<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 123

OCTOBER 2017

 

BIRDING NSW HAS A NEW MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY

Anne Van Roekel has taken over from Adrian Nieuwenhuizen as the Membership Secretary. Adrian is working with Anne to ensure a smooth handover. The Birding NSW committee is very grateful to Anne for taking on this important position. Anne’s contact details will be in the next newsletter.

 

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

There will be an array of stalls featuring bird tours, photographic and optical equipment, wildlife arts exhibits and information stalls for wildlife groups as well as a photographic competition and a programme of talks by experts in their fields. More details and tickets (much cheaper than at the gate) are available at www.birdfair.com.au. A downloadable schedule of the talks programme is available at: http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE BIRDING NSW STALL AT THE BIRD FAIR. NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

NEWINGTON ARMORY, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

We need volunteers to attend the Club’s information stall for the three days of the Bird Fair. We aim to have volunteers attend the stall for periods of two hours between 9 am and 4 pm. If you are able to help, please contact Tom Karplus on thomas.karplus@health.nsw.gov.au

 

TWITCHATHON. SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER, 2017

There will be three events – a 30 hour race (24 hours of birding with 6 hours of sleep!), a 12 hour race and a 3 hour “Birdathon”. Phillip Brook with Tom and Elisabeth Karplus will be doing the 12 hour race. If you want to enter a team, email twitchathon.aus@gmail.com and request a registration pack. In NSW we are fundraising for “Bitterns in Rice”. For the most recent update on this project go to http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/coleamballys-cumbungi-channels-to-coastal-coomonderry-swamp/.

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

RANKIN SPRINGS BIRDWATCHING WEEKEND. OCTOBER 6-8, 2017

Activities include early and late afternoon trips to local birding spots, concerts and barbecues. For more information / bookings, please email the Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group at lfwagroup@gmail.com.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. OCTOBER 5-8, 2017

This is an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the fire in 2013. Birds will be surveyed each morning. Please contact Patrick Tegart at Patrick.Tegart@environment.nsw.gov.au  for more information and to register your interest.

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. OCTOBER 23-29, 2017 DURING NATIONAL BIRD WEEK

Register to take part at aussiebirdcount.org.au . Last year 61,000 people completed one or more list of bird sightings so that 1.4 million birds were counted. This year the target is over 1.5 million birds. Last year sightings of 583 species were recorded with Rainbow Lorikeet, Noisy Miner and Australian Magpie topping the list of Australia’s most counted birds.

 

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

 

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.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. On Threatened Species Day (September 7), the Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, announced $1,000,000 in funding for Australia’s Critically Endangered Species. Birds likely to benefit include the Regent Honeyeater, the Mallee Emu-wren and the Western Ground Parrot. http://birdlife.org.au/media/welcome-funding-for-threatened-birds/
  2. We are asked to be on the lookout for escaped Indian Ringnecks. If they become established in the wild, these aggressive parrots will take over nest holes from native birds. If you see an Indian Ringneck in the wild, contact your state’s Conservation Department. http://birdlife.org.au/media/be-on-the-lookout/

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

The remaining survey dates for 2017 are 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 122

SEPTEMBER 2017

 

BIRDING NSW NEEDS A NEW MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY IMMEDIATELY!

Adrian Nieuwenhuizen has resigned from the Birding NSW committee after 10 years as membership secretary. The main roles of the membership secretary are to process new member applications and member renewals, update the excel database and deal with any snail mail sent to the Club’s PO Box. Adrian will provide training for the job. If you are able to do the job or are interested in learning more, please contact Tom Karplus on 9816 2285 (evenings) or by email at Thomas.Karplus@health.nsw.gov.au

 

ANNUAL BIRDING NSW REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY. CAPERTEE VALLEY. OCTOBER 6-8, 2017

We are looking for surveyors to take part in the Regent Honeyeater survey on Saturday October 7. Birding NSW has been involved with the surveys for Regent Honeyeaters for over 20 years. Each year surveys take place in August (BirdLife Southern NSW), September (Cumberland Bird Observers Club) and October (Birding NSW). A few places for accommodation remain available at the Homestead in Capertee Valley National Park for surveyors. If you would like to take part in the survey and particularly if you would like to stay at the Homestead, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

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

There will be an array of stalls featuring bird tours, photographic and optical equipment, wildlife arts exhibits and information stalls for wildlife groups as well as a photographic competition and a programme of talks by experts in their fields. More details and tickets (much cheaper than at the gate) are available at www.birdfair.com.au.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE BIRDING NSW STALL AT THE BIRD FAIR. NOVEMBER 3-5, 2017

