<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 157

AUGUST 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

With the ongoing disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Birding NSW will continue to hold club meetings via Zoom at least for August and September 2020. The presentations may vary from those listed in the newsletter or Birding Bulletin as some speakers prefer to wait until they present in person rather than via Zoom. Please check the website (http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/) in case there are any late changes.

 

CLUB MEETING ON AUGUST 4, 2020 at 7.30 pm

“Black Grasswren Research in the Artesian Range” with speaker Joey Clarke, Science Communicator, Australian Wildlife Conservancy. To watch Joey’s presentation, please click this meeting link:

https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/8723118806

 

To watch and listen to this presentation, you really need a camera and microphone on your computer. If you have problems logging on to the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus immediately on emhodson@exemail.com.au and she will resend the link to you.

 

CLUB MEETING ON SEPTEMBER 1 at 7.30 pm

“Brush Turkey Research update” with speaker Matt Hall

This talk will also be given via Zoom. Please see the instructions for accessing Zoom above.

 

EIGHTEENTH BIRD SURVEY IN THE SOUTH WEST SLOPES KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA (KBA). SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2020

We are planning to go ahead with the 18th bird survey weekend around Grenfell on September 25-27, 2020. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups we survey on about 30 sites including several on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. Depending on the COVID-19 related restrictions we hope to have the usual barbecue on Saturday evening. The Railway Hotel has closed so we will not be able to have the usual Friday evening dinner there. We are investigating alternatives. Grenfell is about five hours drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel, several bed and breakfast places as well as the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or need more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

ANNUAL SPRING BIRD CENSUS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2020

The surveys take place on Tuesday mornings for 8 weeks (15, 22 and 29 September, 6, 13, 20 and 27 October and 3 November) with a training morning on Tuesday 8th September. Surveyors work in groups of 2-3 people and survey on 3-4 sites starting around 7 am. You don’t have to attend every survey. If you would like to take part, please contact Heather Pearce, CBOC Activities Officer on heather.pearce4@gmail.com or 0412 051 951.

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. A new bushfire assessment feature has been added to Birdata. https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/new-birdata-feature-bushfire-assessment

 

TWO WINS FOR REGENT HONEYEATERS

  1. BirdLife Australia together with partners in NSW Government and Taronga Zoo released 20 captive-bred Regent Honeyeaters into the wild at a location in the Hunter Valley. A flock of wild Regent Honeyeaters was found feeding on nectar at this site. To read more about the release go to https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/critically-endangered-regent-honeyeaters-released-hunter-valley/12384048
  2. Cessnock City Councillors voted unanimously to create a plan to rezone a large area of the Tomalpin Woodlands from an industrial development zone (the Hunter Economic Zone) to an appropriate environmental zone. Tomalpin Woodlands is the only place that Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeaters bred in 2018/19 so it is critical that appropriate land-zoning exists for this area.

NEW SOUTH WALES MAKES RECORD LAND PURCHASE FOR NEW NATIONAL PARK

Matt Kean and the NSW Government are to be congratulated on the purchase of Narriearra station for a new National Park in Western NSW. The station includes wetlands listed as nationally significant and is home to at least 27 threatened species. The new national park stretches across channel country and includes part of the floodplain of the Bulloo River. Important birds to be protected include the Grey Grasswren, Grey Falcon and Redthroat. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/27/nsw-makes-record-land-purchase-for-new-national-park?CMP=share_btn_link

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-27/narriearra-station-sold-to-become-national-park-in-nsw/12400344?utm_source=abc_news&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=mail&utm_campaign=abc_news

EagleCAM NEWS

The first egg (SE25) for the White-bellied Sea-eagle pair nesting in Sydney Olympic Park for 2020 was laid on June 18, 2020 and it hatched on July 28, 2020. The second egg (SE26) was laid on June 21. If you wish to view the nest via the webcam, please go to https://sea-eaglecam.org/video.html

 

AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY WEEKLY CONVERSATIONS

Joey Clarke of the AWC is holding weekly conversations with AWC staff members via Zoom. In the most recent conversation, Joey Clarke spoke with wildlife ecologist Dr Viyanna Leo about the reintroduction of small mammals including Bush rats, Eastern Pygmy Possums and Brown Antechinus into North Head Sanctuary. You can register at https://www.australianwildlife.org/awc-in-conversation/ for the new conversations, which take place at 11.30 am on Thursday mornings. You also have access to previous presentations via the website.

 

BIRDING AT HOME

BirdLife Australia has a website at https://www.networkbirdlife.org/birding-at-home with a number of activities listed including weekly puzzles and a series of videos including one on parrots with Dean Ingwersen.

 

BIRDWATCHING INCREASED DURING THE LOCKDOWN

Read about this in The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/birdwatching-increased-tenfold-last-lockdown-dont-stop-its-a-huge-help-for-bushfire-recovery-141970

 

WHERE DO OUR MIGRATING SHOREBIRDS GO IN OUR WINTER?

This short video shows “our” birds at their Yellow Sea stop off on their way north. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSRrDlrB26w&t=600s

 

MESSAGE FROM MURRUMBIDGEE FIELD NATURALISTS

Here is an important short video about Australasian Bitterns and Bittern Friendly Rice. http://mli.org.au/successful-season-of-bittern-friendly-rice-growing/

 

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is closed and the guided walks cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Despite the damning findings from Professor Samuel’s Interim Review of Australia’s nature laws, the Morrison Government will rebadge its ‘one stop shop’ and rush through new laws to shift national accountability to State Governments. To learn more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/enviro-law-reforms-wont-address-extinction-crisis/ and to take action go to https://www.actforbirds.org/stopextinctions.
  2. Glossy Black Cockatoos are turning up in unexpected places following the loss of habitats in the bushfires. In NSW these birds have been found as far west as Lake Cargelligo and also along the coast. Several have been seen around Grenfell, where there is also an influx of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. http://birdlife.org.au/media/glossies-on-the-move/
  3. Bushfires intensify the threat of extinction. Of 70 bird species that lost over 30% of their habitat in the bushfires, 21 were already listed as threatened birds under the EPBC Act. An additional 49 species, having lost considerable habitat, need to be assessed to determine if they should now be listed. http://birdlife.org.au/media/bushfires-intensify-extinction-threat/
  4. For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/

 

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 156

JULY 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

CLUB MEETING ON JULY 7, 2020 at 7.30 pm

“Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots – an update from BirdLife Australia”

Mick Roderick will give his talk via Zoom. To watch Mick’s presentation, please click this meeting link:

https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/8723118806

 

To watch and listen to this presentation, you need a camera and microphone on your computer.

If you have problems logging on to the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus immediately on emhodson@exemail.com.au and she will resend the link to you.

 

CLUB MEETING ON AUGUST 4, 2020 at 7.30 pm

“Red Goshawk research”. The speaker will be confirmed nearer the time.

This talk will also be given via Zoom

 

SWIFT PARROT TALK & WALK, SATURDAY JULY 25, SUTTON RESERVE BATEAU BAY, 10 am – 12 Noon. BATEAU BAY SWIFT PARROT HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT

You are invited by the Community Environment Network to learn about this project, which aims to restore a wildlife corridor of the Stepping Stones Landcare site to restore habitat for the Swift Parrot. As well as learning about Swift Parrots, you can join a guided bird walk. Bookings are essential and can be made at https://www.cen.org.au/events/cen-event-list/363-swift-parrot-talk-and-walk-sutton-reserve-bateau-bay

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. A new bushfire assessment feature has been added to Birdata. https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/new-birdata-feature-bushfire-assessment

 

TWO WINS FOR REGENT HONEYEATERS

  1. BirdLife Australia together with partners in NSW Government and Taronga Zoo released 20 captive-bred Regent Honeyeaters into the wild at a location in the Hunter Valley. A flock of wild Regent Honeyeaters was found feeding on nectar at this site. To read more about the release go to https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-23/critically-endangered-regent-honeyeaters-released-hunter-valley/12384048
  2. Cessnock City Councillors voted unanimously to create a plan to rezone a large area of the Tomalpin Woodlands from an industrial development zone (the Hunter Economic Zone) to an appropriate environmental zone. Tomalpin Woodlands is the only place that Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeaters bred in 2018/19 so it is critical that appropriate land-zoning exists for this area.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES MAKES RECORD LAND PURCHASE FOR NEW NATIONAL PARK

Matt Kean and the NSW Government are to be congratulated on the purchase of Narriearra station for a new National Park in Western NSW. The station includes wetlands listed as nationally significant and is home to at least 27 threatened species. The new national park stretches across channel country and includes part of the floodplain of the Bulloo River. Important birds to be protected include the Grey Grasswren, Grey Falcon and Redthroat. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/27/nsw-makes-record-land-purchase-for-new-national-park?CMP=share_btn_link

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-27/narriearra-station-sold-to-become-national-park-in-nsw/12400344?utm_source=abc_news&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=mail&utm_campaign=abc_news

EagleCAM NEWS

The first egg (SE25) for the White-bellied Sea-eagle pair nesting in Sydney Olympic Park for 2020 was laid on June 18, 2020 and the second egg (SE26) was laid on June 21. If you wish to view the nest via the webcam, please go to https://sea-eaglecam.org/video.html

 

AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY WEEKLY CONVERSATIONS

The AWC is holding weekly conversations with staff members. In the most recent conversation, Joey Clarke spoke with wildlife ecologist Dr Laurence Berry about the reintroduction of Bilbies and other small mammals to Mallee Cliffs and Pilliga National Parks – a project in collaboration with the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species programme. To date AWC have held 10 weekly conversations. After a short break the next conversation will take place on July 23, 2020. If you would like to see the previous conversations, please go to https://www.australianwildlife.org/awc-in-conversation/. You can also register there for the new conversations, which take place at 11.30 am on Thursday mornings but if you register, you then have access to the presentation at a later time. Included in the next conversations will be discussions on the Purple-crowned Fairywren in the Kimberley and the Malleefowl in NSW.

 

VALE PETER SLATER (1932-2020)

Many people will have used the field guides illustrated by Peter and other members of his family.  The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds was the first field guide that was easy to carry in the field. http://birdlife.org.au/media/vale-peter-slater-19322020/

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

The next survey will definitely take place on 11/12 July so please contact Malcolm Fyfe if you want to take part on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com.

 

THE BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

ENTRIES CLOSE AUGUST 3, 2020

The awards are sponsored by Nikon Australia and the Lake Cowal Foundation. Categories include backyard birds and bird behaviour among others. The special themes for 2020 are photographs of Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens and Grasswrens. Entries for 2020 are open from May 15, 2020 to August 3, 2020. For more information on how to enter and the categories of photographs, go to https://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/.

 

WHERE DO OUR MIGRATING SHOREBIRDS GO IN OUR WINTER?

This short video shows “our” birds at their Yellow Sea stop off on their way north. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSRrDlrB26w&t=600s

 

MESSAGE FROM MURRUMBIDGEE FIELD NATURALISTS

Here is an important short video about Australasian Bitterns and Bittern Friendly Rice. http://mli.org.au/successful-season-of-bittern-friendly-rice-growing/

 

MESSAGE FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ABOUT THE REVIEW OF THE EPBC ACT

An interim report of the independent review of Australia’s national nature laws is expected to be released any day now. The report will summarise key issues and discuss opportunities for reform. When the report is available, you will be able to review it at https://www.actforbirds.org/stopextinctions. Many BirdLife Australia members have contributed comments or individual submissions. BirdLife Australia made a detailed submission. See https://birdlife.org.au/conservation/advocacy/submissions 

A VIDEO TO WATCH

A common Kingfisher catches a meal.

https://youtu.be/pYc-yEKsT1I

 

BIRDSONG OPERA

I think that you will enjoy listening to this “opera”. I apologise if you have already seen this.

http://volkerpannes.de/portfolio/bird-song-opera/

 

PREDATION BY CATS

To read more about the impact of cats on native wildlife from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, go to https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/addressing-our-wildlife-cat-astrophe. This article by Dr Sarah Legge discusses the research being undertaken in Australia to address the feral cat threat to wildlife.

 

Also new research shows that each roaming pet cat kills 110 native animals each year. https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/each-roaming-pet-cat-kills-110-native-animals-per-year-on-average

 

AUSTRALASIAN BITTERNS

To read more about bittern research in Australia, please go to https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/bitten-by-the-bittern-bug. This article discusses the research work of Matt Herring.

 

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is closed and the guided walks cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. An Australian study, which experts said filled a major gap in the world’s knowledge about the impact of hunting on declining shorebird numbers, found that more than 17,000 birds from 16 species were likely being killed by hunters at just three sites – Pattani Bay in Thailand, West Java in Indonesia and the Yangtze River delta in China. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/23/endangered-shorebirds-unsustainably-hunted-during-migrations-records-show?CMP=share_btn_link
  2. Glossy Black Cockatoos have been found breeding on Kangaroo Island after the extensive bushfires, which destroyed much of the habitat of this unique and endangered population. There are at least 23 chicks in nests including some in nest boxes in burnt areas. The biggest threats to these chicks are Brush-tailed Possums. http://birdlife.org.au/media/breeding-success/
  3. A reduction in disturbance levels during the Coronavirus lockdown has allowed better breeding success for Hooded Plovers in Tasmania. However in Victoria, although there was less disturbance, tidal surges inundated nest scrapes while cold weather contributed to poor survival rates. http://birdlife.org.au/media/bumper-breeding-season-for-some/
  4. For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/

 

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 155

JUNE 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

CLUB MEETING ON JUNE 2, 2020 at 7.30 pm

Trevor Waller has kindly agreed to give his talk entitled “Birding the Silk Road” virtually using Zoom. If you would like to watch Trevor’s presentation, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au and she will send you the link.

 

To watch and listen to this presentation, you need a camera and microphone on your computer.

If you have problems logging on to the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus immediately on emhodson@exemail.com.au and she will resend the link to you.

 

If this meeting via Zoom is successful, we hope to use it for further club meetings while the lockdown continues.

 

With the lifting of some restrictions under COVID-19, the Club is resuming some club outings

 

LONG WEEKEND CAMPOUT 6-8 JUNE, 2020

Wallamba River Holiday Park, 99 Aquatic Road, North Tuncurry about 14 km north of Tuncurry. (Discovery Parks – Forster). Tel: 6554 3123 or 1800 268 176. NB: En-suite cabins are not available. Meet at 8:30 am on Saturday morning at entrance to the caravan park. Lunch at cars. Birding in nearby areas including Cattai Wetlands. Please advise that you plan to attend by emailing activities@birdingnsw.org.au. Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

 

SATURDAY 13 JUNE CLUB OUTING, 2020

As the number of people attending will have to comply with the number allowed in a group under COVID-19 restrictions, it is necessary to book in advance. If you plan to attend this outing, please send an email to activities@birdingnsw.org.au. Details of the outing will then be sent to you by email.

