<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 130

MAY 2018

 

COMMUNITY FORUM ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE NATURE LAWS, 6 – 8.30 PM, 11 MAY 2018, BUILDING 11, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, 81, BROADWAY, ULTIMO. Listen to Margaret Quixley (BLA’s conservation campaigns manager), Phil Straw (Birdlife Southern NSW), Ross Crates (PhD student at ANU), Mick Roderick (BLA Woodland Birds Project Manager) discuss why Australia needs stronger environmental laws to protect habitat using case studies on shorebirds and the Regent Honeyeater.  Numbers needed for catering so please book ASAP at https://www.actforbirds.org/events.

 

CHANGES TO LAWS PROTECTING NATURE

BirdLife Australia is one of the 42 members of the “Places You Love Alliance” (http://www.placesyoulove.org/). Together they are working to change the current laws protecting nature (EPBC Act 1999) to ensure that Australia’s natural heritage is adequately protected and restored. For more information on the new laws that are being proposed, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaign-information/ActforBirds/FactSheet.pdf. More resources are available at https://www.actforbirds.org/resources.

 

SWIFT PARROT & REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY WEEKEND. 19-20 MAY

The aim of the surveys is to record as many individuals of both species as possible during the survey periods (which extend for a week either side of the survey weekend) in many different locations. If you want to participate in this weekend in NSW, please record your interest with Mick Roderick (woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au) before the weekend and send your sightings to him at the same email address. You can read more about the surveys and download survey forms at http://birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/latest-news-wl.

 

RESULTS OF BIOBLITZ, KU-RING-GAI NATIONAL PARK held on APRIL 14-15, 2018

161 observations were made of 99 species during the weekend. Eliot Connor, who organised the weekend, is keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part in further events in other national parks. Please contact Eliot on 0424200249. You can also post sightings of wildlife on Eliot’s website at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sydney-naturalists.

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

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

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Gone in 20 years…: In Australia 155 bird species are classified as threatened. Of these, 22 are already extinct, with the rest marching down the road towards extinction. Sixteen are classified as Critically Endangered, 55 are Endangered and 62 are considered Vulnerable. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/gone-in-20-years/.
  3. Thanks to an international fundraising effort, enough money has been raised to ship 500 tonnes of shellfish to the Yellow Sea to provide food for Great Knots at their staging sites. Due to the freezing winter, the usual clams and other shellfish had virtually disappeared from the area raising the spectre that Great Knots would starve. The world population of Great Knots has fallen by 80% in the past 30 years http://birdlife.org.au/media/shelling-out-the-clams/.

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 July and 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@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 129

APRIL 2018

 

“CONSERVING THREATENED SHOREBIRDS AT SAWTELL, NSW: A PRACTITIONER’S PERSPECTIVE”. MARTIN SMITH, TUESDAY MAY 1, 2018, 7.30 PM, MITCHELL THEATRE, THE SYDNEY MECHANICS’ SCHOOL OF ARTS, 280 PITT STREET, SYDNEY

Martin is the Ranger in charge of Bongil Bongil National Park located between Bellingen and Sawtell in the Coffs Coast Area. In his talk, Martin will also discuss how NPWS can engage with conservation NGOs including bird clubs. Everyone is welcome.

 

BIOBLITZ, KU-RING-GAI NATIONAL PARK, APRIL 14-15, 2018

Join Elliot Connor and his colleagues to record as many species as possible over this weekend in the park. There are already over 1000 observations of 400 species in Elliot’s Sydney Naturalists Project. For more information contact Elliot at elliotconnor212@yahoo.com.au.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018. 5-6 MAY 2018

The first planting will take place on the weekend of 5-6 May.  The site is on Huntingdale Road and is close to several previous planting sites. The site has already been ripped. Central Tablelands Local Land Services is producing a short promotional video about the project. The video focusses on the contribution made by volunteers and incorporates footage shot at the May 2017’s planting.  CTLLS will be launching the video at the Saturday night dinner on 5 May. For a flyer and the registration form, please go to http://birdlife.org.au/group-events/birdlife-southern-nsw/. The second tree planting in 2018 will take place on 18-19 August.