NEWINGTON ARMORY, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

We need volunteers to attend the Club’s information stall for the three days of the Bird Fair. We aim to have volunteers attend the stall for periods of two hours between 9 am and 4 pm each day. If you are able to help, please contact Ian Bailey on ibails@bigpond.net.au or Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

TWITCHATHON. SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER, 2017

There will be three events – a 30 hour race (24 hours of birding with 6 hours of sleep!), a 12 hour race and a 3 hour “Birdathon”. Phillip Brook with Tom and Elisabeth Karplus will be doing the 12 hour race. Please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au if you want to join our team. If you want to enter your own team, email twitchathon.aus@gmail.com and request a registration pack. In NSW we are fundraising for “Bitterns in Rice”. For the most recent update on this project go to http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/coleamballys-cumbungi-channels-to-coastal-coomonderry-swamp/.

 

LOOKING FOR GANG-GANG COCKATOOS IN LANE COVE VALLEY, SYDNEY

Tom Wilson, a club member, has been approached by a conservation officer from Ku-Ring-Gai Council with disturbing news that the last reported sighting of a Gang-gang Cockatoo in the Lane Cove Valley (northern Sydney) was in December 2016.  It has been surmised that they are (sadly) locally extinct in the valley.  If you have more recent evidence that would help show that this is not the case, please can you forward as much detail as possible to Tom Wilson, who will collate and forward all information to the council officer. Ideally, please can you provide the following information: Date and Time of observation; Location; Number and Mix of Birds (ie Male/Female/Young); Sighted or Heard Only; Activity Observed (including species of tree being used if feeding); Any Other Relevant Comments.  You can forward your information to Tom at wilsonsinoz@optusnet.com.au .

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

RANKIN SPRINGS BIRDWATCHING WEEKEND. OCTOBER 6-8, 2017

Activities include early and late afternoon trips to local birding spots, concerts and barbecues. For more information / bookings, please email the Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group at lfwagroup@gmail.com.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. OCTOBER 5-8, 2017

This is an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the fire in 2013. Birds will be surveyed each morning. Please contact Patrick Tegart at Patrick.Tegart@environment.nsw.gov.au  for more information and to register your interest.

 

NEW CHILDREN’S SCIENCE TV SERIES – “GET CLEVER”. 7Two, Monday – Friday at 7.30am

This series is aimed at getting 8 – 12 year old children excited about and into science! The Producer and Presenter of this series (Faye Welborn) is looking for videos of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Powerful Owls and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in particular but is keen to have footage of other species also. If you have any footage that you would be happy for Channel 7 to use, please contact Faye on 9877 7449 (Ext 8449) or 0424732887 or FWelborn@Seven.com.au

 

SAD NEWS FOR SEA-EAGLES

The first chick hatched on July 23 in Newington Reserve. However it died from exposure on July 26 when the parents did not return to the nest following an incursion by and fight with another eagle. The parents returned later and incubated the second egg but this egg was unviable.

 

BIRD PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP BY PETER WALE: 16TH & 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

This course is run by BirdLife Southern NSW. During the course participants will learn and practice basic drawing and painting techniques specific to bird portraiture. Beginners are welcome. The subject of the paintings will be the Galah. The course description and registration form can be downloaded from http://birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-course3/birdlife-southern-nsw/.

 

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

 

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.

 

WHAT DO BIRDS DO DURING A TOTAL ECLIPSE? OBSERVATIONS FROM eBIRD AND RADAR ON AUGUST 21, 2017. To see some interesting effects of the recent eclipse on birds in the USA, go to http://birdcast.info/forecast/eclipse.

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. During the annual Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot surveys in August, 2017, 53 Regent Honeyeaters were found scattered from north-east Victoria to the north coast of NSW.This is highest number recorded in over five years and is particularly significant as there are thought to be only 400 birds in the wild. http://birdlife.org.au/media/a-great-result/
  2. BirdLife Tasmania has joined other environmental groups in their condemnation of the re-signed Regional Forests Agreement (RFA) between the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments. Recent studies from the Australian National University showed that on current population trends, Swift Parrots face extinction in as soon as 16 years, with habitat loss the primary driver for their potential extinction. http://birdlife.org.au/media/a-bad-deal/
  3. We are asked to be on the lookout for escaped Indian Ringnecks. If they become established in the wild, these aggressive parrots will take over nest holes from native birds. If you see an Indian Ringneck in the wild, contact your state’s Conservation Department. http://birdlife.org.au/media/be-on-the-lookout/

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

The remaining survey dates for 2017 are 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 SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2017

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.