 

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE MIDWEEK OUTING

Plans for this outing have yet to be finalised. For more details check the website closer to the date.

 

MESSAGE FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA ABOUT THE REVIEW OF THE EPBC ACT

The key national nature law, the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, is being reviewed right now. This is a once-in-10-year opportunity to strengthen this legislation, which all peak conservation organisations, including BirdLife Australia, agree is failing to fulfil its purpose. If it is not made more effective, we will face species extinctions before the next review becomes due.

Many BirdLife Australia members will have contributed comments or individual submissions. BirdLife Australia made a detailed submission. See https://birdlife.org.au/conservation/advocacy/submissions 

We are concerned that the government, under pressure from lobby groups, may preempt the review and weaken our national nature laws under the guise of stimulating business. See
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/23/coalition-is-aiming-to-change-australias-environment-laws-before-review-is-finished?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

What we can do is…write to the Federal Environment Minister, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, to let her know how much we value our natural environment and want increased protection for it. There is no need to be lengthy or technical…your appeal as a member of the community will help tip the balance in favour of conservation. You can use the form letter here https://www.actforbirds.org/email-min-ley-nature-laws
or personalise it if you prefer.

A VIDEO TO WATCH

A common Kingfisher catches a meal.

https://youtu.be/pYc-yEKsT1I

 

BIRDSONG OPERA

I think that you will enjoy listening to this “opera”. I apologise if you have already seen this.

http://volkerpannes.de/portfolio/bird-song-opera/

 

THE BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

The awards are sponsored by Nikon Australia and the Lake Cowal Foundation. Categories include backyard birds and bird behaviour among others. The special themes for 2020 are photographs of Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens and Grasswrens. Entries for 2020 are open from May 15, 2020 to August 3, 2020. For more information on how to enter and the categories of photographs, go to https://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/.

 

PREDATION BY CATS

To read more about the impact of cats on native wildlife from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, go to https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/addressing-our-wildlife-cat-astrophe. This article by Dr Sarah Legge discusses the research being undertaken in Australia to address the feral cat threat to wildlife.

 

Also new research shows that each roaming pet cat kills 110 native animals each year. https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/each-roaming-pet-cat-kills-110-native-animals-per-year-on-average

 

AUSTRALASIAN BITTERNS

To read more about bittern research in Australia, please go to https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/bitten-by-the-bittern-bug. This article discusses the research work of Matt Herring.

 

AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY WEEKLY CONVERSATIONS

The AWC is holding weekly conversations with staff members. The link below takes you to a recent conversation with Dr Richard Seaton, who was scheduled to speak at a Birding NSW meeting last March. We hope to have him speaking at a club meeting in 2021.

https://www.australianwildlife.org/awc-in-conversation/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200528_Red_goshawk_recording

 

RESOURCES FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA
This webpage (https://www.networkbirdlife.org/birding-at-home) compiles a range of BirdLife Australia activities and resources that allow both adults and kids to continue to enjoy their local (and not so local) bird life.

 

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, MAY 2020

The tree planting for Regent Honeyeaters has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is closed and the guided walks cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

It is hoped that the next survey can take place on 11/12 July but please contact Malcolm Fyfe for more information on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com.

 

BIRDS ON FARMS NSW

A regular surveying program is being established on farms by BirdLife Australia. If you are interested in being a volunteer birdwatcher undertaking quarterly surveys on rural properties between Albury, Corowa, Henty to Holbrook this one is for you! Birdwatchers of a range of abilities are welcome and will be supported with training, maps, mentoring, and other materials before commencing. Survey periods are in Autumn (March-May), Winter (June-July), and Spring (September-November). Only one day of surveying is needed per period. For more information go to https://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/birds-on-farms-wl and to express interest please contact ben.humphries@birdlife.org.au.

 

There is also a programme in the central west of NSW (e.g., Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Canowindra, Dunedoo, Coolah, Gulgong, Tullamore), interest from landholders and birdwatchers from anywhere within this region is welcomed and encouraged.  Contact kathleen.davies@birdlife.org.au if you are interested or would like to know more about the surveys or any other aspects of this project.

 

ENVIROMENT RECOVERY PROJECT; AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES 2019-2020. CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE, UNSW

This citizen science project has been set up for people to record the recovery of plant and animal species following the bush fires. To learn more and take part, please go to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/environment-recovery-project-australian-bushfires-2019-2020

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/theres-always-hope/

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. An Australian study, which experts said filled a major gap in the world’s knowledge about the impact of hunting on declining shorebird numbers, found that more than 17,000 birds from 16 species were likely being killed by hunters at just three sites – Pattani Bay in Thailand, West Java in Indonesia and the Yangtze River delta in China. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/23/endangered-shorebirds-unsustainably-hunted-during-migrations-records-show?CMP=share_btn_link
  2. A single Swift Parrot has flown across at least 570 km of open ocean to Lord Howe Island. Usually Swift Parrots, which only breed in Tasmania, only fly across Bass Strait to Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland each autumn. The bird found on LHI has been taken into care and will be taken to Taronga Zoo and if healthy released in NSW. http://birdlife.org.au/media/swift-parrot-on-lhi/
  3. Owls, kites and other birds of prey die after eating rats and mice, which have eaten second generation anticoagulant rat poisons. These household products are available in supermarkets in Australia but have been banned from general sale in Europe and North America. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is currently asking Australians for their views on how rodent poisons are regulated. http://birdlife.org.au/media/ridding-the-food-chain-of-rat-poison/.
  4. Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife rangers have discovered ten nests of Wandering Albatross on Macquarie Island. On the last check, chicks had hatched from six of eight eggs. Last season only three eggs were laid. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-21/wandering-albatross-produce-the-most-eggs-in-a-decade/12272370?utm_source=abc_news&utm_medium=content_shared&utm_content=mail&utm_campaign=abc_news.
  5. Numbers of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot have been significantly increased by the release of captive bred birds both at Melaleuca in Tasmania at the beginning and end of the breeding season as well as releasing birds at sites in Port Phillip and Western Port in Victoria. To see the full article go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/boost-for-obps/
  6. Read about the migratory route back to Australia taken by a Curlew Sandpiper via the East Asia/East African flyway and Central Asian Flyway. http://birdlife.org.au/media/curlew-sandpiper-in-the-loop/
  7. For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/

 

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 154

MAY 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

BIRDING NSW FIELD OUTINGS FOR MAY, JUNE and JULY 2020

Due to the current lockdown for COVID-19, field outings have been cancelled for May, June and July. If the lockdown is lifted so that it is possible to arrange activities during this period, they will posted to the Club website, Birding Bulletin and the Central Coast Facebook. Any activities for August will be included in the August newsletter. For further enquiries, please contact the activities officer at activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

GLOBAL BIG DAY MAY 9, 2020

https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-9-may-2020

You can take part in the Global Big Day of birdwatching on Saturday May 9 by carrying out bird surveys wherever you are – at home in your garden, on your local walk for exercise or perhaps by then we can go a little further afield. For more information look at the link above.

 

A VIDEO TO WATCH

A common Kingfisher catches a meal.

https://youtu.be/pYc-yEKsT1I

 

BIRDSONG OPERA

I think that you will enjoy listening to this “opera”. I apologise if you have already seen this.

http://volkerpannes.de/portfolio/bird-song-opera/

 

THE BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Entries are open from May 15, 2020 to August 3, 2020. For more information on how to enter and the categories of photographs, go to https://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/

 

RESOURCES FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA
This new webpage (https://www.networkbirdlife.org/birding-at-home) compiles a range of BirdLife Australia activities and resources that allow both adults and kids to continue to enjoy their local (and not so local) bird life. Available now is a “Parent Pack” for keeping kids entertained with craft and science projects, free access to Australian BirdLife magazine and the online Bird Finder tool. The activies are shown below. Content will be rotated regularly.

For more information, please contact Dr. Holly Parsons, Urban Bird Program Manager, BirdLife Australia on holly.parsons@birdlife.org.au

#BirdingAtHome social media: 
We will be promoting a series of simple activities that people can do and then share on social media over the coming months – all linked with the concept of #BirdingAtHome.

“Weeks 4 and 5 (April 27 – May 10): #WhatBirdIsThat:
People are encouraged to upload photos or video of birds to social media that they can’t ID – then the collective bird brain can provide an ID and info on the species. We are looking to get non-birders learning about the birds in their space and get birders active in communicating their knowledge. We will also share bird facts about some of the common backyard birds from each state.

Suggested content:
Are you noticing some feathered friends when you are #BirdingAtHome but you are not sure who they are? Reach out to the collective social media bird brain for help. Upload your photo or video and ask #WhatBirdIsThat for the answer

Weeks 6-10 (May 11 – June 14): #BirdBehaviour:
We will be asking a series of specific questions around what birds are doing in people’s gardens. Stay tuned for more details but questions will include:
a. Bird baths: who is visiting your bird bath over a 10 min period
b. Nocturnal birds: what birds are you hearing at night?
c. Aggressive behaviour: Who are the cranky birds in your garden?
d. Bird-friendly plants: Which plants are birds visiting? Share your photos

We hope you can get involved and enjoy these activities as well as encourage your residents to take part. This is a stressful and uncertain time, but birds can provide joy and give us a great opportunity to connect with the natural world, even that right on our doorsteps.”

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, MAY 2020

The tree planting for Regent Honeyeaters has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is closed and the guided walks cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

It is hoped that the next survey can take place on 11/12 July but please contact Malcolm Fyfe for more information on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com.

 

BIRDS ON FARMS NSW

A regular surveying program is being established on farms by BirdLife Australia. If you are interested in being a volunteer birdwatcher undertaking quarterly surveys on rural properties between Albury, Corowa, Henty to Holbrook this one is for you! Birdwatchers of a range of abilities are welcome and will be supported with training, maps, mentoring, and other materials before commencing. Survey periods are in Autumn (March-May), Winter (June-July), and Spring (September-November). Only one day of surveying is needed per period. For more information go to https://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/birds-on-farms-wl and to express interest please contact ben.humphries@birdlife.org.au.

 

There is also a programme in the central west of NSW (e.g., Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Canowindra, Dunedoo, Coolah, Gulgong, Tullamore), interest from landholders and birdwatchers from anywhere within this region is welcomed and encouraged.  Contact kathleen.davies@birdlife.org.au if you are interested or would like to know more about the surveys or any other aspects of this project.

 

ENVIROMENT RECOVERY PROJECT; AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES 2019-2020. CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE, UNSW

This citizen science project has been set up for people to record the recovery of plant and animal species following the bush fires. To learn more and take part, please go to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/environment-recovery-project-australian-bushfires-2019-2020

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/theres-always-hope/

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Numbers of the critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot have been significantly increased by the release of captive bred birds both at Melaleuca in Tasmania at the beginning and end of the breeding season as well as releasing birds at sites in Port Phillip and Western Port in Victoria. To see the full article go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/boost-for-obps/
  2. Read about the migratory route back to Australia taken by a Curlew Sandpiper via the East Asia/East African flyway and Central Asian Flyway.http://birdlife.org.au/media/curlew-sandpiper-in-the-loop/
  3. Australian forest owls have been severely impacted by the bushfires with estimates that one third of their habitat was destroyed. It is estimated that up to a quarter of Victoria’s population of Greater Sooty Owls were killed in the bushfires and about half of their habitat destroyed http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/bushfires-hard-on-australian-owls-but-citizen-science-will-help/
  4. For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/

 

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.

 



 

 

BULLETIN # 153

APRIL 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

VIRTUAL BIGNET MEETING. APRIL 4, 2020 VIA ZOOM

The face to face BIGnet meeting has been replaced by a virtual meeting to be held on Saturday April 4 between 11 am and 2.20 pm because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a business meeting from 11 to 12 followed by presentations by Sarah Pearson (Urban Conservation Action Planning), Nicholas Carlile (Seabirds in NSW), James O’Connor (BirdLife Australia’s bushfire response) and Joey Clarke (Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s bushfire response). Everyone is welcome to join the meeting particularly for the presentations. To join the Zoom Meeting, please click on the link below:

https://zoom.us/j/700562812

Meeting ID: 700 562 812

You do not need any special programme on your computer to access ZOOM. However you will need a camera and microphone on your computer to enjoy the presentations.

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR APRIL AND MAY 2020

Please note that all Birding NSW activities including all activities of the Central Coast Group have been cancelled till further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This information supersedes the information included in the recent Birding NSW newsletter. Activities include meetings, day outings and camp outs. If you have any questions about these activities, please contact Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au.

 

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

Now that you are all confined to home, you may like to consider writing letters to local, state and federal authorities about conservation issues. In particular please support conservation of Regent Honeyeaters by writing to the NSW Planning Department requesting that further development around the Fernhill Estate near Mulgoa be stopped because it will destroy the nesting sites of critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters. https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/draftplans/exhibition/fernhill-estate. Please contact me (emhodson@exemail.com.au) if you need further information about what to include in the letter.

 

TREE PLANTING IN THE CAPERTEE VALLEY, MAY 2020

The tree planting for Regent Honeyeaters has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

THE BIRDLIFE DISCOVERY CENTRE AND GUIDED WALKS

The Discovery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park is closed and the guided walks cancelled until further notice because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

COWRA WOODLANDS BIRDS PROGRAM

It is likely that surveys will be cancelled but please contact Malcolm Fyfe for more information on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com.

 

BIRDS ON FARMS NSW

A regular surveying program is being established on farms by BirdLife Australia. If you are interested in being a volunteer birdwatcher undertaking quarterly surveys on rural properties between Albury, Corowa, Henty to Holbrook this one is for you! Birdwatchers of a range of abilities are welcome and will be supported with training, maps, mentoring, and other materials before commencing. Survey periods are in Autumn (March-May), Winter (June-July), and Spring (September-November). Only one day of surveying is needed per period. For more information go to https://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/birds-on-farms-wl and to express interest please contact ben.humphries@birdlife.org.au.

 

There is also a programme in the central west of NSW (e.g., Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Canowindra, Dunedoo, Coolah, Gulgong, Tullamore), interest from landholders and birdwatchers from anywhere within this region is welcomed and encouraged.  Contact kathleen.davies@birdlife.org.au if you are interested or would like to know more about the surveys or any other aspects of this project.