 

CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE LAWS PROTECTING NATURE

BirdLife Australia is one of the 42 members of the “Places You Love Alliance” (http://www.placesyoulove.org/). Together they are working to change the current laws protecting nature (EPBC Act 1999) to ensure that Australia’s natural heritage is adequately protected and restored. For more information on the new laws that are being proposed, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/campaign-information/ActforBirds/FactSheet.pdf. More resources are available at https://www.actforbirds.org/resources.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ACT FOR BIRDS WEBINAR. APRIL 10, 2018, 7.30 pm

At this webinar, you will learn about the current laws for nature and how they may be improved. To register, go to https://www.actforbirds.org/events.

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

NORFOLK ISLAND BIRD WEEK, 16-23 NOVEMBER 2018

This week includes bird walks led by Margaret Christian, local bird expert, and Dr Derek Ball, Chairman of Island Arcs Australia, and presentations by park rangers, who are undertaking the work to protect the Norfolk Island Green Parrot and other vulnerable species. The cost from Sydney is $2019 including flights and accommodation. For more information, please contact Joyce Judd at joyce@travelcentre.nf or on freecall 1800 1400 66.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

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

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.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 6341 1851

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Twelve wetlands in Victoria were closed to shooting in 2018. These included Lake Bael Bael in northern Victoria, where 1500 Freckled Duck were counted in February. http://birdlife.org.au/media/no-shooting-12-vic-wetlands-closed/
  3. Two captive-bred Regent Honeyeater released in Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, in north-east Victoria, last April have recently been found alive and well over 200 kilometres away in Stratford, Gippsland. This marks the second captive release in a row where at least one of these Critically Endangered birds is known to have travelled either through or around the Great Dividing Range to arrive in the Gippsland region, following the movement of a bird released in 2015, which travelled from Chiltern to Outtrim, in South Gippsland, and back again. http://birdlife.org.au/media/more-released-regents-jump-the-divide/

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@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 129

MARCH 2018

 

NATURALIST DRAWING WORKSHOP, MARCH 11, 2018, THE ORIENTAL ROOM, QUADRANGLE BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY. 10 am to 1 pm. Cost $30

Artist/illustrator, Peter Wale, will lead this workshop. For more information and to buy tickets, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naturalist-drawing-workshop-tickets-43152912523.

 

MIDWEEK WALK WITH IBOC/CBOC, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MARCH 14, 2018 at 8.30 am

IBOC member and keen photographer, Charles Dove, will lead this outing. Meet at the Wattle Forest Parking area. At Audley, after crossing the causeway, turn right past the café/kiosk and turn right again over the white wooden bridge. Past the bridge turn left and follow the road to the its end.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. 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.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY AND AGM, MARCH 17, 2018, BUILDING 22 THEATRETTE, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

There will be an escorted walk in the Narrawang Wetlands at 8.30 am. The main programme starts at 10.30 with talks by Beth Mott (Powerful Owl) and Phil Straw (Migratory Shorebirds) and is followed by the AGM. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-members-day-and-agm/birdlife-southern-nsw/ to download a registration form. Please contact Wendy Fox, Office Manager at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au if you would like more information.

 

AUSTRALIAN BIRD STUDY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, MARCH 17, 2018, YARRAMUNDI CONFERENCE CENTRE, 761 SPRINGWOOD RD, YARRAMUNDI. 9 am to 5 pm

There will be talks on predation by cats, on Noisy Miners, on Fairy-wrens and on urban winners. The cost is $60 and must be paid before the conference for catering purposes. Registration is via a secure on-line portal: www.trybooking.com/350059

 

EUNGELLA BIRD AND WILDLIFE WEEK, 17-22 SEPTEMBER 2018

This week includes guided bird watching including looking for the Eungella Honeyeater as well as spotlighting and wildlife tours. For more information about activities, accommodation and costs go to wildmob.org/eungella or email info@wildmob.org.