 

September 2017

 

Saturday 9 September Club Outing: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Meet at 8:30 am at the Elvina Track Carpark, which is 1.3 km along West Head Road from the intersection with General San Martin Drive. Watch for cyclists. Carry morning tea but lunch near cars. Leader: Coleen Southall 9982 5453; 0410 549 321

Wednesday 13 September Central Coast Half-day Outing: Dubbo Gully Meet at 8.30 am at the corner of Waratah Road and Wisemans Ferry Road, Mangrove Mountain. Lunch at cars. Leader Margaret Pointer 02 4374 1163

 

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September:  Central Coast Weekend Campout: Camp-out at Nyngan Riverside Caravan Park. Meet 8.30 am at the caravan park each day. Some half day and one whole day trip to Macquarie Marshes. Leader Alan Morris 0418 269 482

Saturday 16 September Club Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 9:00 am 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 26 September Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. ”Iceland and Spitzbergen”. Speaker: Michael Scobie.

Wednesday 27 September Midweek Outing: CentennialPark and various other locations in the Eastern Suburbs. Meet at 8.30 am in Dickens Drive near The Learning Centre, Centennial Park. Morning tea at the Spruce Goose, which has takeaway coffee. Bird watching within the park and other nearby areas. Leader: Anne Brophy 0417 240 485

Saturday 30 September Central Coast Outing: Bucketty, Mogo Camp and Mangrove Dam. Meet 8.30 am at the corner of George Downs Drive and Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer. 02 4374 1163

Saturday 30 September – 6 October Club Campout and Tagalong: Private property, “Spring Forest” near Cowra. Immediately after crossing the bridge over the Lachlan River at Cowra, take the first left-hand turn into Lachlan Valley Way towards Boorowa. After travelling 21.9 kms towards Boorowa, turn right into a sealed road (Godfreys Creek Road) signposted to Koorawatha. After 2.8 kms take the right-turn into Sutherland Road. After about 100 metres, you cross a small bridge. Veer to the right (do not take the road to the left) and the gate to the campsite will be on your left about 2 kms from the bridge. Go through the gate and the campsite will be next to the trees on the opposite side of the cleared paddock. Take care if wet, there may be boggy patches. You are welcome to arrive on Friday but please note that the gate to the campsite is locked and access will not be available until Friday afternoon 29 September. There will not be any facilities. Bring everything that you need including water and garbage bags. Motels and other accommodation are available in Cowra, about 27 kms from the campsite.

On Monday October 2, we will move to Leeton to camp in The Oasis Caravan Park (6953 3882).There are limited cabins at The Oasis or at nearby Leeton Caravan Park (6953 3323). Bird watching in the surrounding area including Fivebough Wetlands.

On Friday October 6, we leave Leeton to travel to the Capertee Valley to take part in the Regent Honeyeater survey (see notice above).

 

October 2017

 

Tuesday 3 October Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. ”Where Song Began”. Speaker: Tim Low

 

Friday 6 – Sunday 8 October Regent Honeyeater Survey in Capertee Valley: See earlier information in this bulletin.

 

Saturday 7 October Club Outing: Richmond Lowlands. Meet at 8:30 am at Smith Park at Pugh’s Lagoon, Richmond .Lunch at cars. Leader: Greg McLachlan 0405 578 967

 

Wednesday 11 October Central Coast Half-day Outing: Holgate and Katandra. Meet at 8.30 am at 481 Wattletree Road, Holgate. Lunch at cars. Leader Eileen Davy 02 4367 2206

 

Saturday 14 October Club Outing: Mount Annan Botanic Garden. Meet at 8.30 am, just inside the entrance off Narellan Road, 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 Road 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

 

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October Central Coast Weekend Camp: Camp Out at Stuarts Point Caravan Park near Grassy Head. Meet at 8.30 am each day at the caravan park. Some half day outings and one full day outing. Leader: Doug Hocking 02 4369 2770

 

Tuesday 24 October Central Coast Meeting: Meet at the Progress Hall in Anzac Street Tuggerah opposite McDonalds at 7.30 pm. ”Powerful Owl Project Update”. Speaker: Beth Mott.