 

ENVIROMENT RECOVERY PROJECT; AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES 2019-2020. CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE, UNSW

This citizen science project has been set up for people to record the recovery of plant and animal species following the bush fires. To learn more and take part, please go to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/environment-recovery-project-australian-bushfires-2019-2020

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/theres-always-hope/

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. A preliminary bushfire study indicates that 19 bird taxa may have lost more than half their habitat in the bushfires. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-birds-are-burning/
  2. Surveys of the Rufous Scrub-bird in Barrington Tops National Park have found an alarming drop in the number of this endangered species. For more information go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/rufous-scrub-bird-decline-revealed/
  3. Of the top 20 birds across Australia that were most severely impacted by the fires (according to the Bushfire Impact Maps produced by BirdLife Australia), 15 of those places were occupied by Kangaroo Island’s special birds. The good news is that the Glossy Black-Cockatoos have been found in the area and some are using the nest boxes provided. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/good-news-from-kangaroo-island/
  4. Australian forest owls have been severely impacted by the bushfires with estimates that one third of their habitat was destroyed. It is estimated that up to a quarter of Victoria’s population of Greater Sooty Owls were killed in the bushfires and about half of their habitat destroyed http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/bushfires-hard-on-australian-owls-but-citizen-science-will-help/
  5. For more stories go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/

 

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 152

MARCH 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

THE SEVENTEENTH BIRD SURVEY WEEKEND AROUND GRENFELL. MARCH 20-22, 2020

Please join us for the March survey weekend. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell, including many on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and have a barbeque on a private property on Saturday evening. Grenfell is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

BIGnet MEETING. APRIL 4-5, 2020. THE DISCOVERY CENTRE, CENTENNIAL PARK

Birding NSW is hosting the next BIGnet meeting. This two day meeting brings together members of bird clubs from all of NSW. There is a conservation meeting on Saturday morning, interesting talks on Saturday afternoon and a business meeting on Sunday morning. We are looking for people to help out with setting up and clearing up the venue, serving lunches and running the audio-visual set up. If you can help for part of the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au. If you would like to attend the meeting to listen to the speakers on Saturday, please contact Elisabeth at the above email address and she will send you a Programme and a Registration Form.

 

AN ATLAS OF THE BIRDS OF NSW & THE ACT VOLUME 3 – PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER EXTENDED!

The pre-publication offer of $150 (RRP $170) + $25 for packing and postage for Volume 3 is now available till March 30, 2020. Please contact Dick Cooper at treasurer@nswbirdatlassers.org.au  or call the Publicity Officer, Tammy Small on 0448 955 101 for information on how to pay for this book.

This publication from the NSW Bird Atlassers is the third of three volumes, which present the results of long-term data collection and analysis as a baseline against which future changes and the effectiveness of conservation measures can be evaluated.

 

“WINGS ON KING” 2020 AUTUMN BIRD SURVEYS. APRIL 23-26, 2020

You are invited to take part in the bird surveys on King Island. King Island has nine unique subspecies as well as being home to most of the Tasmanian endemics and is a Key Biodiversity Area. As well as bird surveys, there are workshops and an art exhibition. This year surveyors will be looking out for any bird refugees from the bushfires on the mainland. For more information and to register, please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/wings-on-king-project

 

BIRDS ON FARMS NSW

A regular surveying program is being established on farms by BirdLife Australia. If you are interested in being a volunteer birdwatcher undertaking quarterly surveys on rural properties between Albury, Corowa, Henty to Holbrook this one is for you! Birdwatchers of a range of abilities are welcome and will be supported with training, maps, mentoring, and other materials before commencing. Survey periods are in Autumn (March-May), Winter (June-July), and Spring (September-November). Only one day of surveying is needed per period. For more information go to https://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/birds-on-farms-wl and to express interest please contact ben.humphries@birdlife.org.au.

 

There is also a programme in the central west of NSW (e.g., Cowra, Parkes, Forbes, Canowindra, Dunedoo, Coolah, Gulgong, Tullamore), interest from landholders and birdwatchers from anywhere within this region is welcomed and encouraged.  Contact kathleen.davies@birdlife.org.au if you are interested or would like to know more about the surveys or any other aspects of this project.

 

ENVIROMENT RECOVERY PROJECT; AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES 2019-2020. CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE, UNSW

This citizen science project has been set up for people to record the recovery of plant and animal species following the bush fires. To learn more and take part, please go to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/environment-recovery-project-australian-bushfires-2019-2020

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/theres-always-hope/

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. In India recently, delegates from 130 countries at the COP 13 conference agreed to protect the endangered Antipodean Albatross on its 100,000-kilometre annual migration between New Zealand, Australia and Chile. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/protection-for-the-antipodean-albatross/
  2. A number of unexpected birds were blown in (and inland) by Cyclone Uesi during February. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/blowin-in-the-wind/
  3. A Gould’s Petrel chick was found in a nest box on Broughton Island. https://www.birdlife.org.au/media/goulds-petrel-breeds-on-broughton-i/
  4. A preliminary bushfire study indicates that 19 bird taxa may have lost more than half their habitat in the bushfires. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-birds-are-burning/
  5. Lord Howe Island woodhens have been released from captivity after a large-scale rodent eradication program on the remote island. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-18/lord-howe-woodhens-returned-to-island-after-rodent-eradication/11869230
  6. 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 dates for 2020 are:

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

Please note that the survey schedules for 8/9 February 2020 has been cancelled because of the extreme weather conditions.

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 151

FEBRUARY 2020

2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

THE SEVENTEENTH BIRD SURVEY WEEKEND AROUND GRENFELL. MARCH 20-22, 2020

Please join us for the March survey weekend. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell, including many on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and have a barbeque on a private property on Saturday evening. Grenfell is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

BIGnet MEETING. APRIL 4-5, 2020. THE DISCOVERY CENTRE, CENTENNIAL PARK

Birding NSW is hosting the next BIGnet meeting. This two day meeting brings together members of bird clubs from all of NSW. There is a conservation meeting on Saturday morning, interesting talks on Saturday afternoon and a business meeting on Sunday morning. We are looking for people to help out with setting up and clearing up the venue, serving lunches and running the audio-visual set up. If you can help for part of the meeting, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au

 

AN ATLAS OF THE BIRDS OF NSW & THE ACT VOLUME 3 – PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER EXTENDED!

The pre-publication offer of $150 (RRP $170) + $25 for packing and postage for Volume 3 is now available till March 30, 2020. Please contact Dick Cooper at treasurer@nswbirdatlassers.org.au  or call the Publicity Officer, Tammy Small on 0448 955 101 for information on how to pay for this book.

This publication from the NSW Bird Atlassers is the third of three volumes, which present the results of long-term data collection and analysis as a baseline against which future changes and the effectiveness of conservation measures can be evaluated.

 

SYDNEY SHOREBIRD WORKSHOP AND BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW AGM. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020.

Shorebird surveyors, members and friends are invited to flock to the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre for a Shorebird workshop and gathering of all the volunteers who take part in shorebird monitoring across Sydney. Compare notes, hear from the experts, improve your identification skills. Birdlife Southern NSW AGM will follow the workshop. The guest speaker is nature writer Harry Saddler, author of the recently published book “The Eastern Curlew. The extraordinary life of a migratory bird”. This is a FREE EVENT with lunch and morning tea provided; please register at EVENTBRITE. A map is provided on the Eventbrite page.

 

ENVIROMENT RECOVERY PROJECT; AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES 2019-2020. CENTRE FOR ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE, UNSW

This citizen science project has been set up for people to record the recovery of plant and animal species following the bush fires. To learn more and take part, please go to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/environment-recovery-project-australian-bushfires-2019-2020

 

BIRD SURVEYS AFTER THE BUSHFIRES

Birders are asked to do surveys of birds after the bushfires but not to enter areas unless they are safe. Surveys are needed in both burnt and unburnt areas. Please consider doing Birdata surveys wherever possible. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/birdata-surveys-after-the-fires/

 

HOMES WANTED FOR BOOKS!

Richard Cassels is moving house and needs to reduce his library of bird books. The list is too long to include here but includes “The Falcons of the World” by Tom J Cade and “Birds of Prey” edited by Ian Newton with Penny Olsen as adviser. If you are interested in these or other of Richard’s many books, please contact him on cassels@ozemail.com.au or 0400 601 668.

 

NEW BOOK ON NATIVE FAUNA OF THE GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE AREA.

By Judy, Peter and Kate Smith.172 pages, soft cover, 2 locality maps, over 200 colour photos (Peter), 20 illustrations (Kate).

This book is available direct from the authors (email: smitheco@ozemail.com.au) or from local Blue Mountains bookshops and visitor centres. Website: www.bluemountainsfauna.com.au. In researching the book, the authors found 432 species that have been reliably recorded in the World Heritage Area since European settlement. These include 254 bird species belonging to 61 families, together with 74 reptile, 68 mammal and 36 frog species. The birds include an impressive 29 honeyeater species, 34 threatened species and 29 species (excluding vagrants) at the edges of their range.

 

POWERFUL OWL PROJECT: SYDNEY UPDATE

You can read the update at http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Powerful-Owl-Sydney-Update. With the drought leading to increased competition for prey as prey populations fall, breeding success for Powerful Owls has dropped with the number of chicks fledged falling from 129 in 2018 to only 81 tallied so far this season. Similar numbers of owls tried to breed but failed. You can also view a video about Powerful Owls in this video http://birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project.

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Populations of Australia’s threatened birds have declined by an average of nearly 60 per cent since 1985, according to Australia’s latest Threatened Bird Index. For more information go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/bird-population-drops-revealed/
  2. A preliminary bushfire study indicates that 19 bird taxa may have lost more than half their habitat in the bushfires. For more information go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-birds-are-burning/
  3. There are calls for more hazard reduction burning. Is this appropriate? To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/fuel-reduction-burns/
  4. Lord Howe Island woodhens have been released from captivity after a large-scale rodent eradication program on the remote island. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-18/lord-howe-woodhens-returned-to-island-after-rodent-eradication/11869230
  5. 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 dates for 2020 are:

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

Please note that the survey schedules for 8/9 February 2020 has been cancelled because of the extreme weather conditions.

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 150
JANUARY 2020
2020 MARKS THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRDING NSW

 

Did you leave your knife at the Birding NSW Christmas Party on December 3, 2019? If so please contact me on emhodson@exemail.com.au or SMS to 0421 665553 so that I can work out how to return it to you.

 

THE SEVENTEENTH BIRD SURVEY WEEKEND AROUND GRENFELL. MARCH 20-22, 2020

We hope that we can continue the Grenfell Survey so please join us for the March survey weekend. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell, including many on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and have a barbeque on a private property on Saturday evening. Grenfell is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

AN ATLAS OF THE BIRDS OF NSW & THE ACT VOLUME 3 – PRE-PUBLISH OFFER

The pre-publication offer of $150 (RRP $170) + $25 for packing and postage for Volume 3 is only available till January 20, 2020. Please contact Dick Cooper at treasurer@nswbirdatlassers.org.au  or call the Publicity Officer, Tammy Small on 0448 955 101 for information on how to pay for this book.

This publication from the NSW Bird Atlassers is the third of three volumes, which present the results of long-term data collection and analysis as a baseline against which future changes and the effectiveness of conservation measures can be evaluated.

 

SYDNEY SHOREBIRD WORKSHOP AND BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW AGM. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020.

Save the date for this Workshop and AGM. Shorebird surveyors, members and friends are invited to flock to the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre for a Shorebird workshop and gathering of all the volunteers who take part in shorebird monitoring across Sydney. Compare notes, hear from the experts, improve your identification skills. Birdlife Southern NSW AGM will follow the workshop. Register your interest at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

NEW BOOK ON NATIVE FAUNA OF THE GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE AREA.

By Judy, Peter and Kate Smith.172 pages, soft cover, 2 locality maps, over 200 colour photos (Peter), 20 illustrations (Kate).

This book is available direct from the authors (email: smitheco@ozemail.com.au) or from local Blue Mountains bookshops and visitor centres. Website: www.bluemountainsfauna.com.au. In researching the book, the authors found 432 species that have been reliably recorded in the World Heritage Area since European settlement. These include 254 bird species belonging to 61 families, together with 74 reptile, 68 mammal and 36 frog species. The birds include an impressive 29 honeyeater species, 34 threatened species and 29 species (excluding vagrants) at the edges of their range.

 

POWERFUL OWL PROJECT: SYDNEY UPDATE

You can read the update at http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Powerful-Owl-Sydney-Update. With the drought leading to increased competition for prey as prey populations fall, breeding success for Powerful Owls has dropped with the number of chicks fledged falling from 129 in 2018 to only 81 tallied so far this season. Similar numbers of owls tried to breed but failed. You can also view a video about Powerful Owls in this video http://birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project.

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. In the recent Biennial count of Hooded Plovers, 1,515 Hooded Plovers (1,489 adults and 26 juveniles) were counted, comprising approximately 51 per cent of the estimated world population of 3,000 birds in eastern Australia, and 84 per cent of the estimated mainland breeding population of 1,800 birds. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/latest-hooded-plover-count-results/
  2. Populations of Australia’s threatened birds have declined by an average of nearly 60 per cent since 1985, according to Australia’s latest Threatened Bird Index. For more information go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/bird-population-drops-revealed/
  3. After a recent banding discovery, we now know that Pied Oystercatchers can live for at least 33 years. The Pied Oystercatcher in question was found washed up dead at Inverloch, in South Gippsland in Victoria, in September, on the beach it had called home for more than three decades. http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/worlds-oldest-pied-oystercatcher/
  4. Twenty two Orange-bellied Parrots have returned to their only known breeding site at Melaleuca in Tasmania. The arriving birds represent a mixture of wild and birds raised in captivity. So far this year, 12 female Orange-bellied Parrots have arrived at Melaleuca, up on the previous few years’ tally — the last time females were present there in double figures was back in 2014. This year, female parrots outnumber the males, so extra captive male birds were released so that no female OBP would be unpaired for the breeding season. http://birdlife.org.au/media/obps-return-to-breeding-ground/
  5. 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 dates for 2020 are:

8/9 February 2020

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

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 149

DECEMBER 2019

 

BUSHFIRE RISK

Please check the Birding NSW website (www.birdingnsw.org.au) or with the leader for information about outings particularly when these are scheduled for national parks, which may be closed during Total Fire Bans.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF BIRDING NSW. DECEMBER 3, 2019. 7.30 pm

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of Birding NSW will be held on Tuesday 3 December at 19:30 at Mitchell Theatre Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney. You can read or download the draft minutes of the 2108 Annual General Meeting of Birding NSW from the Birding NSW website here. Financial reports can be viewed or downloaded from the FINANCIAL REPORTS page on the website (www.birding.nsw.org.au)

 

NSW TWITCHATHON. OCTOBER 26-27, 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated to support the NSW and ACT Twitchathon project. We raised over $1000 to support the Central Coast teams. Around Australia more than $60,000 was raised for Twitchathon projects. The NSW results are shown below. The NSW winners and place getters for the BIG Weekend race were also winners nationally based on weighted scores.