 

BOPPAS  EXTENDED  EXCURSION TO YARRAMAN: 15-19 APRIL 2018

Birding NSW members are invited to join an excursion to Yarraman organised by BOPPAS, a bird group based around Bribie Island in Queensland. If anyone is travelling in the area and wishes to join the excursion, please contact Esther at boppasbirds@gmail.com

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

BRUSH TURKEY RESEARCH PROJECT

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. Please report sightings to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-turkey

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018

5-6 May and 18-19 August 2018. For more information contact John Rawson on johnrawson1@gmail.com

 

BIRD WATCHING ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Birding NSW members have been invited to watch birds on a private property near Bullio, which is near Moss Vale. Recent visitors recorded over 40 species including Glossy Black-Cockatoos. The area is remote and only suitable for agile members with 4WDs. If you are interested in a bush camp, please contact the Activities Officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

BITTERNS IN RICE PROJECT: RECENT VIDEOS

To see recent videos about Australasian Bitterns and Painted Snipe, here are the links from Matt Herring: Painted Snipe Return, Battle of the Bitterns and Channel 9 News Sydney

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.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 6341 1851

 

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 are recent videos of Welcome Swallows and Black-fronted Dotterels at Pitt Town Lagoon.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Australia’s extinction crisis: To read about this in the Guardian go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/13/a-national-disgrace-australias-extinction-crisis-is-unfolding-in-plain-sight
  2. Threatened species on the move: The status of four species has been “uplisted” under the EPBC Act from Vulnerable to Endangered. The “uplisted” species are the Western Bristlebird, the Noisy Scrub-bird, Baudin’s Black-Cockatoo and the white-bellied subspecies of the Crimson Finch. http://birdlife.org.au/media/threatened-species-on-the-move/
  3. Late in 2016 the South Australian government proclaimed a National Park: the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park — Winaityinaityi Pangkara. Now the National Park has been expanded from the original 2500 hectares to 14,000 hectares. The Park now extends from Adelaide’s northern suburbs to Port Parham and includes more than 60 km of coastline. http://birdlife.org.au/media/adelaides-shorebird-sanctuary-just-got-bigger/

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@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 127

FEBRUARY 2018

 

HAS YOUR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW LAPSED?

This is for those few members who have not yet renewed their subscription to Birding NSW for 2017-2018. Unfinancial members will be taken off all mailing lists after this Bulletin’s mailout. If you want to continue to receive Bulletins and Newsletters and to participate in all the Club’s birding activities, either:-

 

Renew on the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/), paying by bank transfer using your membership number or surname as reference.

Account name: Birding NSW

BSB: 062169

Account No.: 10193174

 

Or send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Please include your name and address. You can send me any queries about membership at anne@vroekel.com.

 

DID YOU GO TO OLD BAR TO SEE THE ALEUTIAN TERNS?

If so, Corey Callaghan, a PhD student, and Professor Richard Kingsford at UNSW are keen for you to complete a short survey to help quantify the socioeconomic benefits of birders to the Old Bar area. The benefits need to be balanced against developments that may destroy bird habitats. The link is here: https://goo.gl/forms/OS41U2VLlimvS3Hw1. If you want more information, Corey can be contacted at c.callaghan@unsw.edu.au.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. 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.

 

IS BIRDSONG MUSIC?  WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY DR HOLLIS TAYLOR, FEBRUARY 25, 2018, at Theme and Variations Piano Services, 451, Willoughby Road, Willoughby from 2-4 pm.

This workshop is run by the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW. The cost is $55 for non-members and registration closes on February 14. For more information and registration contact the MTA secretary on 9570 1436 or info@musicnsw.com.au or go to www.musicnsw.com.au.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY AND AGM, MARCH 17, 2018, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK

There will be an escorted walk in the Narrawang Wetlands. Further details on the programme to come. Meanwhile please contact Wendy Fox, Office Manager at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au if you would like more information.

