a report in response to the NSW Government’s proposal to change biodiversity and conservation laws in NSW. A copy of the Report can be downloaded from the NCC’s website (http://www.nature.org.au/campaigns/nature-laws/). It is a very large report. On the website there are also briefing notes and a flyer about the proposed legislation. The key parts of the proposed changes are shown below:-

  • Repealing the Native Vegetation Act2003 and Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
  • Discarding the legislative requirement to ‘maintain or improve biodiversity’
  • Requiring land clearing applications to be assessed as development under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act1979
  • Increasing the role of the Local Land Service in regulating agricultural management activities
  • Increasing the use of biodiversity offsets

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 6253 0772 or

mfyfe@tpg.com.au

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 2015

Please note that outings may need to be cancelled or venues changed if there is a total fire ban. In particular national parks and nature reserves may be closed. Please contact the leader before the outing if there is a total fire ban in place.

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

Saturday 14 November Club Outing: Sydney Olympic Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Belvedere Lake, Bicentennial Park, parking area P10D. Proceed through the main gates, along the road past the Conference Centre until the lake is on your left hand side. The parking area is on the right, just after crossing the bridge. Lunch at cars. Leader: Judy Harrington

 

Tuesday 24 November Central Coast Meeting: Meet in the Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm, “Birding in the Gulf of Carpentaria”. Speaker: Malcolm Hill.

 

Wednesday 25 November Mid-week Outing: Sydney Olympic Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Belvedere Lake, Bicentennial Park, parking area P10D. Proceed through the main gates, along the road past the Conference Centre until the lake is on your left hand side. The parking area is on the right, just after crossing the bridge. This will also be our Midweek Outing Christmas celebration, so please bring along a plate of something to share. Gradient: Easy. Leader: Elisabeth Karplus

 

Saturday 28 November Central Coast Outing: Spencer and Dharug National Park. Meet at 8.30 am at Spencer Store and Wharf, Wisemans Ferry Road, Spencer. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

Tuesday 1 December Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. Annual General Meeting and Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture, “Ring of Fire Part 2 – Seabirds, Volcanoes and History in Kamchatka and the Commander Islands”, speaker: Alan Rogers. The Club Christmas Party will be after the lecture. Please bring finger food to share.

 

Saturday 5 December Christmas Outing: Scheyville and Mitchell Park. Meet at 8:30 am at the corner of Whitmore and Pitt Town Dural Roads, Maraylya. Flat but sometimes uneven walking tracks. Bring along some food to share for a Christmas picnic lunch in the first picnic area in Mitchell Park at about 12.30 pm. Leaders: Tom and Elisabeth Karplus

 

Wednesday 9 December Central Coast Half-day Outing: Swansea. Meet at 8.30 am at Coon Island Parking area, near Caravan Park, Swansea. Lunch at cars. Leaders: John and Carol Carpenter.

Saturday 12 December Central Coast Christmas Outing and Break-up: Mardi and Tuggerah. Meet at 7.30 am at Murrumbung Homestead, 37 The Valley Way, Mardi for an early morning walk. Morning tea at 10.00 am then an outing to McPherson Road Swamp and Central Coast Wetlands. Return at 12.30 pm to Murrumbung Homestead for BBQ Christmas Lunch and break-up (BYO meat and drinks). Leaders: John and Carole Carpenter

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 100   OCTOBER 2015

TWITCHATHON OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 1. START TIME IS 4 PM

This year’s twitchathon will again support the Powerful Owl Project. For more information on the findings of this project visit http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/surveys/Powerful-Owl-Project. The additional funds will support a sixth year of study. You are encouraged to enter a team in the twitchathon and to fund raise to support your team. For information on the twitchathon, go to http://birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw/projects-initiatives-sn. For your twitchathon kit, contact Wendy Fox at the BirdLife Southern NSW office on (02) 9647 1033 or via email on southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

LOVE BIRDS SPRING 2015 EVENT IN NEW ZEALAND. OCTOBER 30 to NOVEMBER 1, 2015

The Department of Conservation and the Great Barrier Local Board are organising a weekend on Aotea Great Barrier Island for bird watchers and nature lovers. Reservations are due by October 16. The webpage for more information including the weekend’s itinerary, prices and booking is http://thegreatbarrier.co.nz/whats-happening/love-birds/ or email info@dgbi.co.nz.