 

‘Big Weekend’ (30 hour)

1st place: 263 – Menacing Monarchs (Robert McDonald, Michael Kearns, Owen Yates)

2nd place: 256 – Hunter Home Brewers (Mick and Steve Roderick, Craig Anderson, Lucas Grenadier)

3rd place: 252 – Let’s Wing It (Steve Edwards, Mike Kuhl, Nick Carson)

 

‘Big Day’ (12 hour)

1st place: 196 – Dodgy Drongos (Grant Brosie and Nick Livanos)

2nd place: 168 – Port Petrel Heads (Tim and Alan Morris, Ted Giblin, Fran Smith)

3rd place: 164 – Lousy Jacks (Paul Burcher, Deryk Engel, Ross Rapmund)

 

In NSW the Top 3 Birdathon (3x 1hour) teams were:

89 – The Nightjars Strike Back (Archie Brennan et al)

81 – Western Sydney Songlarks (Cathy Goswell et al)

71 – Wooden Spoonbills (Marg Hamon, Rosemary Hales, Evelyn May, Maggie Mance)

 

SYDNEY SHOREBIRD WORKSHOP AND BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW AGM. SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020.

Save the date for this Workshop and AGM. Shorebird surveyors, members and friends are invited to flock to the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre for a Shorebird workshop and gathering of all the volunteers who take part in shorebird monitoring across Sydney. Compare notes, hear from the experts, improve your identification skills. Birdlife Southern NSW AGM will follow the workshop. Register your interest at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. The launch of a review of Australia’s national nature laws creates an opportunity for the Morrison Government to halt the huge rate of extinction in Australia, according to BirdLife Australia.  BirdLife Australia urges the Morrison Government and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to take action to arrest the extinction crisis by strengthening environment laws.  The inadequate approval process, weak compliance and loopholes have resulted in the loss of birds and their habitat for example loss of Swift Parrot nest trees through logging in Tasmania. http://birdlife.org.au/media/nature-laws-need-urgent-overhaul/
  2. Twenty two Orange-bellied Parrots have returned to their only known breeding site at Melaleuca in Tasmania. The arriving birds represent a mixture of wild and birds raised in captivity. So far this year, 12 female Orange-bellied Parrots have arrived at Melaleuca, up on the previous few years’ tally — the last time females were present there in double figures was back in 2014. This year, female parrots outnumber the males, so extra captive male birds were released so that no female OBP would be unpaired for the breeding season. http://birdlife.org.au/media/obps-return-to-breeding-ground/
  3. The Black-throated Finch has been awarded the #1 spot in the BirdLife Australia–Guardian Australia Bird of the Year! Click hereto see the Top 10. BirdLife Australia staff and volunteers have been working to save this “bird of the moment” for nearly two decades. Other birds in the top 10 included the Tawny Frogmouth, Superb Fairywren, Australian Magpie and Laughing Kookaburra. Alas there seems to have been some automated voting to increase votes for some species. http://birdlife.org.au/media/bird-of-the-year-black-throated-finch/
  4. A new site on King Island was identified for the critically endangered King Island Brown Thornbill during the November “Wings On King” surveys. http://birdlife.org.au/media/new-site-for-king-island-thornbill/
  5. 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 dates for 2020 are:

8/9 February 2020

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com



BIRDING BULLETIN 148
NOVEMBER 2019

 

RICHLAND WOODLANDS BIODIVERSITY FORUM. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2019. 9.30AM TO 3.30 PM AT GREATER SYDNEY LOCAL LAND SERVICES DEMONSTRATION FARM, 40 EDWARDS ROAD, RICHMOND LOWLANDS
Discover why the remnant woodlands in Western Sydney are so important for Biodiversity and People. There will be inspiring talks, information displays and opportunities to learn about volunteer opportunities. Speakers include Mick Roderick speaking on the Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot and Holly Parsons speaking on the Urban Bird Project. To assist with catering at this free event, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/richmond-woodlands-biodiversity-forum-registration-73383799921. For more information contact Cathy Goswell on cathycrg@bigpond.com or 0418 865 421.

 

‘WINGS ON KING’ SPRING SURVEYS, KING ISLAND, NOVEMBER 7-11, 2019

It’s not just birds in the spring – it’s the wildflowers too… The weekend includes workshops and surveys as well as searching for the elusive KI Brown Thornbill and KI Scrubtit.

Registrations are now open: https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/register. For more information go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/wings-on-king.

 

NSW TWITCHATHON. OCTOBER 26-27, 2019

The Twitchathon is over but you can still support the NSW and ACT project to monitor the re-introduction of Bush Stone-Curlew to a fenced area in the north of the ACT by donating to a team. Alas due to illness, the Birding NSW team of Phillip Brook, Tom Karplus and Paul Johnstone were not able to take part in the Twitchathon. Three teams from the Central Coast Group of Birding NSW took part in the Twitchathon. These teams are “Let’s wing it”, “Black-headed Nitwits” and “Which-is-it”. You can support one of these teams by going to https://twitchathon.birdlife.org.au/ and scrolling down to the NSW/ACT Leaderboard, choosing your team and giving money. Alternately you can donate cash to Elisabeth Karplus at the November Birding NSW meeting. The money collected will be shared between the three Central Coast teams.

URBAN BIRDS CONSERVATION ACTION PLAN (CAP) WORKSHOP. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2019. Led by BirdLife Australia, the Urban Birds CAP aims to provide a framework for the coordination and collaboration of urban bird conservation actions across Australia, with an initial focus on the Greater Sydney region. The Urban Birds CAP will focus on priority conservation strategies identified during a public forum and BirdLife Australia planning workshops held earlier this year. Representatives of Birding NSW are invited to take part in this workshop to develop and implement plans for each priority strategy. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Sarah Pearson, BirdLife Southern NSW at Sarah.Pearson@birdlife.org.au to register and find out the venue for the workshop and the programme.

 

A GREAT START TO THE NEW RENEWAL PROCESS FOR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW

The new Birding NSW membership year 2019-2020 has just begun. 30 September was the last day of the 2018-2019 year. Not all members have paid yet. If you have misplaced your individualised renewal notice please do contact Anne on membership@birdingnsw.org.au or on 0434 958 258. We are happy to resend you a copy or to help with any other membership problem.

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW’S EVENTS

Bird Portraiture: A Two Day Workshop with Professional Artist, Peter Wale on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 November. Register your interest in this event by e-mailing Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

ARTIFICIAL WADER ROOSTS IN SOUTH KOREA

You can view how these are set up and how the birds use them in this video from BirdLife Australia https://youtu.be/Dhz63m-iq_E

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. The launch of a review of Australia’s national nature laws creates an opportunity for the Morrison Government to halt the huge rate of extinction in Australia.  BirdLife Australia urges the Morrison Government and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley to take action to arrest the extinction crisis by strengthening environment laws.  The inadequate approval process, weak compliance and loopholes have resulted in the loss of birds and their habitat for example loss of Swift Parrot nest trees through logging in Tasmania. http://birdlife.org.au/media/nature-laws-need-urgent-overhaul/
  2. Decline of North American Fauna: Researchers have published data in the journal Science (19th September 2019) showing a net loss of 3 billion birds in the USA equivalent to 29% of the 1970 population of birds. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-09-20/birds-collapse-us-bees-ecology-environment/11520008. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has suggested seven simple actions to support birds. The first three of these are Watch birds and report what you see (Citizen Science), Plant native plants and Keep cats inside. https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/seven-simple-actions-to-help-birds.
  3. Australian Bird of the Year. You can vote for your favourite Australian bird. BirdLife Australia, in conjunction with The Guardiannewspaper, is running a poll to determine which of our many species will be crowned the Australian Bird of the Year for 2019. Currently the Black-throated Finch is in the lead with 5730 voted. To vote, go to https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/oct/27/australian-bird-of-the-year-2019-vote-for-your-favourite.
  4. Shearwater disturbance. The Short-tailed Shearwater is Australia’s most common seabirds, but, after so many die-offs, for how long? For the fifth consecutive year, the sea surface temperatures off Alaska have been unusually warm, which has led to a dire shortage of the shearwaters’ marine prey, resulting in thousands of dead shearwaters being washed ashore along Alaska’s beaches. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they died of starvation. The birds were already starving when it was time to fly south. Of those birds that survived long enough to begin their southward migration, many are likely to have been too weak to cope with any adverse weather they encountered along the way. Many are likely to have died en route.Few have made it to Australia. http://birdlife.org.au/media/shearwater-crisis/
  5. 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 dates for 2020 are:

8/9 February 2020

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

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 147

OCTOBER 2019

 

A GREAT START TO THE NEW RENEWAL PROCESS FOR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW

The new Birding NSW membership year 2019-2020 has just begun. 30 September was the last day of the 2018-2019 year. Not all members have paid yet. If you have misplaced your individualised renewal notice please do contact Anne on membership@birdingnsw.org.au or on 0434 958 258. We are happy to resend you a copy or to help with any other membership problem.

RICHLAND WOODLANDS BIODIVERSITY FORUM. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2019. 9.30AM TO 2.30 PM AT GREATER SYDNEY LOCAL LAND SERVICES DEMONSTRATION FARM, 40 EDWARDS ROAD, RICHMOND LOWLANDS
Discover why the remnant woodlands in Western Sydney are so important for Biodiversity and People. There will be inspiring talks, information displays and opportunities to learn about volunteer opportunities and to sign up for guided bird walks. For more information e-mail Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au or ring Cathy Goswell on 0418 865 421. To book your place, please Register Here for this free event.

BIRD SURVEYS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. WEEKLY FROM SEPTEMBER 17 TO NOVEMBER 5, 2019

You are invited to take part in these annual bird surveys. They take place on Tuesday mornings from 6-9 am with each group surveying for 20 minutes on three to four sites. The first survey was on September 17th with the last survey on November 5th. After your surveys have been done, coffee and biscuits await you. If you would like to take part in the surveys, please contact Pat Thorn on Patthorn@iinet.net.au or Judy Harrington on judyharrington60@gmail.com.

 

PARROTS: A BIRD WEEK EXHIBITION. OPEN ON THURSDAYS TO SUNDAYS BETWEEN OCTOBER 10-27, 2019. THE CORNER GALLERY, PERCIVAL RD & MYRTLE ST, STANMORE

This exhibition features the work of Eggpicnic, Fiona Roderick and Angela Robertson-Buchannan. The artists give 20% of the proceeds to BirdLife Australia. The exhibition is open on Thursdays and Fridays between 12 noon and 6 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am to 3 pm. There is a Drinks Party on Thursday October 24 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

 

TWITCHATHON 2019. OCTOBER 26-27, 2019

Please consider taking part in the 2019 Twitchathon. There are three races to choose from – the BIG WEEKEND, the BIG DAY – a 12 hour race and the BIRDATHON, where each team has three one hour blocks in which to record birds. Alternately you can raise money to support the NSW and ACT project to monitor the re-introduction of Bush Stone-Curlew to a fenced area in the north of the ACT. You can register a team and learn the rules, learn about the state projects and donate money towards your team at https://twitchathon.birdlife.org.au/

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW’S EVENTS

  1. Photography Workshop with David Stowe of Flock WildLife Tours on Sunday 3rd November
  2. Bird Portraiture: A Two Day Workshop with Professional Artist, Peter Wale on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 November

Register your interest in these events by e-mailing Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. OCTOBER 21-27, 2019

You can register for this annual count at https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach and in Pitt Street. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Decline of North American Fauna: Researchers have published data in the journal Science (19th September 2019) showing a net loss of 3 billion birds in the USA equivalent to 29% of the 1970 population of birds. https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2019-09-20/birds-collapse-us-bees-ecology-environment/11520008. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has suggested seven simple actions to support birds. The first three of these are Watch birds and report what you see (Citizen Science), Plant native plants and Keep cats inside. https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/seven-simple-actions-to-help-birds
  2. A new source of disturbance for beach nesting birds has been identified. Drones flown along the beach can cause Hooded Plovers to “attack” the drone meanwhile leaving their chicks unattended. http://birdlife.org.au/media/new-source-of-disturbance/.
  3. Five things to know about White-winged Fairywrens. http://birdlife.org.au/media/5-things/
  4. 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 dates for 2019 and dates for 2020 are:

12/13 October 2019

8/9 February 2020

18/19 April 2020

11/12 July 2020

10/11 October 2020

 

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 


BIRDING BULLETIN 146

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

A GREAT START TO THE NEW RENEWAL PROCESS FOR MEMBERSHIP OF BIRDING NSW

Many thanks to all the members who have already responded to their individually itemised renewal notice. Membership Secretary, Anne van Roekel hopes it has been as easy for you as it is being for her. If you have not already renewed your membership, please consider renewing as soon as possible by following the instructions in the email from Anne. There have been a few emails which bounced, so if  you are a current member of Birding NSW and have not yet received your own form, either by email or Australian Post, please contact Anne on membership@birdingnsw.org.au or on 0434 958 258.

 

BRDING NSW’S ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

Entries for this competition close on Monday September 23 2019. Application forms can be downloaded from the Birding NSW website http://www.birdingnsw.org.au/annual-photo-competition/. Please mail a CD or USB of your images with the completed entry form to PO Box Q277, QVB Post Shop, Sydney, NSW 1230 to arrive by 23 September 2019 or Hand – deliver your CD or USB to a Committee Member at the September Meeting of Birding NSW on September 3, 2019

 

THE SIXTEENTH BIRD SURVEY WEEKEND AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 27–29, 2019

Please join us for the next survey weekend. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell, including many on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and have a barbeque on a private property on Saturday evening. Grenfell is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

BIRD SURVEYS IN SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. WEEKLY FROM SEPTEMBER 17 TO NOVEMBER 5, 2019

You are invited to take part in these annual bird surveys. They take place on Tuesday mornings from 6-9 am with each group surveying for 20 minutes on three to four sites. The first survey is on September 17th with the last survey on November 5th. After your surveys have been done, coffee and biscuits awaits you. There is a Training session on September 10th.  Training will be given on Birdata as well as the survey forms for those not confident enough to use Birdata. You do not have to be an experienced birdwatcher but it would be useful if you were able to identify the common birds. You can ask to be partnered with a more experienced volunteer. If you would like to take part in the surveys, please contact Pat Thorn on Patthorn@iinet.net.au or Judy Harrington on judyharrington60@gmail.com.

 

BACK TO BUNGLES BIRD WEEK SEPTEMBER 28 to OCTOBER 1, 2019

You are invited to join this activity to survey birds in the Warrumbungle National Park. Bird surveys take place each morning leaving plenty of time for other birding. Since the surveys started in 2013 following extensive fires, 110 species have been recorded. For more information go to https://engage.environment.nsw.gov.au/back-to-bungles-bird-week. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au to register your interest.