 

MIDWEEK WALK WITH IBOC/CBOC, ROYAL NATIONAL PARK, MARCH 14, 2018 at 8.30 am

IBOC member and keen photographer, Charles Dove, will lead this outing. Meet at the Wattle Forest Parking area. At Audley, after crossing the causeway, turn right past the café/kiosk and turn right again over the white wooden bridge. Past the bridge turn left and follow the road to the its end.

 

BACK TO ‘BUNGLES BIRD WEEK. 26-29 APRIL, 2018

This survey will monitor bird diversity and abundance and is part of an ongoing project to monitor the Park’s recovery following the 2013 fires. Bird surveys take place each morning so there is plenty of time for other activities. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gilian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

SURVEYORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL SHOREBIRDS 2020 SUMMER COUNT

BirdLife Australia’s Threatened Species Network is looking for additional surveyors for the annual shorebird count this summer. If you think that you can help, please contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER PLANTINGS IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY 2018

5-6 May and 18-19 August – More information to come

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

 

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 are recent videos of shorebirds at Long Reef and Rainbow Bee-eaters nesting around Cornwallis and Upper Colo.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Great news for shorebirds: China is to halt coastal land reclamation according to Chinese media – one on Xinhua (http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/18/c_136903321.htm), China’s largest news agency, and one in The China Daily. You can read about it at birdlife.org/worldwide/news/great-news-shorebirds-china-halt-coastal-land-reclamation. There are also tentative plans for World Heritage listing of some areas. Also at http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/reprieve-for-shorebirds/.
  2. Land clearing in NSW: A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the extensive clearing that continues in NSW particularly in the north west of the state. You can read about it at http://www.smh.com.au/comment/smh-editorial/a-shimmer-to-the-horizon-taking-stock-of-the-war-on-our-wildlife-20180119-h0la29. The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is pushing ahead with a legal case against the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act.
  3. IUCN Threatened species listing: IUCN has added the Plains Wanderer to the list of critically endangered species. Species uplisted from vulnerable to endangered include the Westland Petrel and the Antipodean Albatross. Species downlisted include Coxen’s Fig-Parrot, Southern Cassowary and Black-browed Albatross. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/uplisted-downlisted/
  4. Tootgarook Swamp, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is a hotspot for Australasian Bitterns, a nationally Endangered species, and it’s been saved from development after the local council acquired the last remaining unprotected section of this important site. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/tootgarook-wetlands-protected/
  5. For information on threatened species from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, go to http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/. There is an article on the Night Parrot at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/tracking-the-ghost-of-the-arid-inland-conserving-australia-s-least-known-bird-the-night-parrot.

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 14/15 April, 14/15 July, 13/14 October. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@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 126

JANUARY 2018

 

Happy New Year to all readers of the Birding Bulletin

 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR BIRDING NSW SUBSCRIPTION?

The easiest way to do this is to go to the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/) and complete the on-line renewal form. The form includes information about available subscription categories. You can also send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Queries about membership should be directed to our new membership secretary, Anne Van Roekel, at anne@vroekel.com.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL, MARCH 23-25, 2018

The March survey will be our 13th survey. 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.

 

SURVEYORS NEEDED FOR ANNUAL SHOREBIRDS 2020 SUMMER COUNT

BirdLife Australia’s Threatened Species Network is looking for additional surveyors for the annual shorebird count this summer. If you think that you can help, please contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

2017 BIRD OF THE YEAR

Those of you, who followed this “competition” run by Guardian Australia and BirdLife Australia will know that the winner was the Australian Magpie, which came up from behind to beat the Australian White Ibis. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/ibis-lovers-outraged-over-shock-bird-of-the-year-result/news-story/9e423525ae57452b9c19d87ea3681b2e