 

GALSTON OPEN GARDENS. OCTOBER 17 – 19, 2015. 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Nine gardens around Galston are open for viewing including the garden of John Clarke, keen birder and member of the Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club. John’s address is 14, Odette Road, Dural. John has many birds in his garden so take your binoculars. Tickets are available at the Galston Club, 21, Arcadia Road or at any of the gardens. For more information go to www.galstongardenclub.com.au.

 

UPDATE ON ROBBIE, THE AUSTRALASIAN BITTERN

Robbie is back in the Riverina after a round trip of about 1270 km. He spent 20 weeks on the coast in South Australia and at Long Swamp in SW Victoria. He returned to Griffith and then flew on to Coleambally, where he was photographed. At the last report he was between Finley and Deniliquin. http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/robbie-photographed-before-moving-to-finley/. There is also a film available showing bittern activities at http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/bitterns-breeding-in-rice-film/ .

 

NATURE CONSERVATION COUNCIL: REPORT “NEW DEAL FOR NATURE”

The Nature Conservation Council has produced a report in response to the NSW Government’s proposal to change biodiversity and conservation laws in NSW. A copy of the Report can be downloaded from the NCC’s website (http://www.nature.org.au/campaigns/nature-laws/). It is a very large report. On the website there are also briefing notes and a flyer about the proposed legislation. The key parts of the proposed changes are shown below:-

  • Repealing the Native Vegetation Act2003 and Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995
  • Discarding the legislative requirement to ‘maintain or improve biodiversity’
  • Requiring land clearing applications to be assessed as development under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act1979
  • Increasing the role of the Local Land Service in regulating agricultural management activities
  • Increasing the use of biodiversity offsets

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’S STATE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIRDS 2015 HEADLINE REPORT

This can be accessed at http://birdlife.org.au/state-of-birds/. Initial results from the Terrestrial Bird Index suggest declines in many bird groups across most regions. It appears that the state of Australia’s biodiversity, as reflected by our birds, is deteriorating. Even the numbers of seemingly common species such as Laughing Kookaburras are decreasing on the east coast while there have been significant declines in some woodland species including Black-faced Cuckooshrikes and Peaceful Doves and aerial insectivores such as Rainbow Bee-eaters.

 

EAGLE CAM

The two chicks are growing well and can be viewed via the link below.

http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 6253 0772 or

mfyfe@tpg.com.au

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.


 

 

BIRDING BULLETIN 99    —    SEPTEMBER 2015

 

CHANGES TO THE EPBC ACT

The Howard Government enacted the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act in 1999 to protect Australia’s most threatened species. Following the Federal Court’s decision to overturn the approval of the Carmichael Mine in the Galilee Basin, the Federal Government is seeking to change the Act to remove the rights of members of the community to challenge environmental decisions made by the Government. The provisions in the Act allow Australian citizens to question in court the decisions made by Federal Environment Ministers in approving developments which impact on the environment, including threatened birds. It is important that these community safeguards are maintained. If you wish to learn more, please go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/public-scrutiny-protects-wildlife.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’S STATE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIRDS 2015 HEADLINE REPORT

This can be accessed at http://birdlife.org.au/state-of-birds/. Initial results from the Terrestrial Bird Index suggest declines in many bird groups across most regions. It appears that the state of Australia’s biodiversity, as reflected by our birds, is deteriorating. Even the numbers of seemingly common species such as Laughing Kookaburras are decreasing on the east coast while there have been significant declines in some woodland species including Black-faced Cuckooshrikes and Peaceful Doves and aerial insectivores such as Rainbow Bee-eaters.

 

10-50 VEGETATION CLEARING CODE

Birding NSW is asking its members to contact their state MPs to request that they make representations to The Honourable David Elliott MP, Minister for Emergency Services, that self-assessment for removing vegetation as allowed under the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code should cease. For more information to assist with your letters, please go to www.birdingnsw.org.au/conservation and look for “Stop the Chop”.

 

BLACK-THROATED FINCH (Southern race)

One population of the endangered Black-throated Finch (Southern race) is threatened with extinction if the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin is allowed to proceed. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/federal-court-decision-gives-finch-a-second-chance.

 

ENDANGERED SWIFT PARROTS

BirdLife Australia have released preliminary data from 2015 surveys showing that only 740 birds were reported this year – about half of those reported in 2013 or 2014. These findings mirror recent research by scientists from the Australian National University which indicate that Swift Parrots could decline by as much as 94 per cent over the next 16 years due to predation of eggs, young and adult birds by the introduced Sugar Gliders and due to removal of nest trees by logging.