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY TREE PLANTING ON THE ABC

There was a short piece on the tree planting in the Capertee Valley on Robyn William’s Science Show on Radio National on Saturday August 10. It was given by Kathryn Read who has been involved as a tree planter over a number of years. It can be listened to via the ABC website or ABC Listen App. https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/the-rescue-project-presents-stories-of-land-repair/11399982

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW’S EVENTS

  1. Photography Workshop with David Stowe of Flock WildLife Tours on Sunday 3rd November
  2. Bird Portraiture: A Two Day Workshop with Professional Artist, Peter Wale on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 November

Register your interest in these events by e-mailing Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. OCTOBER 21-27, 2019

You can register for this annual count at https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

SALE OF BOOKS BELONGING TO THE LATE KEN SHINGLETON

Ken Shingleton was awarded an OAM for his contribution to conservation Australia-wide and particularly in relation to the protection of birds and their habitats. Thanks to Ken’s efforts the wetlands in Boyters Lane near South West Rocks are protected and the area recognised locally and by many Australian birders as being a birding hotspot for rarities including Australian Painted Snipe and Australasian Bittern. Ken had a number of bird books. If you are interested in finding out what is for sale, please contact Dick Cooper on 02 6654 8447 or origma505@gmail.com, telephone 0266548447 or PO Box 717, Woolgoolga, NSW, 2456, for further information and offers.

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach and in Pitt Street. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Wind power provides an important source of renewable energy. However birds may collide with the blades. In Tasmania wind farms are proposed on a migratory route used by the Critically Endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and near the nests of endangered Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagles. Thus in the placement of wind farms, conservation of bird species must be considered. http://birdlife.org.au/media/windfarms-and-birds/
  2. The Yellow Sea has been listed as a World Heritage Site. The Yellow Sea is at the centre of the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, a migration ‘super highway’ which supports the world’s greatest diversity and overall numbers of migratory birds. It links the bird populations of more than 22 countries, with Australia being the non-breeding destination of many species which pass through the region. http://birdlife.org.au/media/yellow-sea-listed-as-world-heritage-site/
  3. Read about a simple Citizen Science project that has provided important information about the numbers of Hooded Plovers in Far West Victoria. http://birdlife.org.au/media/plovers-aplenty/
  4. Tasmania is one of those remaining Australian states where recreational shooting of waterfowl is still allowed. Nevertheless, Tasmanian shooters are not allowed to fire their guns at Black Swans, because they are considered a legally protected species throughout the state. There is a loophole, however, as Black Swans are allowed to be shot under a special Crop Protection Permit issued by the government. http://birdlife.org.au/media/tassies-black-swans-in-firing-line/
  5. 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 dates for 2019 are:

Spring          12 & 13 October

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com


BIRDING BULLETIN 145

AUGUST 2019

 

THE SIXTEENTH BIRD SURVEY WEEKEND AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 27–29, 2019

Please join us for the next survey weekend. New surveyors are always welcome. In small groups, we survey on about 30 sites around Grenfell, including many on private properties. The survey takes place on Saturday morning and the rest of the weekend is free for birding. We meet for dinner at the Railway Hotel in Grenfell on Friday evening and have a barbeque on a private property on Saturday evening. Grenfell is about five hours’ drive west of Sydney. Accommodation is available in hotels, a motel and bed and breakfast places as well as in the caravan park. It is advisable to book early. If you would like to join us or would like more information, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

“SCIENCE IN THE SWAMP”, CENTENNIAL PARK. SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019. ALL DAY

Birding NSW will have a stall at this event to showcase the Club’s activities. Allan Richards, Graeme Robinson and Steve Howard will lead short bird walks for members of the public. We know we will need volunteers to be at the stall through the day to answer any questions. Further information on this activity in National Science Week can be found at https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/whatson/science-in-the-swamp. If you can help for an hour or so, please contact Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au or Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au. We still need volunteers for this activity!

“WILD THING EXHIBITION”, LION GATE LODGE GARDEN, THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SUNDAY AUGUST 4 – SUNDAY AUGUST 18, DAILY, 10 AM – 4 PM, FREE

Artists have been invited to create artwork based on the wildlife living in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Proceeds from the sale of original artworks go to the artists and to Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, helping the not-for-profit organisation to continue its support of the horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs within your Botanic Gardens. The exhibition will feature over 30 artists from around the world, including the work of club members Camila De Gregorio and Chris Macaluso from Eggpicnic.

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/Wild-Thing

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY TREE PLANTING. AUGUST 16-18, 2019

The next tree planting in the Capertee Valley is scheduled for August 2019. 2019 marks 25 years of tree planting in the Valley. If you would like to take part, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/southern-nsw-tree-planting/birdlife-southern-nsw/ for information about accommodation and to register. If you can any queries, please contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au.

“FRENCHY’S CANVAS4CANCER” PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, KATOOMBA RSL, 2 PM – 5.30 PM, AUGUST 31, 2019

Club member, John French, is holding an exhibition of large format photographs of birds and animals to raise money for the Cancer Council. This is a ticketed event ($20 for adults) and includes a welcome drink, finger food and live music. TICKETS: https://www.trybooking.com/BDXHM

 

STUDY ON BROWN AND SOUTH POLAR SKUAS ALONG THE EAST COAST 

Please send any photographs that you have of Brown and South Polar Skuas to Vincent Mourik at vincentmourik@gmail.com. Include information on the Place seen (port of departure suffices for pelagic trips) and Date seen. Migration patterns, plumage development, moult timing and duration, even basic identification are poorly understood in Brown Skuas (common winter visitor along the East coast) and South Polar Skuas (rare spring and autumn visitor along the East coast). As part of the SOSSA study on seabirds, conducted during pelagic boat trips off Wollongong and Kiama, Vincent and his colleagues wish to analyse photographs of Skuas to complement their field data.

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW’S EVENTS

  1. Photography Workshop with David Stowe of Flock WildLife Tours on Sunday 3rd November
  2. Bird Portraiture: A Two Day Workshop with Professional Artist, Peter Waleon Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24 November

Register your interest in these events by e-mailing Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

RIVERINA MALLEEFOWL SANCTUARY

David Kellett, Chairperson, National Malleefowl Recovery Team for Riverina Local Land Services spoke at the June 2019 Club Meeting about a new fenced area to protect the Malleefowl. He has sent us this link to a short film about the enclosure. Please note that there is some coarse language heard in the background. https://www.facebook.com/riverinalls/videos/401359923805039/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

 

SALE OF BOOKS BELONGING TO THE LATE KEN SHINGLETON

Ken Shingleton was awarded an OAM for his contribution to conservation Australia-wide and particularly in relation to the protection of birds and their habitats. Thanks to Ken’s efforts the wetlands in Boyters Lane near South West Rocks are protected and the area recognised locally and by many Australian birders as being a birding hotspot for rarities including Australian Painted Snipe and Australasian Bittern. A list of his books is attached. If you are interested in buying any books, please contact Dick Cooper on 02 6654 8447 or origma505@gmail.com, telephone 0266548447 OR PO Box 717, Woolgoolga, NSW, 2456, for further information and offers.

 

DOES ANYONE WANT EARLY COPIES OF THINGS LIKE THE FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS’ CLUB NEWSLETTERS, AUSTRALIAN BIRDS, THE BIRD OBSERVER?

If so please contact Ted Nixon at ted.nixon@mq.edu.au

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach and in Pitt Street. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

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

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. The Yellow Sea has been listed as been listed as a World Heritage Site. The Yellow Sea is at the centre of the East Asian–Australasian Flyway, a migration ‘super highway’ which supports the world’s greatest diversity and overall numbers of migratory birds. It links the bird populations of more than 22 countries, with Australia being the non-breeding destination of many species which pass through the region. http://birdlife.org.au/media/yellow-sea-listed-as-world-heritage-site/
  2. The Grey Range Thick-billed Grasswren has been identified as one of the 20 Australian birds most likely to go extinct in the next 20 years. Now surveys co-ordinated by Western Local Land Services with BirdLife Australia have identified this grasswren on six of seven sites in the White Cliffs area confirming sightings by local landholders. http://birdlife.org.au/media/grasswrens-found/
  3. Australasian Bitterns in rice fields. Read more at https://theconversation.com/meet-the-endangered-bunyip-bird-living-in-australias-rice-paddies-120342
  4. The White-throated Needletail has been added to threatened species list with a conservation status of vulnerable. Numbers are dropping sharply due largely to the loss of nesting holes as mature trees in the Russian Taiga forest are harvested. http://birdlife.org.au/media/vulnerable-and-vanishing/
  5. 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 dates for 2019 are:

Spring          12 & 13 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 143

JUNE 2019

 

“SCIENCE IN THE SWAMP”, CENTENNIAL PARK. SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019. ALL DAY

Birding NSW will have a stall at this event to showcase the Club’s activities. Allan Richards, Graeme Robinson and Steve Howard will lead short bird walks for members of the public. We do not have all the details yet but we know we will need volunteers to be at the stall through the day to answer any questions. Further information on this activity in National Science Week can be found at https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/whatson/science-in-the-swamp. If you can help for an hour or so, please contact Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au or Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au.

“WILD THING EXHIBITION”, LION GATE LODGE GARDEN, THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SUNDAY AUGUST 4 – SUNDAY AUGUST 18, DAILY, 10 AM – 4 PM, FREE

Artists have been invited to create artwork based on the wildlife living in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan. Proceeds from the sale of original artworks go to the artists and to Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, helping the not-for-profit organisation to continue its support of the horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs within your Botanic Gardens. The exhibition will feature over 30 artists from around the world, including the work of club members Camila De Gregorio and Chris Macaluso from Eggpicnic. https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/Wild-Thing

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY TREE PLANTING. AUGUST 16-18, 2019

The next tree planting in the Capertee Valley is scheduled for August 2019. At the recent planting weekend (May 3-5), the tree planters enjoyed a tour of some older plantings (planted between three and 25 years ago). on Crown Station Road. The group were pleased to see 32 bird species during the tour including five threatened species: Brown treecreeper, Black-chinned Honeyeater, Little Lorikeet, Dusky Woodswallow and Hooded Robin.

AVIAN BOTULISM

If you see people feeding wildlife in natural areas in Sydney Olympic Park, or see birds showing signs of illness please call Park Rangers on 0408 864 798. In early April, several waterbirds were sick or died in Lake Belvedere in Sydney Olympic Park. These events were thought to be due to Avian Botulism. Avian Botulism is caused by toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium found naturally in wetlands. Conditions including prolonged high temperatures, fluctuating water levels, decreased dissolved oxygen from an algal bloom or increased decaying organic matter may cause the bacteria to grow rapidly. The bacteria then enter the food web and as food travels from tiny animals to large, the toxins accumulate until birds, at the top of the feeding chain, start to show signs of poisoning. Signage has also been placed out to remind members of the public to not feed the wildlife, as this can increase the presence of decaying organic matter, which can increase likelihood of Clostridium botulinum outbreak and subsequent Avian Botulism.

 

CANE TOADS IN SYDNEY

There have been some recent sightings of the introduced Cane Toad in Sydney including one within 5km of Sydney Olympic Park. In March, a Cane Toad was caught during a frog survey at Rosehill. In May, a Cane Toad was caught in Ermington. If the toad obtained a stronghold at the Park, the impacts of invaders may be difficult to predict and manage, particularly for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog. If you think you’ve spotted a Cane Toad anywhere, please photograph the animal and report it to NSW DPI using the online reporting form www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/sighting or by emailing invasive.species@dpi.nsw.gov.au. If you think you see one in Sydney Olympic Park, please inform the ranger on 0408 864 798.

PARRAMATTA SHOREBIRD COUNTS

Monthly shorebird monitoring by volunteers is now underway on a number of sites on the Parramatta River (Part of the Shorebirds 2020 Program). The roster for the rest of the year is currently being finalised, so it’s not too late to get involved. Contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au to participate.

 

THREATENED SPECIES REOVERY HUB

The latest issue of Science for Saving Species from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub can be found at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/SfSS10%20whole_web.pdf. Among other articles, there is an article about the Forty-Spotted Pardalote in Tasmania, which has suffered reductions in habitat from clearing as well as competition from Noisy Miners. In addition an insect parasite has been killing chicks in the nests. Now birds are given chicken feathers treated with bird safe insecticide. They take these to line their nests. Hopefully this self-fumigation will allow more chicks to survive. These birds also “farm” Manna from White Gums to feed their chicks http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/self-fumigating-birds-and-manna-from-heaven-the-remarkable-forty-spotted-pardalote.

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

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

 

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. The benefits$ of birdwatching: Corey Callaghan and his colleagues from UNSW have written a paper demonstrating the monetary benefits of bird watchers to local communities. They studied the impact of the Aleutian Terns at Old Bar on the local economy and concluded that birders would have contributed over $200,000. http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-benefit-of-birdwatching/
  2. The fate of the Southern Black-throated Finch looks grim with the likely approval of the Adani coal mine. The Finch has already disappeared from 80% of its range and the mine site is the largest remaining significant site for this species. http://birdlife.org.au/media/now-or-never-for-black-throated-finch/
  3. Barmah-Millewa Key Biodiversity Area has been listed as a KBA-in-danger due to the impact of feral animals on the Moira Grass habitat, which is important for Australasian Bitterns. Parks Victoria have drafted a strategic action plan, which will include the removal of feral animals including horses. You are encouraged to comment on this. http://birdlife.org.au/media/endangered-birds-or-feral-horses-your-chance-to-have-your-say/
  4. 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 dates for 2019 are:

Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 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 142

MAY 2019

 

SHOREBIRD COUNTS AND WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY. MAY 11, 2019. 10 AM

Join Judy Harrington from BirdLife Southern NSW at Hen and Chicken Bay to learn about the Parramatta River sites and to carry out bird surveys. Meet on Wymston Parade near the end of Hill Street, Wareemba. For the surveys, please download birdata https://birdata.birdlife.org.au/. Please RSVP to Wendy Fox on southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

There will also be displays and volunteers at the Bird Hide and Discovery Centre

 

REGENT HONEYEATER AND SWIFT PARROT SURVEYS. MAY 18-19, 2019

The biannual survey weekends for Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots are happening again in 2019.  The dates for this year’s surveys are 18-19 May and the 3-4 August (and up to a week either side of these weekends). If you would like to take part in the surveys, please contact Mick Roderick / Emily Mowat at woodlandbirds@birdlife.org.au. There is more information on possible sites for surveys and access to survey forms at http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/woodland-birds-for-biodiversity/latest-news-wl

 

THE KANANGRA-BOYD TO WYANGALA (K2W) BIOBLITZ, WOMBEYAN CAVES, MAY 25-26, 2019

You are invited by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife to take part in 2 days of Citizen Science to collect data, that will enable better management of this important area of native flora and fauna. The surveys will be led by expert ecologists and will build on existing data to increase our understanding and awareness of biodiversity in the K2W wildlife corridor. For more information about the programme and the costs of accommodation/food, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wombeyan-caves-bioblitz-hosted-by-k2w-in-conjunction-with-fnpw-tickets-60508993027 or call 1 800 898 626.