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

72,421 people took part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count in 2017 and submitted 60,592 checklists. They counted 1,972,250 birds. Once again the Rainbow Lorikeet was the top bird overall followed by the Noisy Miner and the Australian Magpie. Interestingly the top three birds in Tasmania were all introduced birds – House Sparrow, Common Blackbird, Common Starling. https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/2017-results/. Worryingly the data from the annual counts together with other data from Birdata suggest that the numbers of Kookaburras may be declining particularly in the eastern states. You can read more about this in an article in The Conversation https://theconversation.com/citizen-scientists-count-nearly-2-million-birds-and-reveal-a-possible-kookaburra-decline-86469.

 

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

 

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 recent video of a pair of Willie Wagtails raising their chicks.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The Western Australian Government has decided that the Helena Aurora Range in the Yilgarn region of Western Australia should not be mined but instead should be declared as Class A Nature Reserve. 111 bird species have been recorded in this section of the Great Western Woodlands. http://birdlife.org.au/media/western-australia-gets-early-christmas-gift/

 

  1. Birdlife on Christmas Island is at risk through a recent proposal to expand phosphate mining activity which threatens to destroy large tracts of the island’s rainforest. This proposal is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Government. If approved, mining will almost certainly destroy the rainforest, and as the trees fall, so too will the population of Abbott’s Boobies and the island’s other unique birdlife. But you can help save Christmas Island’s wildlife simply by signing our petition. http://birdlife.org.au/media/paradise-lost/

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 21/22 April, 21/22 July, 13/15 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 120

JULY 2017

 

‘ART FROM THE BIRDS – NESTS & BOWERS’. EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY FIONA LUMSDEN. THE BLUE MTS BOTANIC GARDEN – MT TOMAH. 10 JUNE – 23 JULY, 2017. 9.30-4.30 DAILY

Club member, Fiona Lumsden, is holding another exhibition of her bird paintings at Mt Tomah. Please visit this free exhibition if you are in the area. Fiona is also a teaching a ‘Nature Art Workshop’ – at The Garden, Mt Tomah on Sunday 16 July. The cost is $100. Bookings for the Workshop are essential at https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/What-s-On  or by phoning 4567 3019 or emailing kristen.wilder@rgbsyd.nsw.gov.au.

 

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/.

 

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.

 

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

Some accommodation is 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.

 

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.

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAHS

Juleen High needs to find homes for 10 unframed pictures measuring 27×34 cms of various Australian birds taken on her property, Mandeni, in Merimbula. She no longer has room for them in her new home on the Central Coast. If you would like to know more, please contact Juleen on 4384-5034 or juleenhigh@bigpond.com.

 

EAGLECAM NEWS

The Eagles in Sydney Olympic Park are on the nest and preparing for new eggs! The cameras and equipment have been replaced and/or repaired and are up and running. Please click on the following link to view the EagleCam: http://www.sea-eaglecam.org/video.html

 

BIRD ARTWORK ON HOARDINGS IN CITY OF SYDNEY

The City of Sydney has chosen the Birds of Australia artwork by club members, Camila de Gregorio and Chris Macaluso, as one of 10 new works appearing on hoardings around the CBD. Their art work can be seen across from 321 Kent St, between Erskine and King St. To learn more about this programme go to http://goo.gl/8WF0eM.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS: NATURE’S HOTSPOTS

To learn more about BirdLife Australia’s campaign to raise awareness about Key Biodiversity Areas in Australia, 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

 

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 are new videos of a Spotted Pardalote preening and of a Crested Shrike-Tit searching for food.