 

GALSTON OPEN GARDENS. OCTOBER 17 – 19, 2015. 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Nine gardens around Galston are open for viewing including the garden of John Clarke, keen birder and member of the Cumberland Bird Observers’ Club. Tickets are available at the Galston Club, 21, Arcadia Road or at any of the gardens. For more information go to www.galstongardenclub.com.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER RECOVERY PROGRAMME. ANNUAL BIRD SURVEY IN CAPERTEE VALLEY

OCTOBER 2-5, 2015

Please consider joining this bird survey. Experienced and novice birders are welcome. There are 13 sites and each site takes 45 – 60 minutes to survey. The accommodation at “Brymair” is taken but other accommodation is available in the valley (www.bmbirding.com.au/valley3.html) or in motels in Kandos and Rylstone. To take part in this survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au, or call 0421 665553.

 

SOUTH WEST SLOPES IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA (IBA)

BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015

You are welcome to join this survey of 30 sites around Grenfell. Each site is surveyed for 20 minutes. To join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665553.

 

EAGLE CAM

The two chicks are growing well and can be viewed via the link below.

http://www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

Survey dates for 2016 are 13/14 February, 16/17 April, 16/17 July, 15/16 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 6253 0772 or

mfyfe@tpg.com.au

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


 

August 2015

10-50 VEGETATION CLEARING CODE

Birding NSW is asking its members to contact their state MPs to request that they make representations to The Honourable David Elliott MP, Minister for Emergency Services, that self-assessment for removing vegetation as allowed under the 10/50 Vegetation Clearing Code should cease. There is evidence that 10/50 has been abused with trees being removed for non-fire related reasons, and it remains unclear whether 10/50 does or does not mitigate the fire risk. In addition 10/50 could impact threatened species and eco-systems. The Code was brought in by the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in response to the 2013 bushfires in the Blue Mountains. The Code permits any home owner within 100 metres of prescribed bushland to self-assess whether any tree within 10 metres of their home, or undergrowth within 50 metres can be removed. A review is in process to determine whether the 10/50 code, which allows clearing without Council or RFS approval, should be retained in its current form. For more information to assist with your letters, please go to www.birdingnsw.org.au/conservation and look for “Stop the Chop”.

 

BLACK-THROATED FINCH (Southern race)

One population of the endangered Black-throated Finch (Southern race) is threatened with extinction if the Adani coal mine in the Galilee Basin is allowed to proceed. In the recent Queensland Environment Court case, the Adani experts did not dispute that key finch habitat would be destroyed and admitted that the proposed offset area may not be suitable habitat for the finches. The finch is listed as endangered under Federal and Queensland legislation. BirdLife Australia is asking that birders email Greg Hunt, the Federal Environment Minister, at Greg.Hunt.MP@environment.gov.au asking him to reconsider the decision to approve the mine based on new evidence (http://birdlife.org.au/media/federal-court-decision-gives-finch-a-second-chance).

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’S STATE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIRDS 2015 HEADLINE REPORT

This can be accessed at http://birdlife.org.au/state-of-birds/. Initial results from the Terrestrial Bird Index suggest declines in many bird groups in across most regions. It appears that the state of Australia’s biodiversity, as reflected by our birds, is deteriorating.

 

ENDANGERED HONEYEATERS

The Regent Honeyeater has been recognised as critically endangered under the Federal Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). In addition the NSW Government has provided almost $1 million over 6 years to increase efforts to save the Regent Honeyeater. A major component of the recovery plan is to conserve woodland habitat by covenanting private land. Meanwhile the Painted Honeyeater has been listed as vulnerable under the EPBC Act.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER RECOVERY PROGRAMME. ANNUAL BIRD SURVEY IN CAPERTEE VALLEY

OCTOBER 2-5, 2015

Please consider joining this bird survey. Experienced and novice birders are welcome. There are 13 sites and each site takes 45 – 60 minutes to survey. Limited accommodation is available at “Brymair”. Other accommodation is available in the valley (www.bmbirding.com.au/valley3.html) or in motels in Kandos and Rylstone. To take part in this survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au, or call 0421 665553.

 

 

 

SOUTH WEST SLOPES IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA (IBA)

BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2015

You are welcome to join this survey of 30 sites around Grenfell. Each site is surveyed for 20 minutes. To join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665553.

 

THE FIRST EGG HAS HATCHED!