POWERFUL OWL PROJECT

“The Powerful Owl Project is looking for people who’d like to join our citizen science owly army, in time for the breeding season commencement in April. The Project will be training new volunteers to collect ecological data at a variety of locations throughout Sydney and Brisbane and would love to help new people learn more about how they can actively help conserve species in their own back yards. For more information on the project – see the http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/powerful-owl-project. Enquiries to powerfulowl@birdlife.org.au . Events will be posted on the Powerful Owl Project Facebook page.”

AUSTRALIA’S FAUNAL EXTINCTION CRISIS SENATE REPORT

The report recommends new, stronger, environmental laws and an independent national environmental protection authority. The interim report from the Senate can be viewed at https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Faunalextinction/Interim_report

 

LORD HOWE ISLAND CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS. MAY 19-26, 2019

During May and particularly between the dates above there will be an emphasis on bird conservation on Lord Howe Island. Visitors can take part in a number of activities including lectures, pelagic boat trips and bird surveys. For more information go to https://www.lordhoweisland.info/blog-post/get-involved-in-protecting-paradise/

 

PARRAMATTA SHOREBIRD COUNTS

Monthly shorebird monitoring by volunteers is now underway on a number of sites on the Parramatta River (Part of the Shorebirds 2020 Program). The roster for the rest of the year is currently being finalised, so it’s not too late to get involved. Contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au to participate.

 

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, gave a very interesting talk on Brush Turkeys at the Club’s February meeting. He is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below and also learn more about how to deal with Brush Turkeys.

BrushTurkeys App
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

Website: https://www.spotteron.com/brushturkeys


Wingtags App
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-bird

Tips on dealing with Brush-turkeys
http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/About_Ku-ring- gai/Land_and_surrounds/Wildlife_and_Fauna/Native_species_profiles/Brush_Turkey

THREATENED BIRD INDEX

The Index combines data from over 180,000 surveys on 43 threatened birds in over 5000 locations across Australia. It aims to provide information on the overall trends for Australia’s threatened birds. This is the world’s first threatened species index. You can learn more about it at https://www.networkbirdlife.org/home/2018/12/4/threatened-bird-index-launch

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. There is good news for New Zealand’s Kakapos. There are 147 adult Kakapos alive today. These critically endangered parrots have had a particularly good breeding season with 76 chicks hatched and 60 chicks expected to survive. This is the result of an abundance of the bird’s favourite food: fruit from the Rimu tree, a southern species of conifer. Of the 50 breeding females, 49 laid eggs this year. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/17/critically-endangered-kakapo-the-worlds-fattest-parrot-has-record-breeding-season?CMP=share_btn_link
  2. BirdLife Australia and local groups in NSW are demanding that the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) be protected from industrial development. The area is home to more than 30 species of threatened Australian animals including the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Please consider signing the petition to protect the area https://birdlife.good.do/huntereconomiczone/petition/. http://birdlife.org.au/media/no-more-endorsing-extinction/
  3. Reports of Night Parrots from three sites (Diamantina National Park and Goneaway National Park in western Queensland, and Kalamurina Sanctuary in northern South Australia) have been retracted. However the original records on Pullen Pullen in Queensland and the records from Western Australia are considered genuine records. https://nightparrot.com.au/index.php/2019/03/29/statement-on-recent-night-parrot-records/
  4. Varied Sittellas forage generally by spiralling down branches (the opposite to treecreepers). They have upward pointing beaks similar to the Nuthatches in the northern hemisphere. The Greek name for Nuthatch is Sitta and the name of the bird reflects a small Sitta or Sittella. http://birdlife.org.au/media/5-things/
  5. 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 dates for 2019 are:

Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 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 141

APRIL 2019

WINGS ON KING BIRD SURVEY APRIL 25-28, 2019

Wings on King is a project of the King Island Natural Resource Management Group and BirdLife Australia.  It is a bird monitoring project with over 60 sites situated across the island.  Here is the website for more information: https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/wings-on-king. Kate Ravich, the facilitator of the survey, needs additional experienced surveyors to support this community activity. There are 9 endemic subspecies on the island of which two are critically endangered and two are vulnerable as well as lots of visiting migratory birds. The coast is a KBA for shorebirds and the largest river estuary is a RAMSAR wetland. Very recently a new survey has identified that the King Island subspecies of the Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii rufifrons, which is thought to be the most likely bird to go extinct in the next 20 years) and the King Island subspecies of the Scrubtit (Acanthornis magna greeniana) may be more common than previously thought – read more at https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-30/good-news-for-king-island-thornbill-and-scrubtit/10947576.

 

This year there is an additional incentive to attend the survey as the King Island Cultural Centre will hold the inaugural Festival of Art Culture and Environment of King Island (FACE).  The theme is ‘Birds in Our Lives.’ There will be two art exhibitions running over the time of the survey culminating in an art auction.  Artists include Michael Leunig, Katherine Cooper, Jason Roberts and Eggpicnic.

 

BACK TO BUNGLES BIRD WEEK, APRIL 25-28, 2019

The survey will take place each morning from 25 to 28 April inclusive – leaving you plenty of time for other bird-watching and exploring Warrumbungle National Park. Last year 79 species were seen including several Turquoise Parrots. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 

REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTING WEEKEND. MAY 3-5, 2019

The tree planting will take place on May 4 but help with laying out the plants is needed on May 3 also. There will be a community dinner on Saturday evening. You will need to find your own accommodation. On Sunday morning depending on interest, the Central Tablelands Local Land Services will arrange a tour of previous tree planting sites. If you would like to come, contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for the Registration Form.

 

LORD HOWE ISLAND CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS. MAY 19-26, 2019

During May and particularly between the dates above there will be an emphasis on bird conservation on Lord Howe Island. Visitors can take part in a number of activities including lectures, pelagic boat trips and bird surveys. For more information go to https://www.lordhoweisland.info/blog-post/get-involved-in-protecting-paradise/

 

PARRAMATTA SHOREBIRD COUNTS

Monthly shorebird monitoring by volunteers is now underway on a number of sites on the Parramatta River (Part of the Shorebirds 2020 Program). The roster for the rest of the year is currently being finalised, so it’s not too late to get involved. Contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au to participate.

 

BIRDS IN SCHOOLS VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR PENRITH

If you would like to volunteer to assist the BirdLife Australia Project Officers in teaching children in Years 5 and 6 about birds and how to watch them or you know of Primary Schools in the Penrith area that might be interested in being involved, please email Alexandra at alexandra.johnson@birdlife.org.au. For more information, go to http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/Birds-Schools.

 

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, gave a very interesting talk on Brush Turkeys at the Club’s February meeting. He is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below and also learn more about how to deal with Brush Turkeys.

BrushTurkeys App
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

Website: https://www.spotteron.com/brushturkeys


Wingtags App
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-bird

Tips on dealing with Brush-turkeys
http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/About_Ku-ring- gai/Land_and_surrounds/Wildlife_and_Fauna/Native_species_profiles/Brush_Turkey

BROOME BIRD OBSERVATORY (BBO)

This is the time of year when BBO is the place to be to watch thousands of migratory shorebirds set off on their long and dangerous flights to their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere. You can read about the migration at http://www.broomebirdobservatory.com/the-migration.

 

THREATENED BIRD INDEX

The Index combines data from over 180,000 surveys on 43 threatened birds in over 5000 locations across Australia. It aims to provide information on the overall trends for Australia’s threatened birds. This is the world’s first threatened species index. You can learn more about it at https://www.networkbirdlife.org/home/2018/12/4/threatened-bird-index-launch

 

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. BirdLife Australia has slammed Adani and the Australian Department of Environment for their refusal to acknowledge scientific fact and ensure the survival of Australia’s Endangered Southern Black-throated Finch. The proposed offsets for the birds are considered unsatisfactory and could be mined themselves! http://birdlife.org.au/media/black-throated-finch-management-plan-a-national-disgrace/
  2. BirdLife Australia and local groups in NSW are demanding that the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) be protected from industrial development. The area is home to more than 30 species of threatened Australian animals including the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. Please consider signing the petition to protect the area https://birdlife.good.do/huntereconomiczone/petition/. http://birdlife.org.au/media/no-more-endorsing-extinction/
  3. Shearwaters and Petrels are one of the most endangered groups of seabirds. A global review has identified six major global threats to these birds. These are invasive species, overfishing, bycatch in commercial fisheries, light pollution, climate change and marine pollution. http://birdlife.org.au/media/key-threats-to-petrels-and-shearwaters/
  4. Reports of Night Parrots from three sites (Diamantina National Park and Goneaway National Park in western Queensland, and Kalamurina Sanctuary in northern South Australia) have been retracted. However the original records on Pullen Pullen in Queensland and the records from Western Australia are considered genuine records. http://birdlife.org.au/media/real-night-parrots/

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 dates for 2019 are:

Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 October

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

Tuesday 7 May Club Meeting: The Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7:30 pm. A video of the Western Ground Parrot.

Two copies of the new book ‘’Your Backyard Birds’’ by Dr Grainne Cleary will be on offer as Lucky Door prizes at this meeting! Don’t miss out!

 

 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 140
MARCH 2019

 GRENFELL BIRD SURVEYS. MARCH 22-24, 2019

The dates for the Grenfell bird survey weekends in 2019 are March 22-24 and September 27-29. The surveys weekends will take the same format at previously with the bird survey on Saturday mornings, dinner at the Railway Hotel on Friday evening and a barbecue on Saturday evening. The March survey date clashes with the NSW State Election but you can always vote in Grenfell. If you would like to take part, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. MARCH 10, 9.15-12.30

Attendance at this meeting is free but you need to register. The Members’ day starts with a train ride tour of the Armory from 9.30 am. The meeting will be held in Building 129 near the Discovery Centre.  Speakers include Andrew and Sharon Morgan, Volunteers from the Eyre Bird Observatory. To see the programme and download the registration form, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-agm1/birdlife-southern-nsw/

WINGS ON KING BIRD SURVEY APRIL 25-28, 2019

Wings on King is a project of the King Island Natural Resource Management Group and BirdLife Australia.  It is a bird monitoring project with over 60 sites situated across the island.  Here is the website for more information: https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/wings-on-king. Kate Ravich, the facilitator of the survey, needs additional experienced surveyors to support this community activity. There are nine endemic subspecies on the island of which two are critically endangered and two are vulnerable as well as lots of visiting migratory birds. The coast is a KBA for shorebirds and the largest river estuary is a RAMSAR wetland. This year there is an additional incentive to attend the survey as the King Island Cultural Centre will hold the inaugural Festival of Art Culture and Environment of King Island (FACE).  The theme is ‘Birds in Our Lives.’ There will be two art exhibitions running over the time of the survey culminating in an art auction.  Artists include Michael Leunig, Katherine Cooper, Jason Roberts, Eggpicnic and others, so there is an extra incentive to go to King Island this autumn.

BACK TO BUNGLES BIRD WEEK, APRIL 25-28, 2019

The survey will take place each morning from 25 to 28 April inclusive – leaving you plenty of time for other bird-watching and exploring Warrumbungle National Park. Last year 79 species were seen including several Turquoise Parrots. Please contact Gillian Dunkerley at gillian.dunkerley@environment.nsw.gov.au for more information and to register your interest.

 REGENT HONEYEATER TREE PLANTING WEEKEND. MAY 3-5, 2019

The tree planting will take place on May 4 but help with laying out the plants is needed on May 3 also. There will be a community dinner on Saturday evening. You will need to find your own accommodation. On Sunday morning depending on interest, the Central Tablelands Local Land Services will arrange a tour of previous tree planting sites. If you would like to come, please contact Wendy Fox at southernnsw@birdlife.org.au for the Registration Form.

LORD HOWE ISLAND CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS. MAY 19-26, 2019

During May and particularly between the dates above there will be an emphasis on bird conservation on Lord Howe Island. Visitors can take part in a number of activities including lectures, pelagic boat trips and bird surveys. For more information go to https://www.lordhoweisland.info/blog-post/get-involved-in-protecting-paradise/

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, gave a very interesting talk on Brush Turkeys at the Club’s February meeting. He is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below and also learn more about how to deal with Brush Turkeys.

BrushTurkeys App
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

Website: https://www.spotteron.com/brushturkeys

Wingtags App
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/the-wingtags-project/report-a-bird

Tips on dealing with Brush-turkeys
http://www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/About_Ku-ring- gai/Land_and_surrounds/Wildlife_and_Fauna/Native_species_profiles/Brush_Turkey

BROOME BIRD OBSERVATORY (BBO)

This is the time of year when BBO is the place to be to watch thousands of migratory shorebirds set off on their long and dangerous flights to their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere. You can read about the migration at http://www.broomebirdobservatory.com/the-migration.

THREATENED BIRD INDEX

The Index combines data from over 180,000 surveys on 43 threatened birds in over 5000 locations across Australia. It aims to provide information on the overall trends for Australia’s threatened birds. This is the world’s first threatened species index. You can learn more about it at https://www.networkbirdlife.org/home/2018/12/4/threatened-bird-index-launch

EGGPICNIC PICTURES AND SHOWROOM

You can now see Eggpicnic’s pictures at Bondi Beach. Also you are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

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://wwwyoutube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. BirdLife Australia has slammed Adani and the Australian Department of Environment for their refusal to acknowledge scientific fact and ensure the survival of Australia’s Endangered Southern Black-throated Finch. The proposed offsets for the birds are considered unsatisfactory and could be mined themselves! http://birdlife.org.au/media/black-throated-finch-management-plan-a-national-disgrace/
  2. Nearly 400,000 ducks were shot during the hunting season in Victoria last year. This figure comprised nearly 133,000 Pacific Black Ducks, 123,000 Grey Teal and 89,000 Australian Wood Ducks, with the balance made up of thousands of Australasian Shovelers, Chestnut Teal, Hardheads, Australian Shelducks and Pink-eared Ducks. http://birdlife.org.au/media/thousands-of-ducks-set-to-be-killed/
  3. Floating shorebird roosts are being trialled in coastal habitat in three sites on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, in south-eastern Australia and in the Guem Estuary in the Republic of Korea. The roosts are modelled on floating, long-line oyster bags. Chris Purnell, BirdLife Australia’s Wetland Birds Program Manager has reported that the trial roosts at Melbourne Water’s Western Treatment Plant and Parks Victoria’s Spit Conservation Reserve are showing good results with a variety of ducks already using them.