 

RARE VIDEO OF 12 WILD REGENT HONEYEATERS FEEDING ON SPOTTED GUM BLOSSOM

This video shows wild birds seen at Quorrobolong in May 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73k8ZIx6Zqo&t=2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4Dx9iNe5XQ

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The Tasmanian Upper House has voted down a proposal to hand over 356,000 hectares of native forest for logging including more than 12,000 hectares of Swift Parrot habitat. The proposed bill would have seen forests on Bruny Island and Wielangta open to logging. These are among the most important breeding habitat for Swift Parrots. Swift Parrots are critically endangered with numbers in the wild estimated to be only 2000. http://birdlife.org.au/media/swift-parrots-reprieved/
  2. The Environment Minister, Josh Frydenbergh, has approved The Walker Group’ plan for a large development at Toondah Harbour in Moreton Bay in Queensland. This development will destroy 50 hectares of protected migratory shorebirds habitat supposedly protected under the RAMSAR Convention. http://birdlife.org.au/media/development-to-destroy-critical-wetland/
  3. Despite the change in government, clearing of critical habitat for Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo continues. The Pinjar Pine plantation is the second largest roost for these birds on the Swan Coastal Plain but is now being cleared. http://birdlife.org.au/media/stop-the-chop/

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 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 119

JUNE 2017

 

WORKSHOP ON KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS (KBAs). ST GEORGES BASIN. AUGUST 5-6, 2017

This workshop, hosted by BirdLife Shoalhaven, will provide information on KBAs, bird surveys and Birdata and discuss how to involve other stakeholders and members of the public in KBAs. On the second day there will be practical demonstrations of survey techniques. While KBA “Guardians” have priority to attend the workshop, others interested in surveying in KBAs are welcome. Numbers are limited. There is no charge for the workshop. To see the programme and download the registration form, please go to http://www.birdingnsw.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/.

 

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.

 

‘ART FROM THE BIRDS – NESTS & BOWERS’. EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY FIONA LUMSDEN. THE BLUE MTS BOTANIC GARDEN – MT TOMAH. 10 JUNE – 23 JULY, 2017. 9.30-4.30 DAILY

Club member, Fiona Lumsden, will hold another exhibition of her bird paintings at Mt Tomah. Please visit this free exhibition if you are in the area. Fiona is also a teaching a ‘Nature Art Workshop’ – at The Garden, Mt Tomah on Sunday 16 July. The cost is $100. Bookings for the Workshop are essential at https://www.bluemountainsbotanicgarden.com.au/What-s-On  or by phoning 4567 3019 or emailing kristen.wilder@rgbsyd.nsw.gov.au.

 

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

Some accommodation is 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.

 

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.

 

EXTENSION TO JERVIS BAY NATIONAL PARK

Following intensive lobbying by BirdLife Shoalhaven, the Office of Environment and Heritage has purchased an 11 hectare plot of land in Vincentia, which was recently advertised for development, This important Eastern Bristlebird habitat will incorporate this into Jervis Bay National Park. http://birdlife.org.au/media/bristlebirds-are-winners/

 

EXTENSIONS TO NARRABEEN LAGOON STATE PARK

A map of the extensions can be seen on the Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment’s website at www.narrabeenlagoon.org.auNEWS FROM THE BITTERN IN RICE PROJECTThe Australasian Bittern, MILo has flown from the rice fields of the Riverina to Coomonderry, the largest freshwater swamp on the New South Wales coast, providing evidence for the value of coastal wetlands outside of the rice season. http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/milo-disperses-500-km-to-shoalhaven-heads/. The Australian Bittern, Arnold, named by Birding NSW, is also on the move with a short foray towards Victoria but he is now near Coleambally. http://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/arnolds-on-the-move/. 

BIRD ARTWORK ON HOARDINGS IN CITY OF SYDNEY

The City of Sydney has chosen the Birds of Australia artwork by club members, Camila de Gregorio and Chris Macaluso, as one of 10 new works appearing on hoardings around the CBD. Their art work can be seen across from 321 Kent St, between Erskine and King St. To learn more about this programme go to http://goo.gl/8WF0eM.