 

Wednesday 25 October Midweek Outing: Blue Gum Creek and Kenthurst area. Meet at 8:30 am at the far end of O’Keefe Road, Annangrove. Carry morning tea, lunch at cars. Leader: Judy Clark 0413 550 899

 

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 121

AUGUST 2017

 

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTING, CAPERTEE VALLEY, AUGUST 18-20, 2017

For more information and registration, please contact BirdLife Southern NSW on southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

 

WORKSHOP ON USING BIRDATA (BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ATLAS). EDUCATION CENTRE IN BICENTENNIAL PARK, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. AUGUST 26, 2017

This workshop, organised by BirdLife Southern NSW and led by Alan Stuart from Hunter Bird Observers Club, aims to teach you how to use the Birdata Portal and the smart phone app to help you record and submit bird surveys and to retrieve and analyse data. The cost is $15 per person. To see the programme and download the registration form, please go to  http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/SN-SNSWBirdata-Workshopflier17.pdf

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, SEPTEMBER 15-17, 2017

Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 31 sites on roadsides, private properties and state forests. We meet at the Railway Hotel for dinner on Friday evening and have a barbecue on a private property on Saturday evening. If you would like to join the survey, please contact Elisabeth Karplus at emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

FOR SALE: “BRIDGEWATER”, A RURAL PROPERTY NEAR GRENFELL. $450.000

Ian Brothers and his partner, Sonia, are selling their property near Grenfell. Ian and Sonia are great supporters of Birding NSW’s bird surveys in Grenfell and we have seen a number of interesting birds during the surveys. The property of about 300 acres is a wildlife sanctuary and Ian and Sonia are hoping that the buyer will continue to maintain the property for wildlife. For those considering a move to the country, you can see more at https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/nsw/sale-residential/213-barkers-road-grenfell-central-west/1317362498911 or contact Ian on 6343 3232

 

ANNUAL BIRDING NSW REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY. CAPERTEE VALLEY. OCTOBER 6-8, 2017

We are looking for surveyors to take part in the Regent Honeyeater survey on Saturday October 7. Birding NSW has been involved with the surveys for Regent Honeyeaters for over 20 years. Each year surveys take place in August (BirdLife Southern NSW), September (Cumberland Bird Observers Club) and October (Birding NSW). A few places for accommodation remain available at the Homestead in Capertee Valley National Park for surveyors. If you would like to take part in the survey and particularly if you would like to stay at the Homestead, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER NEWS

A captive breed Regent Honeyeater released in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park in 2015 has returned to the national park following a 540 km round trip to Gippsland. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-11/regent-honeyeater-makes-record-flight-victoria/8696808

 

RANKIN SPRINGS SURVEY FOR GLOSSY BLACK COCKATOOS. OCTOBER 6-8, 2017

Contact The Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group via http://murrumbidgeelandcare.asn.au/ for more information.

 

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

This will include an array of stalls featuring bird tours, photographic and optical equipment, wildlife arts exhibits and information stalls for wildlife groups as well as a photographic competition and a programme of talks by experts in their fields. More details at www.birdfair.com.au.

 

NEW CHILDREN’S SCIENCE TV SERIES – “GET CLEVER”. 7Two, Monday – Friday at 7.30am

This series is aimed at getting 8 – 12 year old children excited about and into science! The Producer and Presenter of this series (Faye Welborn) is looking for videos of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Powerful Owls and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos in particular but is keen to have footage of other species also. If you have any footage that you would be happy for Channel 7 to use, please contact Faye on 9877 7449 (Ext 8449) or 0424732887 or FWelborn@Seven.com.au

 

EAGLECAM NEWS

The Eagles in Sydney Olympic Park are incubating their two eggs and hatching is expected soon. Please click on the following link to view the EagleCam: http://www.sea-eaglecam.org/video.html

 

BIRD PORTRAITURE WORKSHOP BY PETER WALE: 16TH & 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

This course is run by BirdLife Southern NSW. During the course participants will learn and practice basic drawing and painting techniques specific to bird portraiture. Beginners are welcome. The subject of the paintings will be the Galah. The course description and registration form can be downloaded from http://birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-course3/birdlife-southern-nsw/.

 

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

 

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 great new video of a White-necked Heron fishing.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The Adani mine in Queensland is likely to push the endangered Southern Black-throated Finch to extinction since the mine will destroy most of the bird’s remaining habitat and the proposed offsets are of much lower quality habitat. http://birdlife.org.au/media/staring-at-the-abyss/
  2. A new study from Australia and New Zealand has shown that almost 40% of 1700 dead seabirds had ingested plastics. Plastic gets covered in algae, which give off a smell that attracts seabirds, who associate the smell of the algae with krill. http://birdlife.org.au/media/plastic-peril-deadly-for-seabirds/
  3. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan provides the best chance for protecting water birds and local communities. The Federal Government was already considering a reduction in water allocation for the environment and now we learn that extra water is being siphoned off by agribusiness. Meanwhile waterbird numbers have declined by 70% over the past 30 years. Please consider signing BirdLife Australia’s petition to the Federal Government to support waterbirds in the Murray-Darling Basin. http://birdlife.org.au/media/standing-up-for-waterbirds/