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 dates for 2019 are:

Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 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 139

FEBRUARY 2019

 GRENFELL BIRD SURVEYS. MARCH 22-24, 2019

The dates for the Grenfell bird survey weekends in 2019 are March 22-24 and September 27-29. The surveys weekends will take the same format at previously with the bird survey on Saturday mornings, dinner at the Railway Hotel on Friday evening and a barbecue on Saturday evening. The March survey date clashes with the NSW State Election but you can always vote in Grenfell. If you would like to take part, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 BIRDLIFE SOUTHERN NSW MEMBERS’ DAY & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. MARCH 10, 9.15-12.30

Attendance at this meeting is free but you need to register. To see the programme and download the registration form, go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-agm1/birdlife-southern-nsw/

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, will be speaking at the Club’s February meeting. He is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

EXPLORE E-BIRD

You can go to https://ebird.org/explore and type in the name of a species and find a map of its worldwide distribution together with photographs of the bird and recordings of its calls.

 MURMURATION OF BUDGERIGARS

To see a video of this huge flock of Budgerigars in northern Queensland, go to https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-09/wild-budgie-cloud-fascinates-locals-in-north-queensland-outback/10703346

 COMB-CRESTED JACANA IN THE NEWS

Go to https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-27/combcrested-jacana-waterbird-carrying-chicks-to-safety/10737512 to see this male bird carrying his chicks to safety

 WANTED: VOLUNTEER WITH EXPERTISE IN THE CRUISE SHIP/TRAVEL INDUSTRY

Birdlife Australia’s Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) is looking for a volunteer with expertise in the travel industry particularly cruise ships to explore the development of a possible new project. Please contact the KBA Programme Leader, Golo Maurer, on kba@birdlife.org.au

WINGS ON KING BIRD SURVEY APRIL 25-28, 2019

This will take place at the same time as the Arts Festival. If you are interested in taking part in the surveys, please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/register.

 THREATENED BIRD INDEX

The Index combines data from over 180,000 surveys on 43 threatened birds in over 5000 locations across Australia. It aims to provide information on the overall trends for Australia’s threatened birds. This is the world’s first threatened species index. You can learn more about it at https://www.networkbirdlife.org/home/2018/12/4/threatened-bird-index-launch

 BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA’s BEACH-NESTING BIRDS PROJECT

The latest newsletter from this project is available at http://www.birdlife.org.au/documents/BNB_Word_about_the_Hood_Edition_20_Summer_2018-19.pdf

 GREAT CUMBUNG SWAMP

The Nature Conservancy has acquired two cattle stations near Balranald on the Murrumbidgee River to protect this important swamp for breeding birds. The properties adjoin the Yanga National Park and a NSW government owned property, Gayini-Nimmie Caira. The three properties will be managed together, which will result in the protection of almost all of the Great Cumbung Swamp.

 EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 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://wwwyoutube.com/user/birdsinbackyards/videos.

 CONSERVATION NEWS FROM BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Mallee Emu-wrens were reintroduced to Ngarkat Conservation Park in South Australia in August 2018. Mallee Emu-wrens became extinct in South Australia in 2014 following a bush fire in Ngarkat and Billiatt Conservation Parks. Monitoring indicates that the birds are breeding with young found in nests in October 2018. http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-return/.
  2. In December extensive searches of habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone within the Lower Hunter Valley KBA found about 20 Regent Honeyeaters including birds feeding chicks and a Swift Parrot. This important area of woodland is subject to a number of threats including industrial development. http://birdlife.org.au/media/hez-critical-for-regent-honeyeaters/.
  3. Floating shorebird roosts are being trialled in coastal habitat in three sites on the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, in south-eastern Australia and in the Guem Estuary in the Republic of Korea. The roosts are modelled on floating, long-line oyster bags. http://birdlife.org.au/media/floating-shorebird-roosts-trialled/

 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 dates for 2019 are:

Summer        9 & 10 February
Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 October

If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com



BIRDING BULLETIN 138

JANUARY 2019

 

AUSTRALIA’S EXTINCTION CRISIS

Did you know that Australia has the highest animal extinction rate in the world? Currently there are more than 230 threatened bird species in Australia because of ongoing habitat loss and other environmental changes. Sightings of the Laughing Kookaburra are down by 40% in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Anyone can make important contributions to the knowledge of bird numbers by contributing data to BirdLife Australia’s Birdata (http://www.birdlife.org.au/projects/atlas-and-birdata). All our data from the bird surveys around Grenfell are now in Birdata.

 

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

Matthew Hall, a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, will be speaking at the Club’s February meeting. He is keen to hear of sightings of unbanded Brush Turkeys and of turkey mounds, particularly those on public land. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

 “HELP US FIND REGENT HONEYEATERS”.

Please look out for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters and report any sightings to Dean Ingwersen (Freecall number 1800 621 056 or email dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au). Most records this year have come from coastal regions with Regent Honeyeaters not being seen in their traditional breeding sites. Please look particularly in coastal forests where there is some blossom.

 

GRENFELL BIRD SURVEYS IN 2019

The dates for the Grenfell bird survey weekends in 2019 are March 22-23 and September 27-29. The surveys weekends will take the same format at previously with the bird survey on Saturday mornings. The March survey date clashes with the NSW State Election. If you would like to take part, please contact Elisabeth Karplus on emhodson@exemail.com.au or Allan Richards on activities@birdingnsw.org.au

 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE UPDATE

A report from Judy Harrington in December 2018 indicates that the most recent chick (SE21) raised in Sydney Olympic Park is recovering from her wing injury and from the Trichomoniasis infection affecting her mouth, tongue and pharynx.  Trichomoniasis in raptors is caused by Trichomonas gallinae, a protozoan parasite. The pigeon is the primary host, but T. gallinae also occurs in a number of other birds, including hawks, falcons and eagles, that feed on pigeons. Symptoms include difficulty in swallowing and feeding, weight loss, green droppings, lesions in the throat and palate and a puffy appearance. The wing injury occurred when the eagle became trapped by that wing below the nest in mid-November.

 

BIRD STRIKE IN AUSTRALIA

BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyard Program is investigating the scale of the bird-strike problem in Australia, including both window and car collisions. Research is being conducted to guide solutions and best practice guidelines so that we can begin to understand this issue and how it is affecting Australian birds. You can report any bird window/car strikes using our online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aussiebirdstrike. If you would like to know more about this project, please go to http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/content/article/Introducing-Bird-Strike-Project.

 

SHOREBIRD 2020 PROGRAMME

The Shorebird 2010 programme is raising awareness of migratory and other shorebirds in Australia. The main count of shorebirds is done in January. If you are interested in taking part in the counting or in workshops, please go to https://birdlife.org.au/projects/shorebirds-2020 or contact shorebirds@birdlife.org.au.

 

MIGRATION OF EASTERN CURLEWS

Two Eastern Curlews were tagged in Darwin in late 2017. Subsequently the scientists were able to track them on their journeys north and then back to Darwin. You can read more at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/curlew-globe-trotting-update

 

EXPLORE E-BIRD

You can go to https://ebird.org/explore and type in the name of a species and find a map of its worldwide distribution together with photographs of the bird and recordings of its calls.

 

AUSTRALIAN BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

To see the winners and the shortlisted entries of the 2018 competition, please go to https://www.birdlifephotoaward.org.au/gallery-home. Two of the top 10 photographers in the recent Birding NSW photographic competition had photographs among the shortlisted entries.

 

EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. Please note that the showroom will be closed from December 23, 2018 to January 24, 2019. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Recent counts indicate that the numbers of Carnaby’s Black-cockatoos have stabilised in the south west of Western Australia. Previously numbers had been dropping progressively over the past 40 years. For an update, please go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/carnabys-decline-has-stopped-for-now/
  2. The Threatened Bird Index, a joint project between BirdLife Australia and The Threatened Species Recovery Hub, was launched recently by the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box. The Index indicates that there has been a serious decrease in threatened bird species in the last three decades – particularly of shorebirds. To read more about this, please go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/new-index-reveals-population-drop/
  3. Mallee Emu-wrens were reintroduced to Ngarkat Conservation Park in South Australia in August 2018. Mallee Emu-wrens became extinct in South Australia in 2014 following a bush fire in Ngarkat and Billiatt Conservation Parks. Monitoring indicates that the birds are breeding with young found in nests in October 2018. http://birdlife.org.au/media/the-return/.
  4. The Australian Labor Party has committed to making reforms to environmental laws to provide increased protection for nature in Australia. http://birdlife.org.au/media/shortening-the-odds-on-preventing-extinction/
  5. In December extensive searches of habitat in the Hunter Economic Zone within the Lower Hunter Valley KBA found about 20 Regent Honeyeaters including birds feeding chicks and a Swift Parrot. This important area of woodland is subject to a number of threats including industrial development. http://birdlife.org.au/media/hez-critical-for-regent-honeyeaters/

 

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 dates for 2019 are:

Summer        9 & 10 February
Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring          12 & 13 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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NOVEMBER 2018

 

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

A message from our Membership Secretary, Anne van Roekel

It would be great to have all the renewals in by Christmas this year, so if yours has slipped your mind please renew by going to the Birding NSW website http://www.birdingnsw.org.au. Select the membership button, then the renewal choice. Pay by bank transfer using your membership number or surname as reference. Account name: Birding NSW BSB: 062169 Account No.: 10193174.

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

“HELP US FIND REGENT HONEYEATERS”.

Please look out for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters and report any sightings to Dean Ingwersen (Freecall number 1800 621 056 or email dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au). Most records this year have come from coastal regions with Regent Honeyeaters not being seen in their traditional breeding sites. Please look particularly in coastal forests where there is some blossom.

 

TWITCHATHON 2018, 27-28 OCTOBER 2018

The Twitchathon is over but you can still support the teams from Birding NSW. You can give cash to Elisabeth Karplus (Champagne Shrike-tits) or Alan Morris (Central Coast Champion Choughs) at club meetings or you can donate on line using the links below. Alan and his team took part in the Big Weekend race and saw 240 species. Elisabeth and her team took part in the Big Day race and saw 114 species. This year funds in NSW are being raised for Regent Honeyeater research by Ross Crates at ANU. Ross will give the Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture on “Regent Honeyeater Research” at the Club’s meeting on December 4.

 

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/188710/champagne-shriketits

 

https://www.mycause.com.au/page/189153/central-coast-champion-choughs

 

CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS AUSTRALIA. REVIVING ROCKDALE WETLANDS. 9 NOVEMBER 2018

Rockdale Wetlands run from the Cooks River to Sans Souci and have been identified as critically important habitat for the local declining flora and fauna species. Be the first to break ground on this three year project before pausing for morning tea and celebrating alongside CVA, Sydney Airport and Bayside Council. To book go to https://bookings.conservationvolunteers.org/project/reviving-rockdale-wetlands

 

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.

 

EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

LITTLE BIRDS: A BIRD WEEK EXHIBITION. 19 OCTOBER – 13 NOVEMBER 2018. 12 – 4 PM

This exhibition is at The Corner Gallery, Percival Road and Myrtle Street, Stanmore. It features works by Eggpicnic (see above), Angela Robertson-Buchanan and Fiona Roderick and is supporting BirdLife Australia. There will be fine art prints, lino-print artworks and photographs for sale.

 

THE OVERWINTERING PROJECT: MAPPING SANCTUARY. NOVEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 31, 2018

WYNDHAM ART GALLERY, Wyndham Cultural Centre, 177 Watton Street, Werribee, VIC
This art exhibition by Kate Gorringe-Smith and over a hundred of her colleagues opens at 6pm Wednesday 7 November. The Overwintering Project aims to rally the Australian printmaking community to help bring these amazing birds into the realm of public knowledge through a linked series of exhibitions over a 5 year period. Money raised from print sales will also go toward shorebird research and conservation. If you happen to be in Victoria, you may want to visit this exhibition.

 

“FOUR BILLION BIRDS WILL FLY THROUGH AMERICAN AIRSPACE THIS FALL”
Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers used data from weather-radar stations between 2013 and 2017 to count the numbers of birds crossing the northern and southern borders of the United States in autumn and spring. You can read about how this study was undertaken and what was found by going to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/4-billion-birds-will-fly-through-american-airspace-this-fall

 

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

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. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Moreton Bay is one of the last remaining sites that still supports decent numbers of Eastern Curlews, whose numbers have dropped by 85% over the last 25 years. However, the development proposal for Toondah Harbour will destroy a large section of their Ramsar protected feeding mudflats and drive them closer to the edge of extinction. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/protecting-our-natural-heritage/.
  2. Late last year, the Burragorang Valley, a heritage-listed valley in a remote part of the Blue Mountains, was found to support more than 20 Regent Honeyeaters, including at least seven breeding pairs. However, the valley’s eucalyptus woodlands have been earmarked for flooding in a plan to increase the capacity of the Warragamba Dam by raising the dam wall.To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/regents-going-under/.
  3. Why the Robin has a red breast. To read about Aboriginal stories of how Robins acquired red breasts, go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/why-the-robin-has-a-red-breast/.

 

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 dates for 2019 are:

Summer        9 & 10 February
Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring         12 & 13 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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OCTOBER 2018

 

“HELP US FIND REGENT HONEYEATERS”.

Please look out for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeaters and report any sightings to Dean Ingwersen (Freecall number 1800 621 056 or email dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au). Most records this year have come from coastal regions with Regent Honeyeaters not being seen in their traditional breeding sites. Please look particularly in coastal forests where there is some blossom.

 

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK ANNUAL BIRD SURVEYS. 11 SEPTEMBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2018

You are still welcome to take part in these bird surveys. Surveys take place between 6 and 9 am with each site taking 20-30 minutes; usually each group surveys on three sites. You don’t need to volunteer for every survey and you don’t need to be an expert birder. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Judy Harrington judyharrington60@gmail.com.

 

BIRD HAVEN FESTIVAL, OCTOBER 21, 2018

Bird Haven Festival is a new celebration to promote an appreciation and understanding of birds and their habitat. It is to be an annual event held in Shoalhaven Heads on the NSW South Coast, and will be based around the themes of Science, Conservation, Education, Community and Creativity. It is supported by BirdLife Shoalhaven. Tickets to this year’s fledgling event are available online for $10, including morning tea. Numbers are limited due to the size of the venue, so register your interest at www.birdhavenfestival.com.au

 

TWITCHATHON 2018, 27-28 OCTOBER 2018

You are invited to take part in the Twitchathon. This year funds in NSW are being raised for Regent Honeyeater research by Ross Crates at ANU. Birding NSW will field a team comprising Elisabeth and Tom Karplus and Phillip Brook. If you would like to join this team, please contact Elisabeth on emhodson@exemail.com.au or 0421 665553. If you would like to have your own team take part, please register at https://www.birdlifetwitchathon.org.au/join-in. You can also sponsor our team or another team at https://www.birdlifetwitchathon.org.au/join-in.