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREAS: NATURE’S HOTSPOTS

To learn more about BirdLife Australia’s campaign to raise awareness about Key Biodiversity Areas in Australia, 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

 

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. Hooded Plover breeding success has been seriously impacted since the Victorian Government allowed commercial racehorse trainers to gallop their horses along the beach of Belfast Coastal Reserve, near Port Fairy. http://birdlife.org.au/media/hold-your-horses/
  2. For an update on the Orange-bellied Parrots at Werribee, go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/encouraging-results-for-wintering-obps/
  3. The Walker Group is planning a large development at Toondah Harbour in Moreton Bay in Queensland. This development if allowed to proceed will destroy part of site protected for migratory shorebirds under the RAMSAR Convention. http://birdlife.org.au/media/new-toondah-plan-bad-news-for-birds/

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 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 125

DECEMBER 2017

 

I wish all readers of the Birding Bulletin a happy holiday season with some good birding.

 

HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR BIRDING NSW SUBSCRIPTION?

The easiest way to do this is to go to the Birding NSW website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/online-membership-application-or-renewal/) and complete the on-line renewal form. The form includes information about available subscription categories. You can also send a cheque to Birding NSW, PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, NSW 1230. Queries about membership should be directed to our new membership secretary, Anne Van Roekel, at anne@vroekel.com.

 

2017 BIRD OF THE YEAR
What’s your favourite bird? Have your say in the nationwide vote to decide Australia’s Bird of the Year. Conducted by The Guardian in conjunction with BirdLife Australia, there are 51 species of Australian birds — from Australian Bustard to Zebra Finch — in the running to win the coveted title (though you can vote for another if your preferred species is not listed).

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count was held between 22 and 28 October, 2017. People reported over 2,000,000 bird sightings. Once again the Rainbow Lorikeet was the most commonly reported species.

 

NATIONAL TWITCHATHON 2017

Over 80 teams took part in the National Twitchathon. The best bird award went to a West Australian team, whose members saw a Grey-headed Lapwing. The same team won the eco-award for most birds (92 species) seen without motorised vehicles. The main results of this year’s twitchathon are in the December issue of the Newsletter.

 

ORANGE-BELLIED PARROT MAINLAND RELEASE TRIAL PROGRAM

This trial aims to determine whether releasing captive-bred birds on the mainland can increase the population of Orange-bellied Parrots in the wild. Eleven Orange-bellied Parrots were released at the Western Treatment Plant (Werribee, Victoria) in April 2017. There is now a stable flock close to the release site comprising recently released birds, older wild birds and some naturally migrating juvenile birds. There is more information at https://www.threatenedbirdnetwork.org/news/2017/11/12/orange-bellied-parrot-mainland-release-trial-program

 

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

 

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 recent video of a pair of Willie Wagtails raising their chicks.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. A legislative amendment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan will mean that 70 fewer gigalitres of water will be returned to the Northern Basin for the environment. This is a serious reduction in water allocation since the previous allocation was the bare minimum required for water birds to survive. http://birdlife.org.au/media/latest-murraydarling-basin-amendments/

 

  1. The Critically Endangered Swift Parrot was pushed further towards extinction when Sustainable Timber Tasmania logged a large tract of eucalypt forest at Tyler’s Hill, near Dover, in the South-east Tasmania Key Biodiversity Area – an area long known to provide critical breeding habitat for the species. To make matters worse, the logging has coincided with the Swift Parrot breeding season! http://birdlife.org.au/media/devastation/

 

  1. Birdlife on Christmas Island is at risk through a recent proposal to expand phosphate mining activity which threatens to destroy large tracts of the island’s rainforest. This proposal is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Government. If approved, mining will almost certainly destroy the rainforest, and as the trees fall, so too will the population of Abbott’s Boobies and the island’s other unique birdlife. But you can help save Christmas Island’s wildlife simply by signing our petition. http://birdlife.org.au/media/paradise-lost/

 

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 survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 21/22 April, 21/22 July, 13/15 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 124
NOVEMBER 2017

 

2017 NATIONAL TWITCHATHON

The annual twitchathon is over. Two teams from Birding NSW, “The Champagne Shriketits” and the “Central Coast Champion Choughs”, took part in the 2017 race. Funds raised in NSW go to “The Bitterns in Rice Project” run by Matt Herring in the Riverina (www.bitternsinrice.com.au). You can support the project until the end of November via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/twitchathon-nsw-act-2017. Please specify in the comments section that the donation is for the NSW Twitchathon and specify the team, which you want to support. You can see more about the teams which took part in the Twitchathon and the conservation projects supported in other states at https://www.birdlifetwitchathon.org.au/teams.