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

The remaining survey dates for 2017 are 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 117

APRIL 2017

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF BIRDING NSW. 2 MAY 2017 at 7.30 pm (immediately before the monthly meeting)

The office of NSW Fair Trading has revised its standard constitution (called the ‘model’ constitution) for small clubs and associations like ours.  Birding NSW has long used the previous ‘model’ constitution and has made a few small changes to the revised model constitution in order to reflect our history and aims. The revised constitution can be viewed / downloaded here.  Members are urged to review it and to vote at a Special General Meeting to be held on 2 May 2017 that we adopt it. Questions may be directed to one of the Executive Committee members. Their contact details appear on the back page of the club newsletter.

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 20 TO 23 APRIL 2017

Join other volunteers to count birds at Warrumbungle National Park and monitor the Park’s recovery from fire in 2013. For information about the bird count, see https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. Please contact Patrick Tegart at Patrick.Tegart@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

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. If you have any queries or wish to register your intention to come to the planting, please contact Wendy Fox at the BirdLife Sydney office on 02 9647 1033 or southernnsw@birdlife.org.au .

WORKSHOP: USING BIRDATA (BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ATLAS). HUNTER WETLANDS CENTRE, SHORTLAND. FRIDAY 12 MAY. 8.30 am to 5 pm

Andrew Silcocks (BirdLife Australia) and Alan Stuart (Hunter Bird Observers’ Club) are presenting a workshop on how to use BIRDATA. Although the new Birdata portal is very easy to use, there is no reference manual available for it and many people haven’t had time to delve into its secrets. Participants will learn how to put data into Birdata, how to get data out, how to find out where a particular species has been recorded, how to find out what species have been recorded in a particular area, and much more.

The cost is $20 per person (includes lunch). You must pre-register to attend. To register, email secretary@hboc.org.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEYS AROUND GRENFELL, 2017

The dates for the next bird survey around Grenfell in 2017 have been changed to September 15-17, 2017 because of clashes with activities in Grenfell. 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.

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS: NATURE’S HOTSPOTS

To learn more about BirdLife Australia’s campaign to raise awareness about Key Biodiversity Areas in Australia and in particular those KBAs, which are close to urban areas, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaigns/. In 2017, 19 KBAs have been declared as “in danger” of losing the environmental values that make them important. Each of these KBAs in Danger provides habitat for species that could soon become extinct should the current threats persist http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaigns/local-action-global-importance.

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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EMU TRACKING, POPULATION COUNTS AND FIELD WORK

PhD student, Julia Ryeland from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University, is investigating the population size and mating systems of the Emu in NSW. Julia is calling for volunteers to assist in three separate aspects of the project. Volunteers are needed to track Emus in Western Sydney, to do population counts in Eurobodalla, Tidbinbilla (Canberra) and Yuragir (Grafton) and to assist in herding, capturing and taking blood from captive Emus (Wee Waa). If you are interested, please send an expression of interest and your CV to Julia Ryeland julia.ryeland@westernsydney.edu.au, for more information see her website.

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.

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. Rains in the north of Western Australia have inundated many usually dry lakes. Large numbers of birds, particularly Banded Stilts are now breeding there. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-31/wa-inland-lakes-become-breeding-grounds-for-waterbirds/8404992
  2. Sightings of Night Parrots have been reported from Western Australia. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/night-parrot-photographed-in-wa/
  3. At least 118 Freckled Ducks and 38 Blue-billed Ducks, both threatened species, were killed at First Marsh near Kerang on the opening weekend of the Duck Hunting Season. The area has now been closed to shooters but other areas, which also contain threatened species, remain open to shooters. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/carnage-in-victorias-wetlands/
  4. The Tasmanian House of Legislative Assembly has approved an extension to logging across South-Eastern Tasmania including Bruny Island and at Wielangta. These areas of forest comprise two of the most important breeding sites of the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/swifties-in-peril-once-more/
  5. Sufficient funds were raised in a crowd-funding campaign to translocate 30 fledgling Norfolk Island Green Parrots to nearby Phillip Island as an “insurance population”. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/thank-you-from-the-norfolk-island-green-parrot/
  6. The Federal Government has released its latest State of the Environment Report. It indicates that the status of biodiversity in Australia continues to deteriorate. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/government-releases-state-of-the-environment-report/

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

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