 

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 22-28 OCTOBER 2018

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia’s knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer. Head to the website (https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ and register as a Counter today!

 

“WINGS ON KING” BIRD SURVEYS. OCTOBER 25-28, 2018

King Island had 10 of the 12 Tasmanian endemics as well as six specific King Island subspecies. Bird surveys take place at fixed sites around the island. For more information and the itinerary, please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/launch-2017.

 

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.

 

EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

LITTLE BIRDS: A BIRD WEEK EXHIBITION. 19 OCTOBER-13 NOVEMBER 2018. 12 – 4 PM

This exhibition is at The Corner Gallery, Percival Road and Myrtle Street, Stanmore. It features works by Eggpicnic (see above), Angela Robertson-Buchanan and Fiona Roderick and is supporting BirdLife Australia. There will be fine art prints, lino-print artworks and photographs for sale. The formal opening of the exhibition will take place on the Tuesday 23rd of October from 5-8pm.

 

BIRD APP TO RECORD BRUSH TURKEY SIGHTINGS

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. You can now download a Bird app to record your sightings of Brush Turkeys. Since the app has been available, Matthew has had many more sightings of Brush Turkeys to investigate. Please consider submitting your sightings of Brush Turkeys via the app to help Matthew in his research. You can download the app using the links below.

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.brushturkeys

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brushturkeys-spotteron/id1434760216

DIFFICULT BIRDS RESEARCH GROUP

This group based at the ANU studies runs important research programmes for the Orange-bellied Parrot, Swift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Superb Parrot and the Palm Cockatoo. The group includes Ross Crates, who will give the Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture on his research on Regent Honeyeaters at the Club’s December 2018 meeting. You can read about their research at https://www.difficultbirds.com/.

 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLES
The two eggs hatched on July 21 and July 23. The second chick died on August 24 but the first chick remains healthy and can be viewed at Sea-Eagle Cam. For the latest information about the chicks, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw/latest-news-sn

 

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 AND ELSEWHERE

  1. Late last year, the Burragorang Valley, a heritage-listed valley in a remote part of the Blue Mountains, was found to support more than 20 Regent Honeyeaters, including at least seven breeding pairs. However, the valley’s eucalyptus woodlands have been earmarked for flooding in a plan to increase the capacity of the Warragamba Dam by raising the dam wall.To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/regents-going-under/.
  2. Inflated party balloons seen more than 250 kilometres off the NSW coast shocked scientists on board the CSIRO research vessel Investigator. Two separate clusters of balloons were observed far from land around noon on Sunday 16 September while the ship was on a voyage to study ocean productivity. Bits of balloons may be eaten by seabirds. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/balloons-no-party-for-marine-birds/.
  3. There is an Aboriginal story from the Wotjobaluk people of the Wimmera and Mallee districts of western and north-western Victoria which tells us how Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes gained their distinctive facial marking. To hear the story, go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/how-the-bfcs-got-its-name/.
  4. Following advocacy particularly by bird groups, Shoalhaven Council has rescinded its motion to allow a 12-month trial of a 24/7 off-leash zone at Cudmirrah Beach, Sussex Inlet due to the adverse effects that unleashed dogs would have on the beach-nesting birds that live there, particularly the small local population of Hooded Plovers. To read more go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/beach-safer-for-hoodies/
  5. Rare birds are turning up in unusual places because of the drought. To read more go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/media/far-and-wide/

 

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 dates for 2019 are:

Summer        9 & 10 February
Autumn       13 & 14 April
Winter         13 & 14 July
Spring         12 & 13 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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AUSTRALIAN SENATE’S INQUIRY INTO AUSTRALIA’S FAUNAL EXTINCTION CRISIS 

The Australian Senate has referred Australia’s faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report and is calling for the public’s opinion and feedback. BirdLife Australia has provided a draft response to the inquiry, which you can use if you wish. It is really important that as many of us as possible make submissions. To make a submission to the Inquiry, please go to https://www.actforbirds.org/senate-inquiry-submission/.

 

INTRODUCTION TO BIRD PORTRAITURE. DISCOVERY CENTRE, AUGUST 11-12, 2018

A two day workshop with professional artist, Peter Wale, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018 from 9.15 am to 3.00 pm will take place at the BirdLife Southern NSW Discovery Centre, Newington Armory, 1 Jamieson St, Sydney Olympic Park. For more information and to register, please go to http://www.birdlife.org.au/events/detail/birdlife-southern-nsw-two-day-art-course/birdlife-southern-nsw/

 

CAPERTEE VALLEY TREE PLANTING. AUGUST 18-19, 2018

The next tree planting in support of the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Project will take place on a property on Glen Davis Road on August 18 and 19. For further information and to register please contact Wendy Fox of BirdLife Southern NSW 9647 1033 or southernnsw@birdlife.org.au

 

KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA BIRD SURVEY AROUND GRENFELL. SEPTEMBER 21 – 23, 2018

The September survey will be our 14th survey. Existing and new surveyors are encouraged to take part in the next bird survey around Grenfell. We will survey on 30 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.

 

RANKINS SPRINGS BIRDING WEEKEND. SEPTEMBER 28 – 30, 2018

You are invited to a weekend of bird watching and other activities around Rankins Springs organised by Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group (LFAG). Rankins Springs is 100 km west of West Wyalong so you will see many western species including Budgerigars, Major Mitchell Cockatoos and Black and Pied Honeyeaters. For more information go to https://www.lfwag.org.au/upcoming-events and for regular updates on the programme,  contact Helen on lfwagroup@gmail.com.

 

ANNUAL BIRDING NSW REGENT HONEYEATER SURVEY. CAPERTEE VALLEY. OCTOBER 5-7, 2018

We are looking for surveyors to take part in the Regent Honeyeater survey on Saturday October 6. 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). Accommodation is available for up to 14 surveyors in the Homestead in Capertee Valley National Park. 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.

 

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK ANNUAL BIRD SURVEYS. 11 SEPTEMBER – 6 NOVEMBER 2018

You are invited to take part in these bird surveys weekly for 8 weeks. There is a training session at 9 am on 11 September including training to enter sightings into Birdata. The first survey in on 18 September. Surveys take place between 6 and 9 am with each site taking 20-30 minutes; usually each group surveys on three sites. You don’t need to volunteer for every survey and you don’t need to be an expert birder. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Pat Thorn, President of CBOC, on Patthorn@iinet.net.au.

 

“WINGS ON KING” BIRD SURVEYS. OCTOBER 25-28, 2018

King Island had 10 of the 12 Tasmanian endemics as well as six specific King Island subspecies. Bird surveys take place at fixed sites around the island. For more information and the itinerary, please go to https://www.birdsofkingisland.com/launch-2017.

 

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.

 

EGGPICNIC SHOWROOM

You are invited to visit this showroom of pictures by club member, Camila De Gregorio. The showroom at Suite 7, Level 1, 66 Oxford St, Darlinghurst is open Wednesdays from 4-6 pm or by appointment. You can contact Camila on camila.de.gregorio@gmail.com or visit the website eggpicnic.com.

 

THE 20 AUSTRALIAN BIRDS MOST AT RISK OF EXTINCTION OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS

The Threatened Species Recovery Hub has identified the 20 Australian birds most at risk of extinction. At the top of the list is the King Island Brown Thornbill. You can read about them at http://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/media-release-top-20-australian-mammals-and-birds-at-risk-of-extinction.

 

DIFFICULT BIRDS RESEARCH GROUP

This group based at the ANU studies runs important research programmes for the Orange-bellied Parrot, Swift Parrot, Regent Honeyeater, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Superb Parrot and the Palm Cockatoo. The group includes Ross Crates, who will give the Arnold McGill Memorial Lecture on his research on Regent Honeyeaters at the Club’s December 2018 meeting. You can read about their research at https://www.difficultbirds.com/.

 

WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLES
The two eggs hatched on July 21 and July 23. The chicks can be viewed at Sea-Eagle Cam.

 

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

 

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. 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/.
  2. Toondah Harbour, in Queensland’s Moreton Bay Key Biodiversity Area, is an internationally recognised wetland and a RAMSAR. Despite this, the Minister for the Environment has allowed the proposed development to progress to the next stage even though the development (in its current form) will still encroach on 40 hectares of the Ramsar site. To read more go to http://birdlife.org.au/media/toondah-development-moves-ahead/
  3. Learn from the Wotjobaluk people of the Wimmera and Mallee districts of western and north-western Victoria why Grey Shrike-thrushes whistle. http://birdlife.org.au/media/why-the-grey-shrike-thrush-whistles/

 

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 2018 are 13/14 October. New surveyors are welcome. If you would like to take part in the Cowra surveys, please contact Malcolm Fyfe on (02) 4471-8757 or malcolmfyfe85@gmail.com

 

BIRDING NSW ACTIVITIES FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 2018

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.

Previous Bulletins

 

AUGUST 2018

 

Tuesday 7 August Club Meeting: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm. “Nocturnal Wildlife in Sydney”. Speaker: Jayden Walsh

 

Wednesday 8 August Central Coast Half-day 0uting: Central Coast Wetlands and Tuggerah Wetlands. A joint outing with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club. Meet at 8.30 am at McPherson Road Swamp, Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah. Lunch at cars. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482.

 

Saturday 11 August Club Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 8.30 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: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

                                                                                                          

Saturday 18 August Club Outing: Scheyville National Park and Hawkesbury area. Meet at 8.30 am at the car park for Scheyville National Park Headquarters off Scheyville Road. Lunch at cars. Leader: Trevor Waller 0467 977 508

 

Tuesday 28 August Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7.30 pm at the Tuggerah Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah opposite McDonalds.Gluepot Adventure”. Speaker: Daniel McKeon

 

Wednesday 29 August Mid-week Outing: Royal National Park. Meet 8.30 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: Judy Clark 0413 550 899

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

Saturday 1 September Central Coast Outing; Quorrobolong. Meet at 830 am at the Shell Service Station, Freemans Waterhole. Lunch at cars. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482

 

Tuesday 4 September Club Meeting: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, The Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney at 7.30 pm.Beyond backyard birding: how birders contribute to ecology and conservation”. Speaker: Corey Callaghan

 

Saturday 8 September Club Outing: Warriewood Wetlands and Irrawong Reserve. Meet at 8.30 am at Katoa Close, Warriewood. Lunch will be from cars. Gradient: Easy with bush tracks. Leader: Russell Beardmore 9400 9782 mobile 0404 023 223

 

Wednesday 12 September Central Coast Half-day Outing: Dubbo Gully. Meet at 8.30 am at the corner of Wisemans Ferry Road and Waratah Road, Mangrove Mountain. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret Pointer 02 4374 1163.

 

Saturday 15 September Club Outing: Colo River and Wheeney Creek. Meet 9.00 am at the south side of the Colo River Bridge on the Putty Road north of Wilberforce. Lunch at cars. Leader: Philip Brook 9929 4818

 

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September Grenfell KBA Survey: See information above

 

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September Central Coast Weekend Campout: Cootamundra area. Meet at 8.30 am at the Cootamundra Caravan Park, 55 Mackay Street, Cootamundra. Birding in local state forests and nature reserves. Leader: Alan Morris 0418 269 482

 

Sunday 23 September – Monday 1 October Tagalong Campout: Round Hill Nature Reserve and the Riverina area. A tagalong camping tour is being planned to commence on Sunday 23 September at Round Hill Nature Reserve near Lake Cargelligo in Central NSW. We will have three full days to explore Round Hill looking for birds such as Gilbert’s Whistler, Chestnut Quail-Thrush and Southern Scrub-Robin. The campsite at Round Hill will be at Whoey Tank off the Euabalong – Mt Hope Road. There are no facilities such as water or toilets at Whoey Tank. Please note that open camp-fires are not permitted. On Thursday 27 we will travel to Leeton in the heart of the Riverina. There are many excellent areas for birds around Narrandera, Leeton and Griffith covering a wide range of habitat such as Mallee, Mixed Woodland, River Red Gum Forest and Wetlands. There are 2 caravan-parks and plenty of other accommodation at Leeton. Please note that you must let Allan know if you plan to join the tagalong so please email him at activities@birdingnsw.org.au to register interest and to obtain directions to the campsite at Round Hill. Leader: Allan Richards 0432 064 660

 

Tuesday 25 September Central Coast Meeting: Meet at 7.30 pm at the Tuggerah Progress Hall in Anzac Street, Tuggerah opposite McDonalds. “Threatened Reptiles of the Central Coast”. Speaker: Jayden Walsh

 

Wednesday 26 September Mid-week Outing: Centennial Park. Meet at 8.30 am in Dickens Drive near the corner of Parkes Drive, Centennial Park. Bird watching within the park and other nearby areas. Leader: Dick Dallimore 0429 919 515

 

Saturday 29 September Central Coast Outing: Bucketty, Mogo Camp and Mangrove Dam. Meet at 8.30 am at the corner of George Downs Drive and Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty. Lunch at cars. Leader: Margaret and Kaye Pointer 02 4374 1163

 

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 131

JUNE 2018

 

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.

 

BIRDLIFE AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL CONGRESS AND CAMP OUT. 8-11 SEPTEMBER, 2018, BROOME

The congress will be held on 8-9 September at the Mangrove Hotel in Broome and the camp out will be held at the Broome Bird Observatory on 10-11 September. Qantas has introduced special weekend fares to Broome from August 2018 but these are valid on select flights only and must be booked at least 60 days ahead. For more information about the congress and bookings go to http://www.broomebirdobservatory.com/anniversaryevents/2018/9/8/congress-and-campout

 

LORD HOWE ISLAND CONSERVATION PROJECTS WITH CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS. JUNE – OCTOBER, 2018

Lord Howe Island “Protecting Paradise Packages” allow participants to see Lord Howe Island and take part in programmes to protect endangered species including the Lord Howe Island Woodhen and the Lord Howe Island Plasmid. For more information, contact Darcelle Matassoni, Project Communications Coordinator, Lord Howe Island Board on darcelle.matassoni@lhib.nsw.gov.au. For holiday packages go to http://www.lordhoweisland.info/holiday-packages/#deals

 

A NEW SPECIES? THE VOGELKOP SUPERB BIRD-OF-PARADISE

Have a look at this video from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to see the comparison between this newly described Bird-of-Paradise and the Superb Bird-of-Paradise Check out our side-by-side comparison in this video

 

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. 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/.
  2. 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/.
  3. Two Orange-bellied Parrots, after raising three chicks in Tasmania, have completed a journey of more than 500 kilometres to reunite at Werribee’s Western Treatment Plant. http://birdlife.org.au/media/parrotsreu-nite/
  4. Aboriginal elders explain why some birds are black. http://birdlife.org.au/media/why-are-some-birds-black/

 

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 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 membership@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.

 

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 membership@birdingnsw.org.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.

 

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.