For up to date video of the Sydney Olympic Park’s Sea-eagles in 2015 go to www.sea-eaglecam.org/video.html

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is open from 10 am to 4 pm on weekends. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Debbie Harris on 4739 1839 or by email on daisyproctor@yahoo.co.uk

 

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK “LIFE IN THE PARK”, AUGUST 16, 2015, 10 – 12. EDUCATION CENTRE

Two hours of short talks on urban ecology including talks on the birds taking up residence in cities, micro-bats and bird health in urban wetlands. For more information, go to www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au.

 

BIRD CALLS OF THE GREATER SYDNEY REGION, SEPTEMBER 12 – 13, 2015

This workshop will be led by Fred van Gessel, who is the current President of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group.

September 12: 9.15 am to 1.30 pm: BirdLife Australia Discovery Centre, Newington Armory, Jamieson Street, Newington (Sydney Olympic Park)

September 13: 8 am to 1 pm: Field Trip to Mitchell Park

Registration form from http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/ or contact wendy.fox@birdlife.org.au or phone (02) 9647 1033

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 


 

BIRDING BULLETIN 97    JULY 2015

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO JUDY HARRINGTON

Judy has been awarded the Exceptional Service Award by BirdLife Australia. She regularly leads outings in Sydney Olympic Park for the Club. She was instrumental in establishing EagleCam in 2009 to monitor the nesting of a pair of White-breasted Sea-eagles. For up to date news about Sydney Olympic Park’s Sea-eagles in 2015 go to www.birdlife.org.au/visit-us/discovery-centre/eagle-cam.

 

BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT

The website for this project can be found at http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au. The website provides information about the project, which brings together rice farmers and conservationists to learn more about how the endangered Australasian Bitterns use rice fields for nesting. Birding NSW has made a donation to this project.

BIRD CALLS OF THE GREATER SYDNEY REGION, SEPTEMBER 12 – 13, 2015

This workshop will be led by Fred Van Gessel, who is the current President of the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group.

September 12: 9.15 am to 1.30 pm: BirdLife Australia Discovery Centre, Newington Armory, Jamieson Street, Newington (Sydney Olympic Park)

September 13: 8 am to 1 pm: Field Trip to Mitchell Park

Registration form from http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/ or contact wendy.fox@birdlife.org.au or phone (02) 9647 1033

 

NORMA’S WEBSITE

Club member and painter, Norma Ikin, is well known to those who are able to attend the monthly meetings of the club as her greeting cards featuring Australian birds are available for sale. Now Norma has a website where you can view her cards and contact her. Please go to https://normaikin.wordpress.com/.

 

DISCOVER ANTARCTICA & SOUTH GEORGIA’S BIRDLIFE THIS YEAR

Aurora expeditions has joined forces with BirdLife Australia to offer an extensive tour to see the amazing birdlife of the area. The tour on the 54-passenger, Polar Pioneer, will be led by Mick Roderick. More information is available at http://www.birdlife.org.au/aurora-expeditions

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Eastern Curlew and Curlew Sandpiper have been recognised as Critically Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. http://birdlife.org.au/media/eastern-curlew-and-curlew-sandpiper-recognised-as-critically-endangered/

 

VOLUME 1 of AN ATLAS OF THE BIRDS OF NSW AND THE ACT

This is published by the New South Wales Atlassers Inc and it draws on about 5.6 million records of bird sightings from NSW and the ACT. It provides detailed information on 183 birds (breeding and regular migrants) from the Emu to the Plains-Wanderer. Volumes 2 and 3 will cover other NSW/ACT species. It can be obtained from Dick Cooper for $135.00 plus $25.00 postage. Send a cheque for $160.00 payable to NSW Bird Atlassers Inc to Dick Cooper, PO Box 717, Woolgoolga, NSW 2456 or make a direct deposit for $160 to NSW Bird Atlassers Inc account (BSB 704-328; account number 200434) and reference it Atlas and your name. Then email your name and your mailing address to Dick Cooper on origma505@gmail.com.

 

COWRA WOODLAND BIRD PROGRAMME

Bird surveys take place four times per year. Survey dates in 2015 are 14/15 February, 18/19 April, 18/19 July, and 17/18 October.   If you would like to join these surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 6253 0772 or mfyfe@tpg.com.au.

 

The Birding Bulletin is produced by Elisabeth Karplus and sent to members by Keith Morris. If you have comments to make about the Bulletin or you would like an item to be included in the Bulletin, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au. Please note that items may have to be shortened for inclusion in the bulletin.

 

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