 

SURVEY ON GANG-GANG COCKATOOS IN KU-RING-GAI AND HORNSBY AREAS

The Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) has not been recorded in the Hornsby or Ku-ring-gai Local Government Areas since late 2016. We are worried that the population of Gang-gangs, which is listed as endangered under the Threatened Species Conservation Act, has suffered a dramatic decline and is at high risk of extinction. We are asking for your help! Ku-ring-gai Council, Hornsby Council and the Office of Environment & Heritage Saving our Species program are working to find out about recent sightings of both Gang-gangs and Bell Miners in the local area. The Gang-Gang Cockatoo survey will give them a clearer idea of what is happening to the population. If you live in these areas, please can you look out for these birds and complete a survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ganggang before the end of November. While it would be great if you can find Gang-Gangs before then, a survey with no Gang-Gangs provides important data while information on Bell Miners may help to determine whether this species is one of the threats to Gang-Gang Cockatoos.

 

“WINGS ON KING” SPRING SURVEY NOVEMBER 16-19, 2017

Registrations for this survey on King Island close on November 8. Please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/launch-2017 if you are interested in this event. There is a video about the survey and the island.

 

BITTERNS IN RICE

Matt Herring reports that the Australasian Bittern MILo (named by Murray Irrigation Ltd) spent the non-breeding season at on the coast at Coomonderry Swamp near Shoalhaven Heads. He has now returned to the Riverina. He made a brief stopover at Rowe’s Lagoon near Collector on the way to Canberra. You can read more at https://www.bitternsinrice.com.au/milo-returns-to-riverina-after-five-months-on-coast/

 

MIGRATING BIRDS ARE AFFECTED BY ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

A research study in New York has provided evidence that migrating birds are significantly affected by artificial light at night. Birds waste time and energy circling and calling and run the risk of being caught by predators. Read more at https://www.allaboutbirds.org/tribute-in-light-a-chance-to-study-lights-dramatic-impact-on-bird-migration/

 

IMPACT ON BIRDS OF THE HURRICANES IN THE CARIBBEAN

Recent hurricanes in the Caribbean have caused considerable damage to the habitat of birds including several threatened birds and BirdsCarribean is working hard to assess the damage and to feed starving birds particularly hummingbirds.

http://www.birdscaribbean.org/2017/10/bird-dispatches-from-the-hurricane-front-lines/

 

DID YOU PICK THE ERROR?

In the Sydney Morning Herald’s article on October 14 on the “200 Treasures of the Australian Museum”, did you pick the error? The article showed the model of the extinct Paradise Parrot, which is included in the exhibition. However the caption described the re-discovery of the Night Parrot. Richard Schodde’s letter to the paper about the error was subsequently published.

 

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

 

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 recent video of a Spotted Crake.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA

  1. The very dry conditions have seen birds move to unusual destinations. In particular Scarlet Honeyeaters are being seen in many places in Victoria (including Phillip Island and Collins Street, Melbourne). Also there are more cuckoos around in the south. http://birdlife.org.au/media/invasion/
  2. Meanwhile in NSW, unusual birds have been seen well to the east of their usual habitats. Bird numbers increased inland last year following good rains. Now birds are moving to the coast. Unusual species over eastern areas of Sydney include White-browed and Masked Woodswallows. http://birdlife.org.au/media/inland-birds-head-for-the-coast/
  3. 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/

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 survey dates for 2018 are 10/11 February, 21/22 April, 21/22 July, 13/15 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 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.


 

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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